South Sudan's economy is in shambles. The fledgling country never anticipated oil prices to drop to its current level. They also didn't anticipate the impact that the internal civil war would have on their baby economy.
With no dollars to buy and import every needed commodity, the cost of everything is exploding upward daily. Jahim Buli sends his deepest apologies for not being able to keep his, much needed, church building project in budget.
He tells us that all the funds that the engineer estimated necessary, have come in, much of it coming from his own financially hurting church members and friends.
Yet, Jahim's church is further behind than when we last reported.
His $10,000USD estimate has tripled in a month and a half due to the continuing marketplace collapse causing prices to skyrocket. As you can see the frame is up and we have enough to put tin sheets on the roof, but there is nothing left for the walls, windows and doors.
Jahim is not worried.
Jahim is not worried, "...God is in control, this is His house, He will provide in His time."
Jahim welcomed his mother, step-brother and step-sister into his home last month. He also welcomed into his family the birth of a new baby girl - Faith.
Jahim and Gisma's newest daughter, Faith, joins sisters Favor and Maria.
Jahim with his new-found family members.
Please pray that this young pastor, with a very, very full plate of responsibilities, will be able to properly feed and care for his new family.
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 12 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.