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Refugee Camp for South Sudanese

Refugee Camp for South Sudanese

Dotted across are the border of Uganda and South Sudan are refugee camps which shelter a total of 1.2 million South Sudanese, who have fled from their homes because of physical and religious persecution. When I first arrived at one particular refugee camp last November, I met David, a simple young man with a shy smile. But when he began to tell his testimony, my smile became shy, and tears could not be contained. Pastor David, as I call him today, has become a hero to me and our team.

David arrived at the refugee camp three years ago with nothing except a Bible in his hand. He built his own mud and straw shack, using a canvas donated by the UN. Even though David and his family were separated from each other, David began discipling and teaching the Bible to young refugee guys. Together, they started a woodworking business, which God has blessed.

Their desire to continue expanding their business within the camp in order to help refugees led Pastor David built a covered meeting area, where men and women can gather to share new ideas. As a result of this, the business has included making costume jewelry, giving haircuts, making birthday cakes, and providing affordable weddings in exchange for pasta or rice. They also fixed two old sewing machines, giving several women the means to make dresses and fix clothes for refugees.

More than twenty people are now involved in this business in the middle of a refugee camp in rural Uganda, bordering one of Africa's most persecuted countries. All of these people are making some profit from the business and getting food for their own children and families. 

This last Friday, we decided to visit them again and this time with a big blessing. Through an initiative of Jenny Gallup and Action International Ministries, we presented Pastor David and the others with a donation of $500 to help them continue to grow their business. They shook out hands with gratitude and could not contain their smiles. Soon, a group of four was formed to manage the money, including Pastor David and three women. I gave some micro-business advice, and we look forward to visiting them next month to confirm how they are doing. We believe that many people will benefit, the business will grow, and the Gospel of Jesus will spread.

Thank you for praying for us here in Africa. None of this would be possible without you.

God bless you!