One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. Proverbs 27:7
Recently I was at a restaurant and the waitress gave me a choice between a biscuit and a corn muffin. She added, “if you don’t like it, I can bring you out the biscuit.” Well I tried it and it wasn’t corn bread per se but it did have corn flavor. I gave a piece to my wife and asked her if she recognized the taste. She did but couldn’t place it.
As many of you know, my wife and I went to Sudan in 2006 for a medical missions trip. The corn bread we ate at the restaurant that night was identical to what the Sudanese eat every day. It’s a main staple food for them. They eat it daily. What we considered bland and tasteless, they consider it their daily bread.
South Sudan, the newest country in the world, is being tried and tested daily. They have plenty of oil but little in the way to defend it. They separated from the North this past fall but they face many many obstacles. Their neighbors to the North hate them and want their oil desperately. They have little in the way of solid infrastructure, once again thanks to the North’s bombing and pillaging. They are landlocked.
But the good news is, many of our Brothers and Sisters there believe they are on the front lines for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Islam would love to overtake South Sudan but there are many there willing to risk their lives for the Gospel.
Pray for them. Pray that they will be bold in their faith and witness. Pray that they will stand firm despite the obstacles.