A Story from South Sudan

Here in the office, we get a number of testimonies, such as the one below from Every Village in South Sudan.

This story is about a man in the Mvolo area in South Sudan, where we began broadcasting last October.

“This man was a nonbeliever whose son woke up one morning with a high fever. The man turned on his radio to hear our (Every Village) station and heard one of our radio staff about to pray. Our radio staff member asked anyone around a sick person to lay their hand on the part that was sick. This non-believing man put his hand on his sick son’s head. Our radio staff member prayed and the boy was healed. The man was saved and is now composing songs going out over the airwaves. Praise God for His power and grace on display in South Sudan.”

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Audio Bibles for South Sudan

A man named Hani Boulos has been partnering with Galcom International for a few years.  Hani lives in Canada but travels to South Sudan and takes along a small order of Galcom audio Bibles each time.

Hani recently sent us a note:

“A project started in 2011 to distribute audio bibles to assemblies and preaching points in the Nuba mountain area where they do not have many visitors. This small device works with solar power, and a loud speaker that allows 15-20 people to listen to it at the same time. A couple of months after we started recording some simple gospel messages and sound doctrine, the civil war started again in the Nuba Mountain area, and we were not able to deliver audio bibles. In May 2015, the Lord opened the door again through brother Butrus from South Sudan, who was able to go into this area. Over the last year, we were able to distribute over 500 audio bibles targeting the disabled, blind, illiterate, young people, and preaching points. Please pray for another shipment that will be sent this week.picture13

South Sudan is a multilingual country with about 64 tribes and languages. For now we send audio in two languages; Dinka and Nuer, the largest tribes. We are targeting three main languages (Dinka, Nuer, and Nuba Moro) plus English and Arabic (both Sudanese Arabic and Arabi Juba) since the device is capable of carrying two more languages.

I was also able to record some gospel messages in simple Sudanese Arabic as it is understood in these areas, and uploaded some Sudanese songs too.

Thank the Lord who burdened many hearts to support this work financially, also for Galcom international, and others who produce those devices.

Please pray that the Lord may use His Word, and for many to listen to the Word, and to know the Savior.”

Reaching Every Village for Christ

Formally known as Aid Sudan, Every Village changed their name in 2012, because their goal in South Sudan is to reach every village for Christ.

South Sudan is a landlocked country in East Central Africa and gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. However, there is currently a civil war raging throughout the country which is one of the causes of a water shortage.

img_1452At Every Village, their heart is to provide clean drinking water to these people by drilling wells, and the Gospel message through radio. They send mission teams into South Sudan to do much of the work, but back in 2008, Galcom International had the opportunity to assist in building a radio station.

Since then, Galcom has had a close partnership with Every Village, sending literally thousands of radios to aid them in spreading the Gospel in South Sudan!  Why radio? In the bush of South Sudan, there is very little Bible translation and a minuscule literacy rate

Recently, an email was sent to Galcom from Andrew Brown at Every Village, where he oversees the radio programming for Every Village. He mentioned that he took 12,000 radios with him when he last went to South Sudan. Four thousand went to their radio station in Aweil; and the other 8,000 went to the city of Tonj and Mvolo County. What is exciting about the radio distribution to these two areas is that it was the first time these people had the opportunity to receive radios!

Every Village held a pastor’s conference which was attended by 672 pastors who came to pray for their nation and collect their Galcom radios. One pastor mentioned that women especially love hearing the radio broadcasts because most of them are illiterate. These women have become advisers in society, because they hear the broadcasts (whether Gospel content or community development content) and then tell their husbands and children what they have learned. This, in turn, spreads to the whole neighborhood! Each radio impacts an average of 7.5 people. Every Village’s radio station network supports the work of long-term missionaries by broadcasting the gospel through Galcom International’s solar-powered, hand-held radios.