This article was originally published in the October 2023 edition of ITMI Monthly.
The sports outreach to South Sudanese gang members operated by ITMI’s Lazarus Yezinai continues to yield exciting fruit.
In the Lemon Gaba area of the city of Juba, South Sudan’s capitol, there are now 3 Bible study groups of about 15-20 people each.
Lazarus ministers to both gang members and women in poverty in the Lemon Gaba area. Eventually, he realized these two groups needed one another. In Christ, they have unity despite their different places in the community.
Lazarus reports that spiritual maturity is nurtured well in these Bible study groups.
Lazarus notices that some of the gang members have stopped doing drugs and dress differently. They can now pray for other people and lead singing. The community leaders notice a difference as well. They notice youth who once used the safety of their gang to steal from local businesses and families have now become day-laborers and bring home food for their families at the end of the day.
These important advances of God’s Kingdom into the Lemon Gaba community and the lives of those who are part of these Bible studies are the fruit of your partnership with Lazarus.
These advances began with outreaches: Project Joseph outreaches, Hand Washing Kit outreaches and Lazarus’s sports ministry. The Lord used these opportunities, your gifts, and Lazarus’ work to build on what was started through these outreaches.
Many of you helped Lazarus with funds for these outreaches, and this is what you’ve come alongside the Lord to be part of!
for gang members in South Sudan
Help Lazarus Yezinai reach youth who have joined gangs in Juba, South Sudan. Many are homeless and do not have families they can rely on, so they join a gang to survive. These marginalized youth have responded eagerly to the attention and Biblical teaching Lazarus gives them. Your gift helps Lazarus provide soccer balls, Bibles, and other equipment necessary for this outreach at constantly inflating and changing prices. Any amount helps Lazarus reach gangs with the Gospel.
$50 suggested gift
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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 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.
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