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 took the convoy three weeks to travel 100 miles. John helped to bury 96 soldiers. He was given little food or water. His dirty, blood-soaked clothes were never washed.

With God’s promises for protection in his heart, John took the opportunity to escape when sent for firewood. Soldiers followed in hot pursuit but with God’s help he was able to dodge the bullets. Nevertheless, the soldiers reported they had killed John, so when word reached his family they held his funeral. But even as his funeral was occurring John was making his way home to Yei. Three and a half weeks after his capture and after one final traumatic event in which he was robbed and narrowly escaped execution from Sudanese Liberation Movement soldiers, John stumbled into Yei.


Thank you, Lord, that you are a refuge and a fortress for each of us as we face circumstances which threaten our emotional, physical, or spiritual health. Amen.