“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me –the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” – Acts 20:24
Receive my warm greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am Isaac, a minister of the gospel and a church planter. I am South Sudanese by origin, but am currently living and serving the Lord in a refugee settlement in Adjumani, Uganda as a lead pastor in one of the local churches.
I was a refugee in Kenya from 1994 to 2012. The call of God has been on my life from the time I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 2005, while I was in my final year in primary school back in a refugee camp in Kenya. I had served as a Christian Union leader from then up to the time I finished high school in 2009.
I knew God had called me but I did not know when I would actively get involved in the ministry of saving souls for the kingdom of God. I was still naïve. The reason was I had other areas of interest in life; I wanted to pursue education to the highest degree. I joined the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in 2011 and later dropped out in 2012. I left Kenya for my home country of South Sudan in May 2012 and lived in Juba for a year. Unfortunately, the war broke out in 2013. I left my country for one more time and became a refugee in Uganda. I did not want to become a refugee once again in my life, but I was forced out. I reached Adjumani at the beginning of 2014. It is here that the Lord showed me the direction; I became a church planter and a pastor. I have shared the love of Christ with thousands of refugees in the camp. Therefore, I have lived most of my life as a refugee, but I take it all for the glory of God.
I have lived my life as an example to the refugee community around me. Many have wondered how a young person could lead a church and do marvelous things for God. I did not shy away from the work of God. I remained committed up to date despite many challenges. My purpose is to continue serving the people of God until my community is transformed in every area of life.
I am so thankful and excited about our partnership with Life In Abundance. They have helped us to understand wholistic ministry. Our partnership has empowered our local church to understand that we are agents of change in our community in all areas of life –emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. LIA has supported our local church in capacity building, self-reliant projects, and needed materials for vulnerable groups. Surely, we have been empowered to love and serve. Thanks be to the Almighty God who sent us LIA-Uganda.
I want to thank our LIA international family; we love you so much. Your practical actions have changed the lives of many individuals and families in the refugee camp. With God all things are possible. Let nothing intimidate you from serving our living God. Do not grow weary of doing good. Your work to the poor is highly recognized in heaven. We pray that the Lord may keep you and protect you and your families.