Sudan Southeast holds district assembly and ordination service
Thursday, April 8, 2010
On January 26, muggers attacked a Nazarene leader of Southern Sudan and left him for dead on the side of a road. This attempt to stop the work of God across the vast area of Sudan did not succeed. Instead, God protected John Yual, Sudan Ministries coordinator, and sent others to witness and help him. After days in the hospital, he was released and continues to make a full recovery.

On March 3, Yual and enthusiastic Nazarenes dressed in colorful robes and waved banners as they marched, sang, and ululated, welcoming David W. Graves, general superintendent in jurisdiction for Africa, Filimao Chambo, regional director for Africa, Cosmos Mutowa, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries/Helping Hands Africa regional coordinator, Howie and Bev Shute, missionaries and former Horn of Africa leaders, and the Horn of Africa Field Strategy coordinator, Ermias Choliye, to Southern Sudan.

The next day was a historic day for the church in Sudan as Yual hosted and Graves presided over the district assembly for the Sudan Southeast District. Eight ordinands from the districts of Sudan East, South, and Southeast were recommended to become elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Graves ordained this enthusiastic group of pastors and leaders, dressed in their graduation gowns. Some had come from as far as Gambella in Ethiopia and others walked for two days to attend their graduation, district assembly, and ordination service. It was a service marked by the visible presence of the Holy Spirit as Graves laid hands on the ordinands and prayed for them.

Under the open sky, with no shelter from the scorching heat and temperatures around 45° C (113° F), Graves encouraged the ordinands from Acts 6 to be wise and live in God's power like Stephen. After the ordination, the congregation was treated to great music by choirs of youth and women, who sang in praise to the Lord for His amazing work.

That afternoon, Chambo spoke from the Word of God. Shute shared how to implement the region's 21 strategic principles and use the Evangeball. Mutowa reminded the ordinands of their responsibility to share the message of holiness and to live it out daily in their communities with a compassionate lifestyle and through compassionate evangelism. Choliye reminded everyone of the church's strategy to carry out the Great Commission in their region of Africa.
 --John Yual, Sudan Ministries coordinator, Cosmos Mutowa, NCM/HHA Africa Regional coordinator for NCN News-Africa
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