MAF brings God's light to the Toposa people in South Sudan

MAF brings God's light to the Toposa people in South Sudan

MAF is passionate to bring God's light into the darkness. And the war-torn Toposa people of South Sudan is no exception

Using his pair of crutches, Joram, a young man with one leg, hobbles across the red-earth airstrip at Kapoeta in South Sudan to where he has spotted Patricia Caroom standing under the shadow of the MAF Caravan tail. Their embrace is warm and affectionate.

For the last seven years, MAF has flown Patricia Caroom four times a year with a team from e3 Partners to Kapoeta, South Sudan, so they can tell the Toposa tribe about Jesus.

The Toposa people cannot read or write, so Patricia introduced them to solar recording devices. Bible stories are recorded in their own language so they can listen to them long after the missionaries have left the village.

Joram, Patricia’s devoted friend and helper, has had a painful life. He lost an eye in childhood and his leg during the Sudanese war, and has no family to care for him. 'There are details of his story he finds too painful to tell,' recalls Patricia.

Today, he studies at Kapoeta Secondary School and shares the Gospel with children through Good News Bible clubs. He also translates for missionaries from e3 Partners in remote Toposa villages.

Patricia has fond memories of one woman who was known as the town drunk. ‘We were telling the story of the demon possessed man. I said, “Do you think that demon possessed man could ever change?” By the time we left the village, the lady had stopped drinking and had become a believer.

‘We always travel with MAF,’ concludes Patricia, ‘except once when they weren’t flying. We suffered a terrible four-hour drive to Kapoeta! MAF is a real blessing.’

Pray for Joram, who lost his leg during the Sudanese war and lost an eye at childhood and travels around spreading God’s Word using a pair of crutches.

Pray also for e3 Partners as they encourage believers, spread the Gospel, and help Joram with his ministry to children.