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Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith Comes by Hearing

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.
And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.
Matthew 4:16

Today, as we sit in our offices with stacks of bibles, commentaries, and devotions, at least 2000 languages are still without one word of Scripture. God has revealed His character, His plan, and His promises to us through His Word, but for more than 1.5 billion people around the world, access to reading or hearing about this God of love in a language they can understand is not yet possible.

We are thrilled to announce that this will change forever as we launch our new Bible translation project for the Taposa people of South Sudan in the new year.

After a decade of persevering, unconditional love, our national missionaries have laid a firm foundation of trust and respect, developing the relationships to make this new work possible. Preparations have been made for a translation team of tribal elders, educated youth, and outside language advisors to begin co-laboring on the Gospel of Luke.

Because the Taposa have no written history and no value for literacy, they rely on oral stories to pass down traditions and impart wisdom throughout the generations. This would make a written Bible translation totally inaccessible to most of the elders, who lead their communities and shape their entire culture.

Thankfully, through the tireless self-sacrifice of our missionary parents, God has been preparing a handful of discipled teenagers who are highly literate and devoted to serving Jesus with their education. After we create a written Taposa text of the book of Luke, these teens will read it to the elders, who will be recorded reciting the scriptures.

For the first time in history, the Taposa will have an audio Bible spoken in their own heart language. This new audio Bible will be put onto solar charged devices that can be carried around and listened to in hundreds of villages, home to some 250,000 Taposa people scattered throughout a vast unreached desert. As God’s Word breaks through the darkness, cultures and communities will be forever changed.

To complete this exciting new work, we will need to build a handful of rooms for the translation and recording project, along with a half-dozen huts to accommodate the translation team while they are working out in the village. The book of Luke will be our first priority, then we will begin translating hundreds of key stories in the Old Testament.
Our vision is to have the entire Bible translated in 10 years or less. For the first year, the estimated project cost of $25,000 will cover the equipment, salaries, and room and board for our team of 25 people.

The magnitude of this project is a new step of faith for us, so we ask you to stand with us and our translation team in constant prayer and financial partnership as we endeavor to bring God’s word to an unreached people group waiting to hear for the first time.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Pastor Rob Douglass

Please write “Bible Translation” in the Notes
Prayer Requests

Prayer Requests

Prayer Requests

Ends of the Earth Ministries

In South Sudan:

Please continue to pray for the nation of South Sudan. Decades of Civil War have collapsed the economy, resulting in mass starvation and desperation. Hopelessness and violence run rampant throughout communities.

Pray for our 500 students that are being daily discipled in the love of God and His Word, so they may lead their nation Into a new season of hope.

Pray for the 75 children and young adults in our children’s home and for the Missionary parents that are laying down their lives to provide peace and unconditional love to these precious ones.

Please pray for the new churches in the Tauso & Taposa villages. Pray that the pastors and medical staff will have the spiritual and physical tenacity to handle the countless challenges while living amongst Stone-Age tribes.

In Kenya:

Pray for the refugee students in our missionary training college in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. They are fasting and praying as they prepare to return to South Sudan to begin reaching cities across the border in North Sudan, with hopes to plant churches amongst Muslim peoples in 2020-21.

In USA:

Pray for the Missions Equip Training Programs. We are in the throws of launching two new schools this year.

The first – International School, will be used in Bible Colleges as a complete missions training course.

The second – Transformation, is a cross-cultural immersion training program, equipping missionaries to assimilate into their new culture while learning the language and world view.

Pray that God would continue to empower, envision and sustain us as we seek to establish nationally led, culturally relevant, biblical-based churches among unreached peoples.

Yours for the unreached,

Pastor Rob Douglass

Songs of Hope

Songs of Hope

Songs of Hope

In the stillness of our world-wide quarantine, a tiny desert village breathes with life as a choir of a hundred voices lifts to break the silence, carrying melodies of Hope in the wind.
Despite the very desperate situation continuing to unfold in South Sudan with the civil war, economy collapse, crumbling government, and now closed borders to our main source of food and supplies in Kenya, our kids and missionaries continue to prosper in God’s faithfulness.

Just before the border closed, we were able to bring truck loads of beans, rice, and other basic staple supplies to our program. With our new well on the compound providing constant clean water, and the help of our missionary parents diligently teaching the kids how to farm, our children are now able to grow their own food in a desert wasteland.

There is still much need and a continual sense of danger, but the kids in our program are thriving in region where most are just barely surviving. In a remote and desperate corner of the world, the children you support have become a source of hope and light to the surrounding unreached community.

As dusk falls and the bustle of the village turns to silence each night, the only thing heard is the beautiful echo of 75 children from our home, along with their parents, crying out songs of praise. Once unreached and in despair, our children now fill the desert skies with harmonious joy, hope, and confident trust in our faithful Lord!

Though all of us are experiencing uncertain times with the outbreak of COVID-19, stepping back to see everything through the eyes of God shifts our vision from our circumstances to an eternal perspective, and enables our hearts to praise Him no matter what may come.

Several months ago as I laid in a hospital bed suffering with Malaria and finding myself fighting this vicious disease yet again, I asked the Lord,

“Do you love me?” He answered in the same way He always has, “Rob I have always loved you. I came to this earth 2,000 years ago, and I paid for your sins before you were even born. That one act of love, giving my life on the cross, is the only thing you need to think about. I love you and I always have.” So, as I try to step back and get an eternal perspective in these times of difficulty and constant change, I have to remember that God hasn’t changed one bit, and His faithful love endures forever.

Be encouraged! Be the light in your community, as you let Jesus turn your fear into faith and sorrows into songs. Thank you for supporting our children in South Sudan and playing a vital role in bringing light to the Ends of the Earth!

God Bless you, be safe, and trust the Lord.

Pastor Rob Douglass

Worship Under The Stars

Worship Under The Stars

Worship Under the Stars

Voices rang out under the milky way as clouds of dust arose from the joyful stomping of barefooted villagers, once untouched by the Gospel.  I rejoiced to see the fulfillment of 20 years of prayer unfolding before me, as God quietly spoke to my heart: “As I promised Abraham, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars … So shall your offspring be.’ Trust Me and walk with Me and I will pour out my Spirit on this desert land.” In the neighboring villages of our discipleship program, many of the kids who came to us from the “Forgotten People” over a decade ago are now venturing out in hut to hut evangelism, sharing the love of God to the isolated communities they once lived in.

Marko, like many others, had been reluctant to send his son Lobai to our children’s home during its early years. When our African director, James Nyika, assured the resistant father that Lobai would be properly cared for and receive an education, Marko consented, unaware of the eternal impact this decision would have on his own life. When Lobai heard that his father recently fell ill, he and six other boys in our program returned to the village to pray over Marko. Amazed at the change in his now teen-aged son, Marko sat as Lobai led the boys in prayer over his feeble body. The love of God prevailed, compelling Lobai’s father to receive the Good News and give his life to Jesus.

 

 

After visiting with Marko, the boys began to collect firewood and invite other villagers to join them for prayer that evening. Curious bystanders gathered around the fire, as another of our boys, Lokwar, stood to welcome them in their native tongue. Seeing the boldness of their grown up children overflowing with God’s love and confidently worshiping in their own language, the people began sobbing with joy. The young wandering children they had once known were now young adults being powerfully used by the God of the universe.

As God’s Spirit continued to pour out on the village, another youth, Ariko, preached and invited all to come to Jesus, followed by a prayer of confession. Light pierced the darkness as fifteen men and sixty women came forward to receive the Lord around the glowing bonfire illuminating the night. What began with a small group of obedient young disciples has now become an established church, meeting several evenings a week to gather and worship the Creator of the stars above. 

Lobai’s father Marko, who was among the first to receive Jesus, died one week after the boys prayed for him. Though his body did not recover from the sickness, he found true healing in the arms of his Savior. He will be followed by many from his village who can now enter eternity welcomed by their Heavenly Chief.

In the same way that Marko’s village was recently unreached, fifty percent of the world’s population still lives in areas with no access to the Gospel.  We exist to share the good news of Jesus Christ with those who have never had the chance to hear His name.

Thank you for your faithful prayers, love and support of Ends of the Earth Ministries!

God bless you,
Pastor Rob Douglass

Abigail Nyika

Abigail Nyika

Abigail Nyika

As I entered the house and embraced Jane, I was unable to control my sorrow. We all sat weeping for quite a long time. Amidst the tears, I did my best to communicate how many of their church family in America are continuously praying and sending their deepest condolences.

As I sat next to Jane, James began recounting the events of the last few days. He explained how Abigail had an uncommon passion to know more about Jesus. During their family devotions she would pray with the wisdom of a mature Christian even though she was only eight years old. A few weeks ago she told her family that they must begin studying the gospel of John. So they did. James said, “Abigail made statements and asked questions more profound than any I had heard in seminary.“

On Monday James took Abigail to the hospital when she began to show signs of a sickness. The Doctor found an infection in her blood and was treating her with a injection each day. On Friday, she began the day feeling weaker than normal but seemed to be stable. Near lunchtime, she became too weak to stand on her own and her parents called the doctor and rushed her to the hospital. During the drive Abigail was communicating clearly and praying for Jesus to make a way through the traffic to get to the hospital on time. As they approached the heaviest traffic, miraculously a lane opened and they were able to get to the hospital quickly. Upon arriving, they found the doctors and nurses were ready for her. Within moments Abigail’s body began to fail. With her mom on one side and her father on the other the doctors did everything they could to save her but were unable to.

James then went on to speak of the comfort they are receiving from the Lord and the Scriptures in the days following Abigail’s earthly death. I was in awe as he quoted the exact scriptures that I felt God wanted me to share with him. James continued to share about the very specific challenges that we will face in these times of overwhelming loss. It was as though he was reading from my notes that I had prepared to encourage him with. Instead, he was encouraging all of us to stand strong in our faith and view this earthly tragedy in light of eternity. James said, “We will not see our precious Abigail again on this earth. Abigail is now with Jesus and is experiencing eternal life and will never die.”

It’s almost impossible to describe the faith and hope that James and Jane are walking in. Only Jesus can accomplish this amidst such loss.

Please continue to pray for the Nyika family. Friends and relatives are arriving to their home in waves. As each group enters the tears and grief well up and the process is repeated again and again. James and Jane cannot sustain this amount of emotional and physical exhaustion much longer.

The days, weeks and months ahead will be filled with countless emotional and spiritual highs and lows. Please continue to pray for James and Jane and their five children as they daily embrace God’s plan for their family and ministry.

Abigail’s earthly body has been laid to rest next to her grandfather in the refugee camp.

Saturday we will celebrate Abigail‘s life. James asked that we all pray that this funeral will be a time where believers will find encouragement in Jesus and nonbelievers will be awakened to the finality of death and the eternal life that can be found in Christ.

On behalf of James, Jane, Fiona, Jeff, Blessing, Jonathan and Joel

We are deeply grateful for your love and encouragement…
Rob Douglass

Place of Refuge

Place of Refuge

UPDATE 2017:
Last year as the civil war devastated the economy in South Sudan it became increasingly difficult to purchase enough food for the kids in our full time care. God provided an older abandoned building formerly used by the Red Cross just over the border in Kenya where food is available and the kids can live in safety. We are pleased to tell you that the necessary initial renovations are complete and the kids are now occupying half of the facility. Thank you to all who prayed and donated to make this dream a reality. We will continue to receive funds and hope to have the renovations finished by the end of the year.

The children love their new home. Most importantly this place of refuge has given them a fresh start where they can live without fear and just have fun.

You will be amazed to see the transformation in these children’s lives in this two minute video. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL POST 2016:
So thankful that God has provided a new home for our Taus children- out of the war zone and into safety. Please continue to pray as we raise the finances to complete the necessary renovations.