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Issue 25 - May 2014

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The KEY RING is a monthly publication by the Kampala Baptist Church that seeks
to provide an avenue where men and women can share knowledge and
understanding of the word of God, experiences, encourage one another as the
older perform the act of ‘paralambano’ to the younger.
Our prayer is that the Lord will speak to you through these publications.
1. What is that one thing you would like people to know about you?
I am so passionate about young people giving their lives to Christ, being discipled and
being the transformers in their local church, their families, our naton and other natons
of Africa.
I have seen young people get saved, their lives changed, and also seen as the Lord uses
them to change their families and their communites.
2. You have been on mission in South Sudan for sometme now. What is life like in
Africa’s youngest state?
I have been going to southern Sudan for the last fve years. We really need to pray for
southern Sudan. When they became the youngest naton, everyone was so excited and
celebrated with them. And right now, they really need prayers for peace and stability
because the current crisis has been there since December last year.
We need to pray for them because the morale there is just like what we had in Uganda
during the late Idi Amin’s regime when there was tension everywhere and people leaving
town very early. As early as 6:00pm, people are already behind the doors of their houses
and they do not move out early. For example, the last tme I was there I had a 7am fight
but we could not move out tll afer 6.30. I was so nervous. People there are very sad and
a recent forecast predicted a famine in southern Sudan.
The last tme I was there was soon afer the crisis. It was very tense to the point that I had
to write my Will before I lef home. Every report that was coming from there was not
good. The infrastructure is so poor. The roads are really bad and have deeper pot holes
than ours here. There, you see a car going into pot hole from a distance and it disappears
for a moment before coming up again. When it rains, you don’t move on some of these
roads. I however cannot stop going there because God has not given up on His people!
God loves the people there and died for them too. We really need to pray for them!
3. Has the gospel of Christ found a place in the lives of the Sudanese during these tmes
of unrest? What impact has that had?
Oh, they are very tender and sensitve towards the Gospel. I wish people knew about this
truth. But we all fear to go
to a place that is not
stable. The Sudanese are
very, very
receptve; both the elderly
and the young people. The
last tme I went there, we
came across many road
blocks and because I was
the only foreigner in the
car,
every one could recognize
me. I was pulled out of the
car. I froze and didn’t
know what to do. So I
started giving out gospel
tracts to the people and they were so receptve; I was so touched.
One tme I was talking to a Christan teacher about running a Bible Club for the children in
the primary school - it was under a mango tree which also served as the staf room.
Another teacher, who had been observing from near by tapped me afer my talk with the
other teacher and said to me “Please pray with me I want to get Jesus as personal Lord
and saviour of my life. I have been a catholic but I don’t even have a Bible”.
On another occasion, I was at a
certain school where I spoke to
the students. I heard someone
running afer me. It was the
male teacher from the school
where I had been. He was calling
afer me, “Please will you come
back and when you come back,
can you please carry some Bibles
for us.”
Another tme, while in Northern
Balgazel state, I carried some
Bibles with me. I have never
seen people so happy to receive
Bibles.
Then there is another place
where I went to, in Western
Equatoria. The Bishop mobilized
people and leaders around his
diocese - about seventy elders
turned up - and these people
were dressed in rugs. On
Saturday afernoon they asked
me if we could stop the training
earlier than usual so that they
could go wash their clothes (the
ones there were wearing) for the next day. They wanted to wash their rugs! The
livelihood there is very touching - a lot of spiritual needs but also physical needs. Last
tme, some members in KBC gave me some clothes to take and this was so helpful.
4. What opportunites for ministry exist in South Sudan for the rest of the church of
Christ?
I think the greatest is to pray for the people of Southern Sudan, but also to go and
minister.
Also, there are very many Sudanese refugees here and these people have faced sorrow
and are in pain. These people need encouragement to go back and minister to their
own people.
There is also a great need for Bibles; they so much appreciate the word of God. There is
a tme I went to Juba and I looked for Bibles but couldn’t fnd them any where except at
a Catholics’ bookshop; I bought all the Bibles which were there. This last tme I was
much interested in Arabic Bibles (because the students I met in JUBA needed Arabic
Bibles) but Bible Society in Sudan did not have Arabic Bibles then.
Because of what these people have been through, they hunger for God’s word. I really
pray that people here will be sensitve to the needs of these people. Every tme I come
back from there I have to adjust to Uganda where we have so much and are so blessed.
I pray that God will open our eyes to love our neighbours here in Uganda - because
there are also lots of needs here - but also our neighbours in Sudan.
I ask the church of Christ to Pray, Give and Go (for those who can because living in
Southern Sudan is very expensive).
Elizabeth “Beth” Baleke
MISSION TO SOUTH SUDAN
Upcomi ng Event s
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May - Sunrise Prayer Walk
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June - Sunrise Prayer Walk
Pl eas e pl an t o be par t of t hes e wonder f ul t i mes of f el l ows hi p
“they hunger for God’s
word
Beth with her daughter
Beth meetng some community members