South Sudan News: A Story of Hope in Boma, South Sudan

by | Aug 5, 2014 | Christianity, Evangelism, South Sudan Evangelism, South Sudan News | 0 comments

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
Lumonyo, the elderly man I spoke of in my final update of my trip to Boma, South Sudan, went to be with the Lord last week.  At the time I wrote that last update, I was unaware that he had passed away.  His compelling story is an example of God’s love for the Murle people and His desire for all to come to Him.

Lumonyo as I saw him in July living in a tukul on the SEA Partners compound.

The Story of Lumonyo. I met Lumonyo on July 5th in Boma, South Sudan and spent only a few moments with him.  He had been rescued by the SEA Partners staff when he was found lying in a ditch waiting to die of starvation. Our staff nursed him back to health and gave him a place to live in our compound while providing him food each day.After meeting Lumonyo, we encouraged the local pastors to remain consistent in sharing the gospel with him and praying for his salvation. One, Pastor Solomon, took this encouragement to

Pastor Solomon (right) allowed me to greet the congregation on my visit to Boma.

heart and with the support of the SEA Partners staff, Vincent and Ken, Lumonyo accepted the Lord on July 13. Henry Okumu, our African Director, recounted the story to me.

“Lumonyo accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior at 3:00 PM on July 13, 2014. The message was shared by Pastor Solomon Korok in the company of Vincent and Ken.

It was not a one day affair. The boys and Solomon had been sharing the good news with him on several occasions in the past since they rescued him; but they had not yet guided him to accept salvation. On this particular day they had purposed to visit him and guide him to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior and he did. There was great rejoicing when he continued to ask them to pray for him whenever Pastor Solomon visited him.”

We praise God for giving these young servants the chance to lead this precious soul to eternal relationship with Him.

Pastor Solomon teaching in Sunday’s church service.

There are three things that are very encouraging about this situation:1. There is one more soul in the Kingdom of God for all eternity.
2. Our pastoral training is having an impact on the lives of Murle in Boma.
3. The prayers and gifts of our partners are providing for the spiritual needs of a community.

Dr. Brake teaches the Boma pastors on Christian leadership. (left to right: Jameson Ngabolo, Solomon Korok, John Korok, Peter Kabacha, Henry Okumu, Dr. Brake.)

Final Thoughts

Thank you for all your support and prayers. Lumonyo is in glory with our Lord due to your generosity. The soul of this man is priceless and worth any investment we could make. Teams from Harvest Community Church, Fellowship Church, and members of SEA Partners Board of Directors have spent time and money training pastors from the Boma area. This story of Lumonyo is only one example that this labor has not been in vain.

The gospel is being preached in Boma and it is bearing fruit. Lives are being changed in the surrounding villages and Christ is impacting the hearts of all our students in Faith Learning Center. Boma is not an easy place for ministry, but the rewards of those who faithfully endure are eternal. Count yourself among those who are directly connected to what the Holy Spirit is accomplishing in the lives of those in Boma.

Thank you so much for your expressions of love towards these people and please know that supporting the Boma Project is having an impact for Christ.

Advancing His Kingdom with you;


Donnie Brake


PS. Your support allows us to continue training future leaders of South Sudan. Please consider a gift to help us in this important endeavor.