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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Rwanda and Sudan. For those who read and pray about what's happening in the world, those are two countries that bring shivers. The former suffered a genocide a decade ago; the latter is experiencing one now (in the area of Darfur). This summer, two young couples from Highland--grad students at ACU--are traveling to those countries to consider the possibility of planting mission teams there. They're going with their eyes wide open, eager to see what God may have prepared. I almost don't have words to describe my admiration for their faith and spiritual passion. Greg and Sara Kendall-Ball will be visiting Rwanda, and Houston and Kelly Shearin will be going to Sudan. (They will be in the southern part of the Sudan--quite a ways away from Darfur.) Both are going to be with older, more experienced missionaries as they survey and pray. Think of all the prayers we've lifted for these two countries. Think of how often we've prayed for the Shalom of Christ to fall on them, and of how often we've prayed "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Both of these trips are very expensive. But how could they really commit to a long-term mission without visiting first? Highland has made generous donations to both couples, and both have been trying to raise money from friends, family, and other churches. But both still need several thousand dollars. (Think, for example, of the expense of having to charter a private plane just to get into Sudan.) If you're interested in joining Diane and me in helping them, you can make a check out to "Highland Church of Christ" and mark either "Shearins/Sudan" or "Kendall-Balls/Rwanda." Also, if you're possibly interested but would like to visit with either couple by phone or e-mail, please let me know (e-mail gina@highlandchurch.org) and I'll pass that along to them. I don't think I've ever done this before in the history of my little blog. But this is weighing on me. We've asked the Lord to raise up workers and now workers have been raised up. Will we send them?


  • Here's the address:

    Highland Church of Christ
    425 S. Highland
    Abilene, TX 79605


    By Blogger Mike, at 4/21/2005 04:50:00 AM  

  • Mike, I've heard you speak of the unspeakable evil that has occured and is still occuring in both Rwanda and Sudan many times. It wasn't until I actually "saw" the evil that my heart opened for these people.

    Matt Maxwell shared a video with me - The Invisible Children - that has haunted my memory for the past month. I posted in detail about the video a while back at: http://joelquile.blogspot.com/2005/03/discover-unseen.html

    This post also includes a link to go watch a trailer about the atrocities of child abduction (they recruit 6 yr old kids for the military) that is occuring in the Sudan right now!

    I praise God for your post and for the faithfulness, conviction, and courage of Greg, Sara, Houston, and Kelly. At the risk of letting the right know what the left is doing, I am declaring that Kim and I will help you and Diane send them.

    "Ask and I'll give the nations to you!"

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 4/21/2005 05:34:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Sara and I really appreciate your willingness to serve as a mouthpiece for our work this summer. In addition to the financial resources we hope to gain, I pray that this message will raise up a ring of pray-ERs to constantly raise both of our trips to the Lord. As much faith as we put in social and political sciences, these atrocities happened because Satan has a stronghold in these places (as has been attested to by many missionaries who have travelled there), and he is not willing to let go lightly. The single greatest contribution that people can make is to pray daily (hourly!) for our trip .

    I'm not sure when the Shearon's are going, but we will be landing in Kigali on June 16th, and flying out again on the 5th of July. If we had people praying over us, I know we will be able to do more in our time there, being protected from the antagonistic spiritual realities of that place.

    Thanks again for lendig your powerful, well-known voice to our cause!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 4/21/2005 06:33:00 AM  

  • Prayers for the students going on the survey trip this summer would be amazing... My boyfriend stephen Lamb will be travelling to Uganda and Sudan for about two months this summer. Prayers for the whole team, safety, and the trip itself. It is an amazing step into Sudan!

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 4/21/2005 09:44:00 AM  

  • A comment from Kelly Shearon, of recent "Houston and Kelly Shearon" fame, who (wisely?) does not have a blogspot account:


    Houston and I also greatly appreciate your love and support of our dream to bring the peace of Christ to Africa. Like Greg and Sara, we also desperately need our trip to be covered in prayer. We leave the states on June 20th and will head to Sudan via Kampala, Uganda. Our first week will be spent in Nimule, just over the border, and then our group will attempt to travel north toward Uwayl by whatever means available. We hope to survey several areas of southern Sudan to estimate means by which a missionary team might work and live effectively.

    Greg is absolutely correct in pointing out the power of Satan over these regions, and we also ask that as many as possible join us in prayer against the spiritual oppression and darkness that is so overwhelming in Sudan. Pray also for the continued advances toward peace in Sudan, and for the many refugees who are beginning to return to their homes from camps in neighboring countries.

    Kelly Shearon

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 4/21/2005 10:19:00 AM  

  • Good for you Mike! God gave you a well-respected and well-heard(read)voice for a reason. Thanks for being faithful in using it.

    Our prayers are/will be with these two faithful couples as they embrace God's call and follow His leading. I'll spread the word to as many as possible, and mark my calendar for the dates of travel. Prayer is powerful and effective! I'll start a prayer circle with my friends to cover them as they go, and for those who will receive encouragement and hope from them.

    God speed guys! Thanks again Mike for providing an opportunity to serve.

    By Blogger Niki, at 4/21/2005 01:17:00 PM  

  • Thank you Niki, for your prayers! If only we could get 100 more of these prayer cirlces offering up daily prayers, we might be able to get some real work done when we're there!!!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 4/21/2005 02:28:00 PM  

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