1. Why does MGC need vehicles? What will they be doing with them long term?
Currently, the Mission Gardens of Christ community’s only form of transportation is foot. This critically limits their access to: medical care, building supplies, commerce markets, food (that they are unable to grow themselves), fellow believers and those of whom do not yet know the Lord. Vehicles offer immediate accessibility to the earthly needs that Mission Gardens of Christ cannot yet provide for themselves. Further, the transportation that vehicles provide will enable MGC to financially self-support by using cars in the capacity of marketing rides to the Bor airport, neighboring cities etc.
On a spiritual level, with the addition of vehicles, MGC will have freedom of movement. They will be able to reach communities historically “too far” in distance to share the Gospel of Christ and God’s love.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV
In 2013, during the South Sudanese Civil War, those present at MGC were forced to flee on foot. Lord willing, MGC will never be threatened in that capacity again. In the unfortunate event that a similar occurrence take place, the vehicles provided will bless MGC with a rapid method of escape.
2. What is Nation Builders' / NGC's long term goal with MGC? Are we committing to helping them indefinitely/for a period of time/as needed?
Our long-term goal is to offer assistance as needed to Mission Gardens of Christ in the coming years. Our ultimate goal is for Mission Gardens of Christ to be capable of self-sustainment and financial stability.
3. How much of my donation goes to MGC?
Thank you for considering donating to the “No Greater Commission” Project! Currently, all donations are going to support the March trip. Your donation will help cover all of the projected costs including: purchasing of the vehicles, various support supplies for the vehicles, additional supplies for Mission Gardens of Christ as well as airline tickets and accommodations for the team.
Nation Builders / NGC is a nonprofit organization and our team is completely driven by volunteers. 100% of your donation goes to supporting this project that ultimately serves MGC.
4. Why Mission Gardens of Christ?
No Greater Commission team members have developed a relationship with Mission Gardens of Christ and Pastor Stephen over the last year, peaking with a site visit in September 2015. We initially connected with Mission Gardens of Christ through Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, Maryland. Bay Area has been working with MGC for nearly a decade.
No Greater Commission’s founder, Kurt Parsons, identified the tremendous work that Pastor Stephen and Mission Gardens of Christ is doing for the kingdom of God in South Sudan. He asked Pastor Stephen to identify the current physical needs of ministry and felt the call to provide help through No Greater Commission. In March, this help will come in the form of delivering vehicles.
5. What are they doing that's benefiting the kingdom of God?
Mission Gardens of Christ is currently serving as an epicenter for Christian evangelism in Bor. It represents the hope and power of Jesus to resurrect lives and restore hearts. It is a light shining in the darkness of underdeveloped South Sudan. Practically, it is a place for discipleship, education, training and health.
6. What are the goals regarding the children's education? What are the kids going to be doing when they finish school? How is MGC going to help them be productive adults thru the education they are receiving?
Mission Gardens of Christ currently has 4 classrooms that are waiting to be filled. The proposed primary school has the capacity to educate 50 children.
Mission Gardens of Christ’s goal is to impart both classic education (such as reading and writing) and functional skills that will enable children to turn away from violence and toward a peaceable, fruitful life pleasing to the Lord. Education from Mission Gardens of Christ will help children get jobs and help support themselves and their families.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
7. What impact does MGC have on the surrounding community?
Mission Gardens of Christ holds faith-strengthening gatherings. In September of 2015, during the Bay Area and Nation Builders’ visit, MGC held a Pastors’ conference. Sixty-five Pastors from all denominations were united together in their faith to praise Jesus Christ and spread the Good News to South Sudan. Mission Gardens of Christ provides a location for pastors to train and equips them with the skills and knowledge to go out and serve South Sudan.
8. Who is able to be a part of No Greater Commission?
No Greater Commission is open to any and all followers of the Lord as well as those seeking Him. NGC would like to share God’s love to all who are receptive to it.
9. How can I become a part of helping the Mission Gardens of Christ?
Consider becoming a partner in prayer. Pray for God to bless Mission Gardens of Christ and the work being done there. Pray for their endurance, strength and courage in spreading the Good News. Pray that the seeds they sow be sowed deeply, reaching the hearts of the unsaved in Bor and the surrounding areas.
Financially, any donation would be joyfully accepted and graciously received. If you have a physical good such as books, medical tools, supplies or any other gift you would like to bless Mission Gardens of Christ we enthusiastically welcome it.
Finally, please pray for Christians under persecution in South Sudan.