We are so thankful for everyone that has been partnering with us in prayer for the people of South Sudan during this last year of war and poverty. Many of you have joined us in prayer for Pr. John &
Sarah Light, who have served as Harvest Vision Ministries coordinators, during these last couple of years and know that in July of last year they were forced to leave their home and seek protection in the nearby desert with other families & orphans to avoid the civil war. John’s wife, Sarah, and their four children, Rebecca, Isaac, Blessing & Joy went with them along with two other children. During those couple of days, without food, their 3 year old daughter, Blessing, went to be with the Lord and her body was buried in the desert. In August, even with John’s failing health, they were able to seek asylum in a refugee camp in N. Uganda and after 3 weeks in the hospital they transported John to Kampala, the capital city, where they diagnosed him with tuberculosis. While under treatment, he also developed other severe problems which they were unable to diagnose but through these many months and with the prayers and support of brothers and sisters in Uganda and the USA, Sarah and her children were relocated to Gulu, where John was being treated, so they could be together as a family. A few days ago, they were able to pinpoint a diagnosis of lymphoma cancer associated with his swollen and bad leg that he has had for a few months. They were planning to start treatment immediately. Pastor Martin, director of Harvest Vision Ministries Africa, was notified this evening that his condition had worsened and he immediately left to attend John in Gulu, but upon his arrival (about 9pm PST), Martin arrived but John had already passed and gone to be with the Lord. Obviously, prayers are much needed for Sarah and the family, and also for the church that has been slowly coming back together in South Sudan over these same few months, as they face the loss of this loving husband & father, pastor, teacher and apostolic leader. John’s passion has always been to see the people of South Sudan reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ and even in these last 9 months, he has kept repeatedly on focus to be there and see that harvest. Now, more than ever he is there and that mission will be accomplished. Souls coming to Jesus, being discipled by trained leaders and in fellowship with like-minded Christians as they continue bringing light into the darkness. We would also ask that you pray about joining with them because of the circumstances that come along with death in Africa which includes no body preparation in the sense of embalming. Sarah will be faced with the immediate cost associated with the transporting of John’s body and the family back to South Sudan for burial as is their custom. If you would like to help with this financial burden, you can send donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284 or give electronically at https://connect.egiving.com/where-most-needed98/harvest-vision-ministries. Please also visit the website at www.harvestvisionministries.org and go to Africa leadership to read John and Sarah’s testimony.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalms 116:15