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The Nile Beth Israel Messianic Congregation, Borongole- Beth Israel, Pageri Payam, Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan
Shalom! From the deepest of our hearts, on behalf of our family and Operation Nehemiah, Hannah and I want express our gratitude to each and every one of you for your prayer and financial support for making my mission trip to the
On June 2, My dear friend and brother in the Lord,
There was cohesive spirit of brotherly love and unity in Christ among us. Our ground staff was well prepared to receive us. Upon arrival, we were received by our Field Director, Dr. Luka Gobi Benson, Pastoral leader Michael Levi and OMNI
On June 7, we arrived Nimule,
Thousands of people have returned from exile to
The pastors of Beth Israel Messianic Congregation
Worship celebration at Michael Levi's ordination
June 15, 2008 marked the climax of our mission trip where approximately 400 believers converged on a Sunday service at BIMC in ONMI compound in Borongole to witness a historic moment, the ordination of Pastor Michael Levi of Beth Israel Messianic Congregation by Rev. Gabriel Lagu Nichlaus Vuni of
Rev. Gabriel is also on the board of elders of ONMI. He brought a message of pastoral charge and exhortation from 2 Timothy 4:1-5 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
William introduce Jamie dean of World Magazine to the church.
She brought encouragement to the brothers and sisters there from the song of Moses from Psalms 90. We spent two days in Juba and four days in the ON”s compound. While in
interviews with government officials, church lea
ders, ONMI staff, UNHCR officials and returnees. In the course of the one week. on the ground, she visited our mission compound, met with our staff in every department, conduct interviews, visited different projects, worshiped with us,
William Levi introduces Jamie Dean of World Magazine to the pastors and community leaders
William Preached from John 21: 15-17 before Michael Levi's ordination about Jesus final word of reconciliation with Peter after He denied Jesus three times; and his final instruction to Peter to keep His flock if He loves him.
Pastor Michael Levi has now the pastoral mandate to ordain other pastors, appoint pastoral staff, deacons to work along side, baptize people and dedicate babies, conduct marriages, burials, and plant churches and presides over the finances of the church.
This church building in Borongole requires renovation.
This is the north and the eastern side of the building
What you see the South and the eastern side view
Again this is the East and northern side of the building
The adjacent view of the eastern side of the building
BIMC Messianic vision is rooted in taking the church back to her Messianic root 2000 yrs ago in the book of Acts where Jews and gentiles are one in Messiah. The Gospel spread from there starting from
The church was started by ONMI under my leadership and Rev, Michael Longwa in our mission compound in
William and the church elders pray that God will provide fund for a church building
In 2005, we moved the church to the
Now, four years in the making, we have seen God’s hand in the mission of Operation Nehemiah which he has entrusted into our care in Pageri Payam. Operation Nehemiah is fulfilling its original mission objectives envisioned back in 1993 which is to rebuild the broken hearted, broken families, widows, the fatherless and to restore the
Families have been restored, men are rising up to their calling to be priests of their household
Women and girls are been protected and children have been instructed to love God and obey their parents. For us, this was no a surprise,
Here William embraces his aunt Sarah Kipolo Geri - his father Ajjugo Levi's remaining only sister. She is in her eighties.
William and the children in Nimule
Kevin, William and the David with the BIMC Children
Morning Devotion at ONMI compound
The Nehemiah trumpet call Gospel radio station. In addition the four congregations, we have also established Christian radio station an FM radio station called Nehemiah Trumpet call 97.3 FM Gospel radio. The radio is operating out of Borongole ONMI Missions house. It covers roughly 30-45 miles radially reaching 100,000 in the region. We have just erected a 300ft radio tower on top of Gordon Mt in Nimule. When you go up other you can’t miss it. The goal of the tower is to boost the coverage area of the existing station from 40 miles to 100 miles with potential to reach Juba 65 miles away and most of northern
We knew and expect that one day the sound of the Sunday Worship bells will ring again and beautiful dawning sounds of crowing cocks and singing birds will be heard throughout the villages echoes the rumbling sounds of majestic River Nile, the rolling hills of Nimule to the distant Mts of Opari will be inhabited again by this resilient remnant of a people yearning for God., This is a dream and promise coming to pass.
Figure 4 Kevin Rousseau, Matthew and Pasquale Ingi on street evangelism
This time around, the message based on the biblical teaching for holy living in this emerging community was heard not just by the few but thousands of the people who have just returned from exile heard it. Within one hour hundred of them came to the compound, requesting for Bibles and solar receivers which Kevin and I brought from the
Seeing how hungry the people were for the word of God, Kevin
Kevin Rousseau Distributes Bibles and Solar radio to the people on the street of Borongole.
Matthew Levi, explains the importance of the pocket Bible
Distribution of fix tune solar radios so that the people can hear the word of God On Nehemiah Trumpet Call.
ON June 8, the scenery we had experience was similar to John chapter 6 where Jesus fed 5 thousands people on five loaves and two fishes. We were flooded with over 350 people who rushed to the house of the Lord under huge mango tree for worship and prayers. They welcomed us with cheers and gratitude.
At first, we felt overwhelmed telling Pastor Michael Levi that there was not enough place to conduct a Sunday service, we should move people to the other church 5 miles away. However, we realized this was spiritual test and we could not afford to fail it. We ought to allow the Holy Ghost to lead.
Just six months ago, all the 7500 returnees who are now the permanent residents of this re-emerging villages were in the Ugandan exile. We used to hold ours Sunday services at The first Beth Israel Messianic congregation which was established in Pageri in May 2005. The church is 5 miles south of ONMI main compound.
Nehemiah Field Clinic has been officially opened to the general public
This time ONMI was prepared to present its community with a new facility powered with solar energy, stuffed with $10 million worth of medical supplies and equipped with four born again medical staff ready to serve.
In a short while during the course of the day the clinic was filled up with more than 100 patients. Our clinical officer, Miss Nellie and Dr. Luka
Miss Nellie, originally from Kenya who was acting as the spokeswoman for the ONM said, she was so blessed to serve the people and she thanks the brothers and sisters in the USA Specially the International Children for providing the medical supplies and the Berkshire medical center for providing the fund for the lab equipment and the building project.
She said the medicines they got from ICF are quality medicines which are hard to find anywhere in
The agricultural Development
Food security is a must
Miss Jamie Dean of World Magazine visited ONMI banana plantations
Challenges and need for prayer support: We need 2 more tractors in addition to the one we have, we need disc 2 harrows and 2 tillers. Greasing the tractor and protection of the hydraulic hoses are very crucial. They don’t need to uproot the trees in order to plow around. When we were down there the tiller incurred a dent on one of its horizontal bars protecting the blades. Kevin suggests that it should be removed, straightened out with hammer and put back otherwise in a long run will jam the blade and render the tiller obsolete.
The body of the church at BIMC both in Pageri and Borongole should be involved in a collective community work at least once a week to help with the work in the garden. Every plantation done on the River site and beyond the river should be done in the name of Operation Nehemiah to be supervised by the BIMC. All production should benefit the body of Christ that is the widows, the orphan’s, and the families in need. Surplus should be sold in
Short History of our ONMI presence in Borongole
This area was nothing but a wilderness. Our current mission house was an abandoned II WW stone structure to the left - with roof blown off, windows and doors torn down, trees and grasses had grown inside the building. Nehemiah field clinic was none existent.
After the renovation- this is now ONMI Missions house
operation in Borongole (Beth Israel.) In due course, and by the power of God, slowly but surely, we are seeing God is bringing everything together in our effort to building Pageri Payam in Magwi County to be a city on the hill. He is setting Judeo-Christian Biblical world view to serve as an example for the rest of the
On June 17, my mission trip came to an end. It was a bitter sweet parting with staff and church members, who have been so faithful to their work. Back home here in the states, my dear family was eagerly awaiting my return, and I was grateful for uneventful flights and a joyful reunion in
The future is bright because Christ shall have preeminence in ALL things. Hallelujah! For More information please visit us at http://www.operationsnehemiah.org
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