“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:20,21
C.R.O.S.S. Ministries wants to share our passion and faith for this mission with you. Here is the overview of the situation in South Sudan, the need(s) and what we will be doing (Lord willing) for the South Sudanese people, to the Glory of God.
If you have never heard of South Sudan, then you’re not alone. It is the world’s newest country, located in eastern Africa, is recognized by the United States, Israel and the United Nations (among others). While South Sudan is roughly the size of Texas it has only about 100 miles of paved roads. This fledgling country has much hope and pride, yet many struggles ahead as it has the second worst literacy rate in the world. Only five percent of its population has improved drinking water. A lack of usable roadways, dismal literacy rates and virtually no clean water are not its biggest physical problem. It is also a country that is under attack by its neighbor to the north, Sudan.
C.R.O.S.S. Ministries plans to base out of Aweil, South Sudan which is centrally located in the northern part of the country which will facilitate ministry to many border villages.
South Sudan biggest problem is that it is being invaded, bombed, and harassed by its neighbor to the north: Sudan. For more details on the situation in the country, see: Crisis in South Sudan
Our family plans to go to the border area for a simple reason: Few others will dare to go there. God called Christians to preach the gospel not only when and where convenient and safe, but to the ends of the earth and at all times. The people of South Sudan are eager to learn… to learn more than just to read or to maintain a safe water supply, but many are eager to learn the Word of God. There are Christians in the northern part of the country, but they have few Bibles, few Bible-based churches and few to teach, edify and disciple them in their Christian walk. We will help the people to where they can help themselves in those areas.
C.R.O.S.S. will bring the gospel of Christ to South Sudan through several means… first, living an example of Christianity is important in South Sudan (as well as in the USA!) as often a Christian lifestyle will be more obviously noticed there compared to here. Talking with people about the gospel, holding weekly (at least) Bible studies that all are invited to, we are hoping to partner with an Independent Baptist “mini-seminary” (two months at a time) in the southern part of South Sudan, to assist in travel to and from (critical, as most can’t make it on their own due to distances and travel conditions), presenting Bibles (in their language!) and various humanitarian means.
Regarding humanitarian means, the goal is not to give handouts but to teach the local people to learn skills to be self-sufficient. It is our prayer that we can teach teachers, to more effectively spread this knowledge. C.R.O.S.S. staff has many years in the water purification industry which will be put to good use in helping villages secure a source of clean water for basic needs. In this manner (self-sufficiency), C.R.O.S.S. will help the border villages lawfully establish village “defense forces” to give the villages a chance to repel unlawful attacks by the Muslim extremists/terrorists from the north. Also, C.R.O.S.S. will help train people in one of the biggest needs that they say they want help with: wild-land firefighting to help the people avoid dangerous and costly wildfires by educating the people in fire prevention and fighting.
The Wood family (Micah, his wife Dania, and their son, Micah).
“not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”
— Ephesians 6:6
Micah Wood was raised in a reformed Bible-believing Christian home and was saved by grace at age seven. Micah was home schooled through ninth grade at which point his parents had him attend a private classical Christian high school where he studied not only the usual high school subjects, but also rhetoric, logic, and apologetics. After graduating, he attended both Boise State University and The Master’s College (a Christian College) where he initially majored in business but switched to history to finish up and minored in Bible. People who know Micah say he is passionate about God’s truth, justice and the defense of the helpless. They also say he is a gifted teacher, teaching everything from biblical principles and school subjects to firearms. He taught high school history, logic and political science. He also has a solid work-history in construction, water purification and security. He taught firearms and tactics for the Front Sight firearms training academy, is TCCC medically trained and served as a patrol Deputy Sheriff.
Dania Wood was blessed to be raised in a God-fearing family and was saved by grace at age six. Dania fully supports this endeavor and will bring her experience being raised on a farm, her passion for natural medicine complimenting modern medicine and her experience assisting in home childbirths to help the people of South Sudan. Dania is gifted in teaching children, and will raise little Micah and help her husband while ministering to the women of the communities they live in and travel to.
Little Micah Wood doesn’t have much of a resume yet as he’s only just short of two years old. As he grows, he will help minister to the children where we are living and as well as through the children, Lord willing, to their parents as well.
Our first trip venturing to South Sudan will, God willing, be in January of 2013. This trip will be pivotal in making connections, being introduced (we know people in-country that want to introduce us around), registering our non-profit there, and securing a place to base out of and live when we move there full time. Please know that this will take time to set up and establish as the logistical challenges involved with working in the country of South Sudan can not be over estimated. Often, travel, even just going a few miles, takes much of a day. The government is new and consistent regulations and rules in different states are not the norm. Please pray for smooth transactions in establishing C.R.O.S.S. in South Sudan.
An optimistic timeline would have the Wood family living in South Sudan full time by late fall/winter of 2013 (depending on many factors, including finances), but it is more likely that several trips will be made, and finally see the Woods moving to South Sudan full time in the late fall of 2013. It is also hoped that C.R.O.S.S. training teams will be continuously operating in South Sudan by the end of 2013.
Some missionaries ask for donations till it makes us sick. Others run from it out of an over-reaction to the money-grubbers thinking they need to starve to prove their point they won’t abuse money. We are neither, so let’s be honest; it takes money… a lot of money to move to a simmering conflict area. Let’s be clear here that our finances will be very transparent.
See our Accountability Board Members here.
The Wood family’s most recent job in the USA resulted in a comfortable lifestyle with health insurance paid for and a lot left over each month after normal life expenses. They weren’t rich, but could live well on about half of their income. The Woods want to make it clear that going on the mission-field will not mean a pay increase… in fact it will mean a very big pay cut. So don’t think that their quality of life, square footage or toys will get better/bigger… in fact the opposite it true. No, they don’t plan on being broke either, but this will not be a worldly promotion. God will provide, most likely some times just enough and sometimes abundantly, but in all things the Wood family will rejoice, thank God for providing and in all things, being responsible. To this end we do ask for your financial support either a one-time gift for initial expenses or a monthly commitment for ongoing expenses in country. C.R.O.S.S. is a registered non-profit (and is filing for its 501(c)3 tax exempt status) corporation in Idaho so your contributions and gifts are fully tax-deductible. C.R.O.S.S. also has an Accountability Board that will annually provide a financial report on our website, detailing what your money has helped accomplish for the safety of the defenseless and for the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
The average missionary family (usually to a semi-developed area that is relatively safe) moving overseas spends $105,000 equipping and moving, and $55,000 on a bush-equipped truck for transportation in the harsh environment. Yes, $160,000 just to get there. Though, actually, many spend more. Though South Sudan is a very difficult and expensive country to get established in, this is our projected goal to equip and send the Wood family to South Sudan and have them established in the country. We would appreciate your prayerful and cheerful support.
The prayers of Christians everywhere in the World are needed. Prayer is not trivially asked for, as we serve a living and holy God who not only can hear us but has the power to do something about our prayers… as the Scripture says, the fervent prayer of the righteous avails much!!!
C.R.O.S.S. is also seeking donations of time, money, and materiel to accomplish the spreading of the gospel and defense of the helpless and weak, so that the Word of God may more quickly spread to all corners of South Sudan. Please see our “how you can help” page for more details.
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PRAY!!!! This can NOT be overemphasized. God listens to His saints and has power to answer!
C.R.O.S.S. Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 1055
Meridian, Idaho 83680