August 2016: Ten Thousand Years
| FRM News
I had landed in country on the 21st of June to look at property for the Home for Orphan Mothers’ project. I loved being back in the area, even though it was only for nine days. On my first night in country, I met with several missionaries for dinner. It was a great time of fellowship with good food. I easily slipped into a deep sleep because I felt like I was home.
The next morning, my wife, Vicky, called. I knew from her tone she had bad news. She said, “I am sorry to tell you that Nubian Chaplain Justin Kujali has lost his life.” Justin is a modern day mighty man of valor; in our corps of over 500 men, Justin is one of the top-ten. He labored fearlessly and faithfully alongside the leadership of our Nubian Corps in the most dangerous areas. The commanding general of the Nubian Army, Jagot, personally attended the funeral. Justin was loved by his fellow chaplains, thousands of soldiers he ministered to and by a huge civilian population. He was the kind of man who took every opportunity to show the love of Jesus in word and in deed.
Justin only knew ten years of peace in his brief but full forty-year lifespan. He never shrank back from physical or spiritual battles. His decision to follow Christ cost him his earthly family who were Muslims; they immediately and violently disowned him. This chosen vessel for Christ did as Christ commanded—he left everything behind for the sake of the Gospel and he never looked back. Sadly, Justin never saw his earthly family again, but he counted their rejection as his acceptable service to please his Savior and never ceased to pray for their salvation.
The following day Vicky called me again, this time she said, “Honey, I am so sorry to call you again, but Chaplain Charles Kenyi has also lost his life.” At that moment, I just felt numb knowing the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh members of our staff made their final journey to the Kingdom of Heaven. While I am very aware that they are receiving their just reward; it is still difficult to lose men you love. I take comfort knowing all their sorrows have been washed away and the saints are welcoming them with unspeakable joy.
These men never lived for the treasures of this life; eternity was blazing upon their hearts and every area of their lives demonstrated it. The Apostle Paul said, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Justin and Kenyi lived in such a way that their lives said the exact same thing. We, too, need to live for the things of eternity–the things that truly matter. Let’s ask ourselves, “Will the things I invest my heart, time and money in, will they matter ten thousand years on the other side of eternity?”
Below are Justin and Kenyi’s testimonies. They are men, just like we are, but God’s Spirit ruled and reigned in and through them. Let Him rule and reign in you too, time is short and we must make the most of what we have left.
Biography for Chaplain Justin Margany Kujali
Area of Deployment: Nuba Mountains
I was born in Khartoum to a Muslim family. I thought all religions were the same, in that they gave glory to the same God. I began Islamic school in 1981 and for the next four years, I lived with an Arab family who practiced Islam.
I was taught that Christians could not go to heaven because they were not circumcised and that they were very unclean. I asked a Christian why he thought that he would go to heaven. He answered, “The Bible says that if you believe in God with all of your mind and heart, you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” His answer made me believe that he was telling the truth.
In 1989, I joined the SPLA. I began going to church. I realized that I was a sinner, and the only wisdom that I had was worldly. I learned that our Almighty-Heavenly Father sent His only Son to die for our sins and through His wonderful power, God changed my heart from darkness to light. I pray that God will fill me with spiritual knowledge and protect me in His grace. I desire to teach others of the Truth. I also pray that the world will know the truth about the fighting in Sudan.
Languages Spoken: Arabic, English, Toro, and Chawaia
Family Situation: He has not seen his family since 1989. When he last saw them, they were all Muslims. Please pray for their salvation.
Favorite Scripture: But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:33-34
Biography for Chaplain Charles Arkanjelo Kenyi
Area of deployment: Frontline Combat Unit
In 1994, my father took me and fled to Uganda. My mother remained behind in Sudan to collect our belongings. When my father reached the refugee camp, he began to drink. I started attending the Catholic church. My father was abusive and did not want me to go to pray. I was angry and confused. I used to drink and fight on a regular basis.
There was a Christian prayer group in the evenings in my area. I decided to join them. I was not baptized and I attended their classes. I liked learning about God, but I was not born again. I began to have a deep concern for the problems of the soldiers at the frontline. When I heard about the Far Reaching Ministries’ (FRM) chaplaincy program, I wanted to join. When I began learning the Bible, verse-by-verse, I accepted Christ as my Savior. I found that Jesus loves me and died for my sins.
My life has totally changed since I became a chaplain. I told my wife about Jesus Christ and now she is born again also! Praise be to God! God is speaking to my heart that I will be a preacher.
Languages Spoken: English, Arabic, Madi
Family Situation: Charles is married to Rose. Rose accepted Christ as her Savior after Charles came to FRM as a chaplain. They have one daughter whose name is Dorren. She was born 28 January 2005.
Favorite Scripture: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Fighting erupted in South Sudan again this month; already, hundreds have been killed. Men like Justin and Kenyi are the key to changing the heart of this broken nation. Because they are sold out for Christ they are the unifying factor in country at war with itself. Pray for the Gospel to go forth with power and authority–here and there!
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