Pastor Garang used to travel by bicycle to share the gospel and start churches in his homeland.
He has retrieved the truck from the port and is in route back to South Sudan. It is a long journey on treacherous roads. There are those who would do harm along the way. He has need of money to buy fuel to go such a distance and is yet unable to pay the custom to enter South Sudan. He is unable to provide for himself all that is needed.
Yet he travels.
He travels in faith, his very life in God's hand.
All Christians should see the faith-walk as such: a long journey on a treacherous road with the potential for attack from the enemy, all while relying on God to get us safely home.
We travel faithfully when we lack every resource and provision, trust in the contribution of God's grace and the body of Christ, with only our will to commend us to go forth regardless of the conditions.
Sounds crazy, but the love of Christ compels us (2 Corinthians 5:13-14, loosely paraphrased).
Godspeed, Pastor Garang.
And how can they preach
unless they are sent?
As it is written:
How beautiful are the feet
of those who announce the gospel of good tidings.
Romans 10:15, HCSB
Pictures courtesy of Pastor Garang Deng.