The TIMO Team Arrives
An estimated 75 thousand Lopit live in the Lopit Hills in the Torit district of South Sudan. This group of agriculturalists and cattle herders live in hillside villages, arranged in compounds according to family size. In early 2014, Africa Inland Mission placed an eight-member multi-national team in two Lopit villages, Ohilang and Iboni. The team, led by a Kenyan couple, Joshua and Justina Musuva, hopes to support churches already established by previous work in the area and to continue to share the Gospel among this unreached people group.
Each week, the team meets in the shade of a thatched roof at the home of team leaders Joshua and Justina, located in a valley between the two villages of Ohilang and Iboni. The meetings include a time of prayer, worship, study, and language learning.
At right: Justina teaches the team a lesson on the Lopit language. After several months of training, TIMO members are able to have small conversations with their neighbors, but much practice and learning is still needed before they are fluent.
Life here isn’t always easy. Some days are downright difficult… Thankfully, we have an amazing God who assures us that when we are weak, we are strong in Him. He is our strength and can use us, even in our weakness.
A simple cook-top stove in a team member’s home. Simple things like getting water and gas become far more difficult in remote regions like the Lopit mountains.
Team members Marlene (left) from New Zealand and Ashley from the United States, inspect their tomato plants with Joy, the daughter of team leaders Joshua and Justina.