It's here! Some of you followed the trip of this beautiful beast from the US to Nairobi, a few weeks ago. Yesterday we had the official dedication of this Caravan, which is a joint project between AIM (Africa Inland Mission) and SIM (Sudan Interior Mission.) We were thrilled to be able to participate in this, and we can always mark our time here alongside that of this plane. We both hope to be working in Africa a long time!
I wish I had captured on video this man's testimony. He and his family are Ethiopian, working as missionaries in South Sudan. People like this are why we are here. (Western missionaries as well, of course; but we all have a strong heart for equipping and training existing African churches and believers to go to the unreached themselves, when possible, and us playing a supporting role. We're not there yet, as the need is still so great, but we are working towards that goal.) This incredible man told us stories of how God used the terrible things that have happened in South Sudan for good instead of evil. When Sudan split in two a few years ago (the day Caroline was born, actually. Its handy for keeping track!), the north kindly requested that all non-Arabs leave. Or something like that. So there were many African Muslim tribes that headed to South Sudan. Of course, for the past 18 months or so, South Sudan has been having its own civil war, so people are moving all around again just trying to stay alive. Hundreds of thousands have become refugees, and many internally displaced people have made homes in camps in South Sudan. This family works in one of them, and sends believers out two by two to share the truth in these camps, and have welcomed people from many different tribes in to the Family. We are beyond humbled to serve and partner with these guys, and so many others, who depend on AIM Air.
People from many different organizations spent time in worship and prayer to commit the plane to the Lord. From the mechanic to the pilot to the on the ground church planter to the accountants and computer people to the partners in other countries, we all want the same thing: to see people move from being enemies of God, as we all once were, to children of God, at peace with Him. In this part of the world, this plane can have a big impact on that! So exciting!!!! How many more languages and tribes might be represented around the throne one day because this plane took some beautiful, tired, dusty feet to some remote place to share the most beautiful news in the world?
If you have time, here is a slideshow of other fun, interesting or special moments of the last few weeks.
Thank you for sharing in the journeys of the Crisp family. We are ordinary people who know and love an extraordinary God, only because He first knew and loved us. Out of gratitude to Him, and a desire to see His name known, we follow where He leads.