Secondary School Relocation to Doro
12 June 2012
Hiakie and Rangteigong Hegui, SIM missionaries from North East India (NEI) have served sacrificially in South Sudan, the newest country in the world. Hiakie is the Director of the Sudan Interior Church Secondary School, originally located in Yabus, Southern Blue Nile.
Although South Sudan gained its independence in July 2011, the referendum for the Southern Blue Nile people to decide on joining Sudan or South Sudan was never held. In September, bombs from the north began to rain down on Yabus and other towns and villages. Tens of thousands of people, including the school’s students, have been displaced to the Doro area of South Sudan. This has necessitated the relocation of the school from Yabus to Doro. Hiekie and Rangtei tell the story of the relocation process and events:
I complained to God, “Why? Have I not prayed for it? Why do you let me struggle so hard in organizing and begging people to let things be brought across the border? All of these properties are Yours, purchased with Your money, and the people have vandalized the compound and many precious things have been stolen away.” Tears rolled down my face.
But God has His own timing and way of doing things. He opened the way on 27 January 2012, so we sent another lorry which returned the next day loaded with many things. It was a great moment for us and we praised Him!
In the following weeks, more lorries were sent but when the fourth lorry was sent, a bomb was dropped in close proximity. Thankfully, God protected us. The bomb missed the lorry by a few meters; no one was injured.
Unfortunately, we were unable to send more lorries after eight trips, so all the materials left behind were looted and destroyed. About 110 bags of cement had been removed from the store and ripped open, wooden tables and plastic barrels for water had been damaged, doors and windows of the houses were broken, and some solar panels, a welding machine, plastic chairs, metal beds and mattresses had been stolen. On top of all this, our Toyota Land Cruiser and Thuraya were taken and have yet to be returned to us. Please continue to pray for these problems.
SIM is blessed to have 21 missionaries from North East India serving in our ministries worldwide, with more candidates in training. Like Haikie Hegui, their contribution has been tremendous. If you would like to help sponsor a north east Indian missionary, please visit Missionary Assistance Fund. Thank you and God bless!