Guatemala Bound!

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Today Caleb and Megan Martin are answering God’s call on their lives and are making their way to Ecuador, for their five weeks of training, before they go to Guatemala as missionaries! We (The team of GRN) are very proud of this godly couple and are excited to see what God has in store for them! Please keep them in your prayers as they do their best to live the normal christian life and obey God’s calling. Thank you!

Simon’s Story… GRN Early Years

photo1When Simon was seven years old, he and his family lived in South Sudan. One day, Muslim militia came from the north of Sudan and raided his village. Simon’s whole family was killed before his eyes. He was taken to the north and sold as a slave. The man who bought him put him in charge of his sheep. Simon did not know how to take care of sheep, so he did not do as good of a job as his master wanted him to do. As punishment, the master tied a rope around Simon’s neck and tied the other end of the rope around a camel. He proceeded to slap the camel and made it run. Simon was dragged and nearly killed by the incident. Simon was then sold to another man, but his new master did not like him either so he sold him. Finally, another man purchased him. Out of hatred for Simon, he literally took him to the bush and hung him from a tree. Just “by chance” a person was walking through the bush and saw Simon’s small body hanging from a tree. The man cut him down from the tree and saw that there was still life in him. The man happened to have known Simon’s father when he was still alive. This man  adopted Simon as his own son. I met Simon many years ago in a camp with his adopted father. He graciously gave me his shirt and I gave him a brand new shirt. The shirt he had been wearing represented many bad memories of being forced to go to an Islamic school and learn things that went against his Christian faith. I will never forget him.” – Tom Zurowski 

“The Least of These”

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“The King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40

Please continue to pray for GRN, as we continue to do our best to help “the least of these”, in South Sudan. Thank you!

The Cost of Working in South Sudan

Untitled-5How much would you pay for a bottle of hand soap? Three, four, or maybe even five dollars? Due to unpredictable hyper-inflation in South Sudan, my dad, Tom Zurowski, director and founder of Global Response Network, and I had to pay fourteen dollars for a simple container of hand soap on our last trip there! Now, this is not a sob story; it’s just the reality of working in South Sudan.

It has been said that South Sudan is the second most expensive country to work in and it simply takes money to be able to work effectively there. Continue reading “The Cost of Working in South Sudan”