“It was like listening to my own story,” said Sadia after hearing the story of Joseph from the Bible via a digital audio player. It was the start of her journey to peace.
Last year we heard how CMS local partner Sam Malish had started giving South Sudanese refugees mini digital audio players pre-loaded with messages of peace and healing from Scripture.
The impact proved to be profound for people like Sadia.
Sadia lost her home and most of her family to brutal conflict in South Sudan. Her trust in people was deeply shaken after her husband left her and their three children.
Her brothers stepped in to help, but then war broke out and they fled with their families. Sadia and her children found themselves alone.
After walking to a refugee camp in Uganda, Sadia and her children were safer, but life in the camp is a daily struggle with food strictly rationed, and no money for clothes and medication.
We live in a violent world. War, hostility and aggression have taken so much from so many people. They need people to care and show them that Jesus cares for them too. Your gift to our Christmas Appeal will help our local partners bring the peace of Christ into lives torn apart by conflict.
Sadia grew more and more depressed and anxious. Dark thoughts filled her mind, and she even considered leaving her children, just as she had been abandoned.
Then one day, one of Sam’s audio players found its way into Sadia’s hands. And when she pressed play, her life was changed forever…
Sadia heard the Bible story of Joseph being abandoned by his brothers. She said it was like listening to her own story.
Hope for the hopeless
The day Sadia picked up the audio player, it was like a light began to grow inside her.
She says: “Joseph was betrayed by his own family but chose to forgive his brothers and because of his attitude, by allowing himself to go through the tough road, the situation changed. He was blessed and others were blessed too because of him.”
Christ’s peace after conflict
Through engaging with Joseph’s powerful story of forgiveness and the gospel message, Sadia encountered the Prince of Peace.
As she forgave, her resentment melted away and she found peace in Jesus – the peace she had lost.
Now, she is sharing her story to encourage and disciple others.
Some names have been changed.
This Christmas, there are many more people like Sadia in Uganda, South Sudan and across the world whose lives have been shattered by violent conflict. Jesus wants these men, women and children to know the peace he brings. And you can help.
By giving to support CMS local partners today:
- You could help a family like Sadia’s work through their trauma
- You could help a local partner like Sam bring hope to lives blighted by conflict
- You could support CMS local partners in Uganda, South Sudan and worldwide to reach broken people with the peace of Christ
This Christmas, please join us in revealing the hope of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to those who are struggling and alone.