Five years ago, South Sudan became the world’s newest country. Since then, 50,000 people have died and more than 2 million people have been displaced from ethnic violence gripping the fragile
nation. Some experts warn the country could be on the verge of becoming a failed state as more than a million people have fled to neighbouring countries. Now, William Levi is risking death to
rebuild his war-torn country, one family, and one village at a time.
Levi knows all too well the dangers involved in such a mission. He was 18-years-old when radical Muslim soldiers confronted him about his faith. “I was asked to relinquish my Christianity
and become a Muslim, take up guns and fight and ravage villages like this one. I said, ‘No way! Mohammed did not die for me, Jesus did!’” Levi was thrown in prison and tortured. Yet,
he says he never lost hope because “I knew God was with me.”
Just as refugees flee the Middle East today, Levi too left his homeland in 1985, finding asylum and a new life in America. He’s written about his experience in the book, The Bible or
the Axe: One Man’s Dramatic Escape from Persecution in the Sudan. Levi says he knew there was a reason God spared his life. “He kept me alive for the purpose of returning to proclaim
the gospel in my homeland,” he said. His homeland is in the grips of an ongoing ethnic conflict pitting the country’s two largest tribes. Both sides have engaged in horrific acts.
Source: CBN News
Bible Study: James 3:17
PRAISE God for the brave faith of Christians seeking to be peacemakers and rebuilders in South Sudan.
Pray for protection and that Jesus may be lifted high.