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Reform Magazine | September 23, 2019

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A letter from… a Ugandan refugee camp

A letter from… a Ugandan refugee camp

Alex Sokiri reports from a Ugandan refugee camp

When the war started in 2016, it was Sunday and we were in church. Every person had to run for their life. On that very day, many people were killed. You could see dead bodies everywhere. We had to leave South Sudan to come to Uganda empty handed.

When we were brought to this refugee camp in Morobi, we were dumped in the bushes. There were no churches, no schools, no hospitals. People were living under the trees. Everybody was traumatised. So, I called all the pastors together and we decided to plant churches very quickly, to encourage people with the word of God. People came to us for counselling, and we restored their hope.

Today, I work as an overseer of New Nation Churches, in both South Sudan and in this camp. When I was in South Sudan, I had a library that I was using to prepare my sermons. But I left everything. In the camp, I had no books. Through the help of eVitabu – a Bible app resource created by the African Pastors Fellowship (APF) – I have got my books back. I can read in the app, and get information for my sermons. There are even sermons for children. I read about counselling, farming and church planting…

Alex Sokiri is a South Sudanese pastor. To support the work of the African Pastors Fellowship, or to find out more about its mission, visit www.africanpastors.org

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This is an extract from an article that was published in the July/August 2019 edition of Reform.

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