MBS Touches South Sudan

| April 21, 2014

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Future-Church-captionTwenty-two years of civil war have ravaged Sudan, leaving victims of death, torture, rape and starvation. Into this terrible suffering steps two ministries: God’s Tender Mercy (GTM) and the Maryland Bible Society. GTM was founded for the purpose of caring for and educating the souls and bodies of orphans who somehow managed to survive and arrive in the small village of Pajok, South Sudan. MBS provides encouragement, prayer and some financial support to GTM. With the grace of God, these young children walk into the welcoming arms of David and Grace Omal Ocee who co-founded the ministry with Jeff and Kathy Huber. Jeff Huber travel from Maryland to Pajok annually and the family’s desire is to spend a few year’s in Pajok to support and strengthen the ministry.

David inherited 15 acres of fertile land from his family and thankfully it was still undisturbed after the war. Returning home, David and Grace with their 7 children, decided God was calling them to receive more of His Children. Farming started immediately with 6 acres that produced enough food for the family and orphaned children for 5 months. The great blessing of this country is the climate provides 2 growing seasons. As they are able, more and more of the land will be farmed and become a major part of the economic recovery of Pajok.

Educating the children is a major concern of the ministry. Already five 20’ circular mud huts have been constructed and provide space for the nursery, kindergarten and 1st grade classes.  With startup funding from MBS they are in the process of building a permanent structure that will be large enough for religious services, fellowship,  and activities. Those teaching in the school and working on the farm are people hired from the village, again helping to establish an economic base. The vision is for Pajok and the surrounding areas to have Bible teaching churches for a grounded Christian community, to be educated, self-sufficient and prosperous, committed to Jesus Christ.Nursery-School-Graduation-caption

The children are taught through the entirety of Scripture so they may be grounded in their faith. There is also an annual Bible conference to teach the adults to help them grow in their faith. The children in the orphanage are receiving extra instruction  to read and write in English beyond the school curriculum. To enhance the school curriculum, a local conference for the teachers of Pajok was provided, on how to use phonics, enabling them to better teach reading. Currently there are 20 orphans in residence and 160 children in school this year. Also, there is a desire to organize a ministry for the deaf to help them read and communicate. As you can see, the founders of GTM have accomplished a great deal in 3 short years.

Please keep them in your prayers.  Deut. 10:18 “God defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing”

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For over 200 years, the mission of the Maryland Bible Society (MBS) has been to see that every individual has an opportunity to own a Bible regardless of their native language or financial situation. Here in Maryland this mission has been mostly fulfilled. We now are turning our emphasis to encouraging and helping people read, understand and live out the truths and principles God has given us through His Holy Scriptures. As a non-denominational ministry, MBS is uniquely positioned to offer God’s Word without note or comment to Christians from all denominational backgrounds. This position allows us to work with all local Christian churches, serving and assisting them as they follow God’s lead. MBS has and will continue to establish and build partnerships that promote the distribution of the Bible, supply related sources and provide educational opportunities. Our vision is to ignite fresh passion for God’s Word to be lived out in the daily lives of people in Maryland and the world beyond. God’s Word contains truths that speak to all of the important areas of our lives: family, marriage, work, friendships, finances and parenting. It serves as the ‘road map’ for the often-overwhelming experience of life. It is a comfort, an encouragement, a teacher. It is convicting, edifying and inspiring. The Bible reveals our purpose in life. The Creator of the Universe has given us His Word to guide and direct us as we serve Him and live in the world.

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