Schools of Love

Growing up as a child with many learning disabilities, I never thought that God could use me for much of anything. Over the years He has proven to me that when we walk with Him, anything is possible. If the truth be known, none of us knows what our futures hold. My story is one of learning how to love. We may believe that loving God is pretty easy, but that is not as true as we might think. As Christians, o love God alone, apart from the rest of a world filled with evil is somewhat easy, but when we enter into the evil and look it in the face and feel its destruction, we are challenged to examine the depth of our love for God and see how authentic it really is. The Apostle John challenged me to take a deeper look into my own heart to see just how much I really love God when he said, “How can you say that you love God whom you cannot see if you do not love your neighbor whom you can see?” Working in South Sudan has been one of my schools of love.

By Tom Zurowski

A Quote For Whatever God Has Called You To

“We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.” ~ Thomas Merton

Please pray for us at Global Response Network and for the work we continue to give ourselves to both in North America and in South Sudan. Thank you!

South Sudan president orders army to stop attacks on rebel positions

May 24, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday directed the army to not attack the position of armed opposition forces after declaring a unilateral ceasefire, saying it was time to prove to the world who was looking for peace and who is wanting war.

” I know they will be attacking your positions after learning declaration of the ceasefire. They will be provoking you, but do not respond, don’t move out of your positions. This is the message you need to deliver to the division commanders and the brigade commanders. Tell them this is the message from me and they should comply,” President Salva Kiir told the chief of defense staff on Wednesday.

The president congratulated the military officers whom he has given new assignments after restructuring the army, saying it was time to work together as one body and cohesive command.

” When you are one and work together as a team, the work you are doing will not be hard. The challenges will be easy to overcome. I know you have your capabilities and the will to transform and restructure the SPLA (Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army) so that it represents all the faces of the country. I know this is a challenge but if you work together you will turn these challenges into opportunities,” he said.

“You know challenges have always been our strength, so go and work together with the division commanders, brigade commanders and those under your command” further emphasized president Kiir on Wednesday.

He was talking to some of his military officers who paid him a courtesy call to congratulate him for appointing them on behalf of their family members and to give him assurance of support and loyalty to his leadership.

This comes after he issued several orders on Tuesday evening through the state-owned South Sudan broadcasting corporation appointing more than eight high-ranking generals into various positions.

Lt Gen. Malek Reuben Riak was appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Force and Inspector General of the SPLA.

Lt Gen. Dr Malual Ayom Dor was appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Operations, Training and Military Intelligence.

Lt Gen. Mangar Buong Alueng was appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Administration, Personnel and Finance.

Lt Gen. Gabriel Jok Riak was removed from Sector One Command and appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Force for Logistics and Procurement.
Lt Gen. Marial Chinoung Yol was appointed the commandant of the Ground Forces and Lt Gen. Johnson Juma Okot was appointed as the deputy.

Lt Gen. Charles Lam Chol was appointed the commandant of the Air Force and Air Defence Force and LTGEN. James Kong Kong was appointed as the deputy.

Lt Gen. James Gai Yoah was appointed the commandant of Riverine Units.

The reshuffle in the national army command is seen as intending to clear the SPLA of all the generals appointed by the former chief of general staff Paul Malong Awan.

Article courtesy of the Sudan Tribune

Half-hearted Devotion Is Not An Option

For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” ~ Apostle Paul ( 1 Corinthians 9:16 )

Woe to me if I should prove myself but a half-hearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.” ~ St. Fidelis

 

There seems to be a common thread that has woven its way through Christian history that one cannot ignore; it is the virtue of fidelity unto death for the cause of Jesus and His kingdom. Half-hearted devotion seems to be very uncommon in the lives those who have taken up their cross and followed their Lord along the “narrow way.” From Saint Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) until the present day, the cost for some to follow Jesus has been great.

 

Although martyrdom may not be required of us in our journey of faith, fidelity is.  Faithfulness birthed from love is normal Christianity, and this kind of faith needs to be rekindled among those who claim the name of Christ. According to Galatians chapter five, it looks like we would all do well to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to bear His fruit on the earth ( … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… ~ Gal. 5:22+23).

 

I would like to encourage all of us to consider our lives and ask ourselves two critical questions… Is what we are living for worth Jesus dying for and do our lives make sense in the light of eternity?

 

All for Jesus I surrender,

Tom Zurowski

South Sudan on 100 Huntley Street

I had the opportunity to be interviewed on 100 Huntley Street (Canada) some time ago and it was aired today. I was humbled to be interviewed by such a fine Christian lady. I thought I would post these “clips” to give you an idea of what we discussed. My sincere thanks to all of you who make this work possible!

Tom

Please “click” on links to watch.

 

TOM Z

Clean Water For Koggi, South Sudan

During the month of October, three villages that surround the village of Koggi (where GRN has worked for the last four years) were raided by “rebel” forces, and as a result, more than 1,500 people were left homeless. As a result, an internally displaced people (IDP) camp was set up in Koggi. Having more than 1,500 people added to the community has created a desperate need for water. Immediately, the water system became overwhelmed, and people were being forced to walk more than a mile (one way) just to get water. GRN saw the need and responded by having a well drilled within a hundred yards from the new IDP camp. Although there is a need for another well, the people in the camp are so happy to have clean water so close. Here are a few pictures from my trip in January. Please pray for peace in South Sudan!

 

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Ways To Pray For South Sudan

Many of you have asked what the best way to pray for South Sudan is, so we have compiled a short list for you with the hopes that it will help you pray more effectively. On behalf of the people of South Sudan, we at GRN want to thank you for your prayerful support.

1) Pray for God’s grace to overcome the trauma that so many people are experiencing right now in South Sudan.

2) Pray for the innocent villagers who are suffering due to the prideful sins of others.

3) Pray for the villagers to have the ability to return to their fields and begin to plant food again.

4) Pray for the over 4 million people who are on the verge of starvation.

5) Pray for the almost 2 million people who have been displaced.

6) Pray for a godly awakening to occur among government officials.

7) Pray for the ability to forgive those who are causing so much emotional and physical pain among the innocent.

8) Pray for overall peace in South Sudan.