Friday, November 28, 2014

Many reasons to PRAISE our God and to PRAY to see Him provide as the countdown begins.

Greetings and giving thanks for all that God is doing here for the people of South Sudan! 

PRAISE God with us for:

Everywhere we have gone to share about Operation Nehemiah, we have shared the story about a young friend of Jon's named Wani, whose family did not have the money to pay to have his sickness diagnosed, so they treated him for malaria, but he died days later of Yellow Fever… a treatable disease.  Our goal on our trip has been to raise funds for Rapid diagnostic tests & treatment of various disease in order to reopen the FREE Medical Clinic in the village and Praise God, the entire $5000 was provided to reopen our MEDICAL CLINIC with needed medicines & supplies.  The money has been sent to our ground team and they are so excited to once again give FREE medical care to our village and the surrounding community. PRAY for the ongoing need to continue to be supplied in the future.

In addition, the ministry has just received a donation of a complete DENTAL OFFICE to be shipped over in the spring of 2015. This can be set up in the village and a dentist from another area could come periodically to serve the people until someone in the village can be trained in dentistry.

As Assistant Coordinator for Sustainable Development, Jon’s primary focus for this trip will be to help to BUILD A FARMHOUSE at the Beth Israel Farmland

William Levi shares about The Beth Israel Farmhouse Project : 

The time has finally come to build a home & storage warehouse in the Beth Israel farmland beginning in the later part of 2014! Our vision is to be able to accommodate both our family & an additional 3 - 4 families, including missionaries, visitors, & the families of our ground staff to allow for full time engagement in farm operations. Please keep this exciting development in prayer.

I will be leaving for South Sudan with my eldest daughter, Abijah, & Jonathan Lueken on Dec. 8th for 10 days. Mr. Lueken will be staying in the field for six months. The scope of this shorter trip is to hold a two day leadership training with the church & to begin construction of the Beth Israel farmhouse. Hannah & five of our children will not be joining us this time because of the short duration of this trip.  We plan to travel back as a family in March 2015 for 2-3 months.
Funds stand at $40,000.00 & $46,000 more is needed to complete the Farm House. To donate to  online, visit
Thank you for standing with as we rebuild the wall in the Republic of South Sudan.  
May God bless you in His service. William Levi

For more detailed information about the Farmhouse go to this link:!on-matching-fund-drive/c19uv

Jon will be working along side his adopted brothers in helping with the building of the farmhouse, which is 5 miles on a bush road from the village. Thus far they have had to trek by foot or by tractor or other vehicle back and forth each day because there is no housing there on the farm thus, the needfor the farmhouse. 
Jon recently spoke with a seasoned traveller to Africa and he suggested Jon get a Paratrooper Folding Bike that he could take with him on the plane and a jungle hammock with mosquito netting & rain protection as his housing during the construction away from the village, so he could stay overnight out in the bush for a longer period of time.

So far, God has provided enough for Jon to get his round trip airfare, immunizations, some of the needed food & supplies, but there are some things that we are still praying in. 

PRAY for provision of:

~ Additional food & supplies & travel expenses. $500 needed & more for his 6 month stay ... DEC. 8 to May 28, 2015

~ A Hennesey Deep Jungle Asym HAMMOCK (with mosquito netting & extra thick bottom that does not allow mosquito’s to bite through the bottom of the hammock) $200

~ A Montague Paratrooper Pro Folding Bike - that he can take on the plane. Someone suggested that we have contact Montague Bikes in Boston asking if they would discount  or donate a bike, if we give pictures and report back of its usefulness in South Sudan. Regular price $945. Pray they call us back. 

~ Jon is also earnestly working on an audio recording of THE BIBLE OR THE AXE, Williams story of his escape from south Sudan as a teenager. Jon gets up at 4am to avoid too much traffic noise & hopes to finish before he heads to Africa.  Not sure how many Cd’s will be needed for each copy of the book, but hoping that sales will make it more affordable so we can share it with others, especially elderly folks who cannot read, for family’s to listen to, and to air on Nehemiah Trumpet Call Radio Station in Borongole, South Sudan!

~ Funds needed for the extra checked bags on the plane that are filled with donations of clothing, sewing, school & first aid supplies. PRAY for the $400 needed for extra bag fees, or better, yet, for favor with the authorities that they wave the fee.

Thank you for sending Jonathan off with your prayerful support. Jon could not be there without it. Please be praying for those in the village of Borongole, as well, who are hard at work year round, to rebuild their nation and share the Lord's bounty with others around them.

Operation Nehemiah Mission focuses on the Great Commission in the South Sudan sharing the Hope of Salvation in Jesus the Messiah for the redemption of mankind from their sin. It focuses on rebuilding the Family, the Church and Community from the ashes of war. This is done through establishing genuine long term indigenous leadership among the South Sudanese nationals & pastors through family discipleship and sustainable living. Our objective is to reduce the resources coming from USA and other countries by increasing the resources within the country. Our success will be measured by communicating the biblical framework of the family and the church.  Along with that comes the local pastoral leadership, in conducting workshops on the sufficiency of scripture; Christ centered worship, and biblical peacemaking and a work ethic to deal with physical need of their flock in society. We encourage men, women and children to play their proper roles in the home, church  and community by working with their own hands. New believers are exhorted to make their calling and election sure, putting on the new life and identity in Christ. ” For more  information on Operation Nehemiah please visit our main website at    

We, as a family, are available to come to your home, church, small group, homeschool or Christian school to share Jon’s slides and tell of the work being done and the needs over in South Sudan. 

Blessed to be His,  The Lueken family

To Donate on the website scroll to the bottom - Choose option #2 
Then choose PayPal (we get 97%) or Credit card (we get 100%)
(one time or recurring/monthly option)
PayPal (we get 97%)
Mail checks to Operation Nehemiah PO Box 2401, Plainville, MA 02762 (we get 100%)

Thankful for the generosity of God's people & evidence of His hand on our fall trip!

November 2014
We are so thankful for the generosity of God’s people, who prayed, gave and those who graciously opened their homes to us wandering travelers. Whenever we were thirsty (spiritually or physically) God used you to minister a cool cup of water to refresh us. 

First praise report is that we even did the trip! We set out with enough funds to get us to Minnesota w/ no planned speaking till 9 days later, but God had other plans & beautifully filled in housing, when friends got sick & could not house us; also financially, when an online order for my mom’s health needs accidently took the remaining money out of our account rather than hers.  God knew & had plans for Jon to share at our very first stop, that neither we, nor our hosts knew about! 

The trip continued to be filled with unexpected provision, divine appointments & wonderful fellowship with God’s people. 

This was our first real adventure on our own to share about Operation Nehemiah Missions. It gave us courage to venture forth yet again and this has confirmed our calling as a family. It will not be the last trip that we will make and we look forward to future connections with you and others that God will bring across our path. 

JON WILL BE HEADING BACK TO SOUTH SUDAN ON DEC. 8TH & will be traveling with William Levi. William intends to supervise the beginning of construction on the Beth Israel Farm house (a place where families can stay, as right now there is no housing available) William will head home in a couple weeks once the preliminaries have been set. Jon will stay on the ground working with the ground crew and will stay through William and Hannah’s Feb-May family trip. He will return with them in May. He’ll be there 6 months!!

Please pray:   
~For the next few weeks preparations & needed provision for both Jon & WIlliam on this trip, scheduled for Dec 8!! 
Jon hopes to get his South Sudanese permanent residency while he is over there and prayer for wisdom to navigate the red tape and governmental corruption would be much much appreciated!

~For increased monthly support. Thankful for $505 committed monthly support for our family. God faithfully provided for every step of this trip & is providing our daily bread. He has proven again & again that He sees & knows our need! 

~for a computer & hard drive that can handle programs needed to keep track of donations and other necessary systems to help this office with paperwork, as right now we are doing everything by hand.

~For a family vehicle that will take us where we need to go as a family to share about Operation Nehemiah.

~For more local opportunities to share about Operation Nehemiah in homes, churches, homeschool groups, Christian schools.

We will do our best to keep you updated on all that is going on in South Sudan and future ministry work here in the States. We are in awe of His faithfulness and rejoice in being a part of God’s family!    Thank you all so much,   
Roger, Patty, Jon & Emma