Alumni Heading to War-torn Region

By September 16, 2014 Alumni No Comments

Two of our alumni are heading to one of the most dangerous parts of the world to share Jesus. For their security, we can’t disclose their names or location, but we ask you to pray for them as they move forward in their calling. Here’s a letter from them to you.

What a wonderful opportunity to share our story with you all!
We are going to the crossroads between Middle East and North Africa to share the light of Jesus Christ. We believe that the upheaval in this region of the world is a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus. Times and times again we have seen how God redeems sin. The war, turmoil, sickness and many other atrocities opened people’s hearts and made them recognize their need for God. Jesus is the hope that they need. Now is a great time to go into those difficult lands with a message of hope.
My husband worked in Darfur for four years as genocide and civil war raged on in Sudan.

J: I started PBC in 1998 because as a pre-teen I read the story of David Livingston and knew in my heart that I wanted to go to Africa. I graduated in 2002 and after doing ministry in Colombia South America for about a year I returned to US and finished my MBA. In 2007 God opened the door for me to work with an NGO in Darfur for four years.

M: I came to PBC with a similar desire to prepare for overseas work in 2006. I met J in 2010 while he was back in PDX for a few months of break. It is a beautiful story of miracles how God brought us together. We have been married for a couple of years and we are ready to launch back into the field very soon. God is building our faith to trust Him by stepping out in obedience, taking risks with wisdom.

One of the passages of Scripture that has inspired us is Job 14:7-9
“At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.

God called us to a people groups not to a specific location. The people of Darfur have had to flee their lands and find refuge in the neighboring countries. Many of Darfuriens have encountered much pain, devastation and brokenness. God gave us a vision to go to those people with a message of Healing for yesterday, Courage for today, and Hope for tomorrow.
The need for laborers is great. Sudan has the most unreached people groups – over 100K. Almost all the communities there don’t have any witness for Christ and thus no example of how to follow Jesus.
We would love to share more and connect with you. Contact PBC if you would like to partner with us in what we are doing.