Forgiving When It Hurts

Debbie and Del Braaksma

READ : Matthew 18:21-22 Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. (v. 22) Although John was emotionally, spiritually, and physically spent as he arrived home, even more was asked of him! The city of Yei had just been liberated from government control, and ten thousand soldiers captured as POWs were crammed into a local school. Deprived of food, they were dying at the rate of six per day. A Catholic priest secured relief food and asked John to …

Our Refuge and Fortress

Debbie and Del Braaksma

READ : Psalm 91:1-10 My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust. (v. 2) While John was in the pit the very soldiers who had captured him asked him to preach to them! He spoke boldly from Psalm 91, a passage that encouraged him over the next three weeks. When he was brought out from the pit John was appointed as a servant to the soldiers as they traveled from Juba to Yei. Under continual bombardment, it …

Trusting God in "The Pit"

Debbie and Del Braaksma

READ : Daniel 6:16-23 . . . no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. (v. 23) In 1992 my good friend and RECONCILE (Resource Centre for Civil Leadership) colleague Rev. John Khamis was one of 40 Sudanese students who attempted to escape from Juba to avoid the systematic killing of intellectuals by the Government of Sudan (GOS). John thought it better to risk death trying to flee than to be falsely accused …