In Southern Sudan, there are women that have experienced deep suffering. Far Reaching Ministries seeks, first, to share the message of salvation with these women, via a program called Rabuna Fi. The name is Arabic for “God is here”, and through the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit, these women are discovering just that. They are finding peace and hope in Jesus Christ.
Women with little, or no, education come to Rabuna Fi and are offered an opportunity to truly study the Word of God. As a discipleship program, Rabuna Fi gives them the chance to grow spiritually. However, there is also a need to provide for their families. That’s why the ladies create and sell handcrafted gifts that allow them to tend to their family’s physical and financial needs.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel to South Sudan and spend time with the ladies of Rabuna Fi. In the commons area, I watched as they diligently worked - making necklaces. Other women checked the completed necklaces for quality and then paid for them. I noticed their children playing, nearby, and realized that I was getting a unique chance to peek into the world they live in.
Watching this process, it dawned on me that (even though we had never met) I knew all these women! Their names were familiar to me. You see, I handle the files of craft receipts from Rabuna Fi when they are sent to the FRM office. Suddenly, all the names on those receipts had faces… and smiles… and children! They were no longer only names on receipts, but active and mature believers – involved in community outreach, themselves. They want, so much, for others to know the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
We invite you to visit our office and see the handmade crafts from the ladies of Rabuna Fi. When you visit, think of them. If you are too far away to visit our office, you can still support our sisters by hosting a Rabuna Fi party. A party kit includes everything you need to share, from your own corner of the world, what God is doing in Africa. For more information, you can reach us at 951-677-4474.
Please come visit us at:
38615 Calistoga Drive, Suite 100
Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Hope to see you soon!