http://youtu.be/h2CR2YeBWJ8 Beth Israel farmland - Beth Israel Boma, Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan. a Must see video .
In the midst of all the gloom and doom in the South Sudan, Operation Nehemiah's vision to rebuild the land for God by raising up the family and national pastors from the ashes of persecution has come to fruition. It has been 10 years since we moved into South Sudan from the Ugandan refugee camps .
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"12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in."
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to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall." Also our enemies said, "Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work." Nehemiah 4:9-11
With much appreciation to you and your family, I want to thank God for your prayers and support to our family and Operation Nehemiah in 2014-2015 fiscal year ending, on September 30, 2015. You are all the reason to be thankful to God. On behalf of my family, Operation Nehemiah and South Sudanese believers, I want to thank God for you and your family for lifting up our hands in this work through your prayers, encouragement and financial blessing.
Eyebi Bridge connecting feeder road and our mission headquarters to the farmland is damaged and it is in need of repair ASAP.
I want to share this urgent report from the field about the damage incurred by the only bridge connecting our mission headquarters to the Beth Israel farmland five miles away. Eyebi Bridge sustained a big damage when a vehicle which have never been on the bridge before and the driver did not have prior knowledge of the the length and the width of bridge lost control and knocked down a major portion of the bridge without completely destroying it. Currently we are having difficulties in accessing the Beth Israel farmland from the mission headquarters using our tractor and the dump truck because the structural integrity of the bridge is compromised. We need immediate financial help to restore the bridge.
Operation Nehemiah built this bridge before the current Government of the South Sudan was in existence and without financial support from UN agencies in 2004. In 2004, when we moved our headquarters to South Sudan from Ugandan refugee camps, there was no infrastructure and the current government of South Sudan was not in existence yet . South Sudan was still in the midst of Islamic war of persecution that left the region in rubble and ashes. Food was imported from Uganda to feed the entire region. Feeder roads and bridges connecting villages and farmland to main road and towns were non- existence.
Over the years, people we were asked this question, why does Operation Nehemiah gets involved in rebuilding infrastructure such as roads and bridges? Shouldn't this kind of projects be the work of the government of South Sudan, Corporation or UN driven global agencies?
January 2004 - Our first expeditionary mission trip to South Sudan to set up Mission base and staging ground in Borongole and Beth Israel farmland
January 7, 2004- Opening up the road leading to Borongole which is now ONM's headquarters from the main to Juba - Nimule high way which was itself reduced to nothing but a path : We are seen here slashing and burning our way through to Borongole. There was no road aft 30 years of desolation
11 years later we are looking at chronology of what the Lord has done. Engineer Glenn Richardson, Dan Lipinski and Charles Byers-doff from Wisconsin joined us on this pioneering expedition to open up my home village and lay the foundation for on going work of Operation Nehemiah 10 years
Our field Director at the time, Pastor Michael Longwa stationed in Uganda joined us on this expedition. He skillfully drove this 4x4 rugged Pagero truck through the bushes where there was no road at al and we had open one on the spot to drive through.
Borongole building and surrounding January 2004 before it became Operation Nehemiah Mission NTC97.3 FM Radio broadcasting room in 2006
The look of Borongole building and surrounding in May 2005 before it became Operation Nehemiah Mission NTC97.3 FM Radio broadcasting room in 2006
The look of Borongole building and the surrounding in June 2005 before it became the Nile Beth Israel Messianic Congregation in 2009.
Here we are standing in the Eyibi river bed with Dan Lipinski trying to determine where we are going to put the bridge over the river in order to cross to the farm. It was here at this crossing we found the narrowest neck of the stream where we decided to put the bridge.
June, 2004, under the leadership of our medical Coordinator, Dr. Mindra Godwin at the time , we assigned a local south Sudanese civil engineer by name Alex to build the bridge. We a simple design and minimum materials he completed the bridge in 4 months.
Dedication of Eyebi Bridge in September 30, 2004, with our team from the USA,( Robert Kirkman, Gordon Clark, late Michael Greenan, and Noah Kirkman along with our team in Ugandan refugee camps headed by Pastor Michael Longwa, Michael Levi, Dr. Godwin and the authority of the SPLM government in the midst of war in the country.
Water dirlling missionary engineer joined us at Eyibi bridge for baptism of 70 people, most of whom have just return from Ugandan exile in November 2009.
My Wife Hannah and our entire children some of them are not in the picture joined me on their first family mission trip to the South Sudan.
Our mobile Unit Crossing Eyibi river September 2004.
Our dump truck, single handily opened the Beth Israel farm road and made it permanently
Benefit of the feeder Road over the bridge to Beth Israel farm
From the mission headquarters to the Beth Israel farm land
Where there was no road, now there is ...
Inspecting the bridge
2015 - Jonathan Lueken, our dedicated US Missionary to the South Sudan is in his natural setting, taking walk over across Eyibi bridge
Well, these are good questions and you won't know the answers until you are confronted with the task of rebuilding a new country from scratch, rising from the ashes of war and destruction based on Islamic persecution. In many ways, as much as this is a enormous challenge to us, it is also a blessing in disguise because through this we are able to see God's hand at work and glorify His name on High. Again to remind you, our readers and supporters who have been faithfully reading our field report time to time, South Sudan is one of the countries on the forefront targeted By Islamic State in our most recent memories of the world history on the spread of Jihad-ism. She has suffered the brutality of Islamic State ( IS) for over 50 years leading to the lost of 2 million people and displacement of 4.5 million into exile. In 2011, South Sudan finally seceded from from Khartoum Islamic regime to the north. The challenges to restore a family, a church and a community and country and national identity to a people who have known more about war and displacement than peace and stability is daunting task.
So instead of waiting for the infant government of South Sudan to rebuild our infrastructure or instead of waiting upon the UN agencies whose agenda are driven global to do.
Now, I need your help with $15,000 ASAP to help restore Eyibi Bridge. We trust God with this that He will restore this bridge as he was the one who established it in 2004. Keep this in prayers as resource to get up running again. You contribution to this effort is well appreciated.
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William Levi, Founder and Overseer Operation Nehemiah Missions
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