Pastors Lead Mission Trip Into the Heart of Sudan
In January 2008, two Logsdon alumni, Matt McGowen (Logsdon '08) and Phillip Thomas (HSU '99; Logsdon '07) traveled to Nyamlell, Sudan
to do mission work in partnership with Make Way Partners. Matt is currently pastor of Cottonwood Baptist Church in Cross Plains and Phillip is pastor of First Baptist Church in Sweetwater. The two pastors traveled across the world with a team assembled from all corners of the globe including Australia, Hungary, Kenya, and the U.S. The team worked with a Make Way Partners project which has cooperated with a Sudanese man to build an orphanage and school compound in Nyamlell, Sudan that feeds, clothes, educates, and disciples 400 orphans.
In the mornings, Matt and Phillip conducted Vacation Bible School for the kids, dividing the kids into groups of 100 with whom they worked for an hour at a time. In the afternoons, they worked with teenage boys to construct tables and benches as places for the children to eat. Matt comments, "This project was a good opportunity to meet a need, to build relationships with the boys, and to pass on some useful skills to them." In the evenings they would engage in prayer ministry together with their team. For both pastors, this experience reinforced a deep thirst for social justice and a realization of the great need in our world for both spiritual and material aid. The experience also provided a greater appreciation for the partnerships we have within the body of Christ to achieve more for the kingdom.
Matt writes of his experience, "It is hard to put into words the need in this place and total poverty there. These children have seen their parents murdered and many have been the victims of sexual violence. They have faced the dangers of hyenas (the number one cause of death for children in this area), rabid dogs, military attacks from the north, slave raiders, as well as starvation. It has reminded me of the many passages in Scripture that demonstrate God's heart for the poor, oppressed, the abandoned, and the weak. There is much more need there, but this ministry is one of the only success stories in the region. It testifies to the power of vision, faithfulness, and partnership. It shows what can be accomplished when God's people cooperate together in a common cause."
If you would like to learn more about Make Way Partners, you can contact Matt or Phillip, or visit the MakeWay website at www.makewaypartners.org. Logsdon students and alumni regularly participate in mission immersion experiences. If you would like to learn how you can partner with Logsdon students or alumni in mission efforts, contact James Stone, Director of Placement and Congregational Resourcing (