Through detours in our day we see God

In the middle of our morning language lesson the phone rang. A patient at the clinic needed to be taken to the local hospital, so we dropped our books and jumped into the truck.

After dropping them off, we stopped in the market where we met new friends who invited us to share a meal and on the way home, we picked up a passenger who was looking for a Bible in his own language.

As we led him to the bookstore we heard that our neighbour delivered a new baby, so we stopped by to visit over a cup of coffee.

When we returned, Jono noticed the truck had a flat tire that needed to be repaired and by the time we arrived home the day was just about over.

We’ve found that this is the beauty of life here. The frequent changes and the interruptions that allow us to meet new people, make new friends and learn more about our community. It’s often through these detours in our day that we see God’s sovereignty. Even when our days do manage to stay on track, we find that God still uses our work in unexpected ways.

One week, Rachel was helping the clinic staff prepare a health lesson to teach in their communities. While reviewing the importance of having clean drinking water and where to find it, the conversation moved into the importance of having a clean heart and how to look in the Bible to find Jesus’ words and encouragement.

When the vaccine fridge at the clinic needed to be fixed, Jono went to town to meet Ismak* (*name changed), a man who had fled to South Sudan and now works as a repairman. They spent the next two days together working on fridges, driving to get parts and sharing about their lives. Ismak shared about loss in his family and the hardships faced in his country. They talked about Ramadan, fasting in Christianity and Islam, and how Jesus fasted for 40 days and healed many people.

Life in Doro, South Sudan is difficult to sum up in a few short sentences and it’s not because what we are doing is so great or huge. Our lives here aren’t all that different from home; it’s just hotter and more surprising.

We try to live each day to show God’s love to our South Sudanese and Sudanese neighbours. This means being flexible and trusting Him to provide the opportunities we need, even when they come through broken fridges or lessons about water.