Getachew and Builanty are discipling new believers from the Jumjum Tribe in South Sudan and even sending out new missionaries from those communities.
“Those new missionaries are sharing the gospel every place, without shame”, says Getachew.
Marilla and Marina have an incredible vision and heart to build a primary school from the ground up. They are taking their passions and teaching locals in the community.
Marilla says: “God gave me this heart for kids, I love them so much.” Marina adds: "Education is power and a weapon. I am so happy that I have the privilege and opportunity to serve here."
Getachew is from Ethiopia, Builanty from India, Marilla and Marina from the Philippines. They are all part of the Harvest Worker project, without which they would not have been able to serve and be part of the community in Doro, South Sudan.
What is the Harvest Worker Project?
The Harvest Worker project helps send people who are ready to go to South Sudan, for whom the cost would otherwise be prohibitive.
Practically, it’s not easy to send a missionary. A place like Doro in South Sudan, where the SIM team is based, is an expensive place to live, especially when you have to pay for flights in and out of the country.
Sending churches cover a portion of the financial cost, while SIM's Harvest Worker project makes up the rest, giving the green light for a missionary to go.
What we see is a project that pulls together the body of Christ from around the world. Sending churches of these missionaries and the church in South Sudan are becoming one.
Churches from the global South are taking part in the great commission, equipping and sending their own people to the nations. It's a beautiful picture.
Harvest Worker Impact
In South Sudan, where the Harvest Worker project has been in action for a few years, the impact is clear. We are seeing a transformed SIM team, a transformed Doro community and the coming together of the worldwide church.
Harvest Worker missionaries like Getachew, Builanty, Marilla and Marina come from countries which have communal cultures. They have been quick to adapt and be part of the community in South Sudan and have perhaps found that process less difficult than missionaries from Europe or America.
Amie, a mission worker from the USA, said: "One of my favourite things about being part of the SIM South Sudan team, is serving with a multi-cultural team. There is so much depth in our conversations and our ability to reach out and minister to people because we have a team from many cultures. But also it is a lot a fun!"
Chris, SIM's East Africa director, said: "The picture from Revelation is that all tribes and nations will worship God. We want to build teams that look like that. We are honoured to have the Harvest Worker project, because we see its effectiveness.
"It is exciting to see what the Harvest Workers have done over this last decade. Imagine what God can do with more called, equipped and passionate Harvest Workers that go from the nations, to the nations.”