Saturday, May 3
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Republic of South Sudan
Milka is a 19-year-old Murle woman of strong faith. In December 2010 she was living with her husband, six-month-old son, and in-laws in Pibor, South Sudan. They heard rumors that a neighboring ethnic group was coming to attack, so they moved to the cattle camp. Two days later the attackers came. People ran toward the military barracks for protection. Milka and her baby were surrounded and captured. Thus began the one-month walk to the village of Nasir. Milka wasn't afraid. She prayed to God for courage and wisdom. She knew God was with her. She prayed: "If you want me to be a wife and live in this tribe, you must give me the strength. If it is your will to return me home. I'll be happy. Your will be done in my life."
Early in the journey, one of her captors killed her son. When they reached Nasir, she was given to a man. He took Milka to the home of his first wife. One night God provided a miracle allowing her to escape. She went to army barracks and found Murle soldiers. Through the assistance of the United Nations, she and three others were returned to their homes. Milka’s family met her at the Pibor airport, immediately taking her to the church, thanking God for her safe return. “God has a plan for my life,” she says. “I don’t know what that is, but I pray his will be done. God is with me.”
—Nancy McGaughey, PC(USA) mission coworker, Pibor
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS): Sharon Curry, community health evangelism facilitator, Rev. Jacob George, theological educator, Aliamma George, community health evangelism facilitator, Nancy McGaughey, community health facilitator/consultant, Leisa Wagstaff, education facilitator • Nile Theological College: Rev. Debra Blane, theology lecturer • Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE): Rev. Nancy Smith-Mather, program facilitator, Rev. Shelvis Smith-Mather, principal, RECONCILE Peace Institute
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, you go with us and sustain us. Thank you for youth with a strong faith; youth who seek your will in their lives. Bless them and the stories they have to tell. Encourage, comfort, and make your presence known to the many like Milka who have not yet returned to their homes. Amen.