JOSEPHAT LOMURIA LAPUR
Wife: Mary Ayanae Lomuria
Eli Ekamais, Zippor Akal
Emmanuel Ekamais, Christine Atabo
SIMI Class: 2017-18
Block: Chokchok Block
Village: Akatuman, Lotiira, & Lomunyen
Population of Akatuman village is 4500 people whose economic activity is mostly fishing, irrigation farming, and animal mongers.
The church has a population of 169 adults and 106 children who attend service on Sunday. They worship under a semi- permanent structure.
Updates from the field:
In July, Missionary Josephat shared the Gospel to 360 people in the Village of Lomunyen and 41 people gave their lives to Christ. He is currently discipling 60 people. He is looking at doing a church plant in the Village of Lokipetot. There are 815 members attending church services in all branches of the mother and daughter churches. He is grateful for the support and prayers.
In June, Missionary Josephat shared the Gospel to 400 people in the Village of Lomunyen and 12 people gave their lives to Christ. He is currently discipling 160 people. He is looking at doing a church plant in the Village of Lokipetot. There are 803 members attending church services in all branches of the mother and daughter churches. He is grateful for the support and prayers.
In May, Missionary Josephat Lomuria reached the Lokipetot and Lomunyen villages, and ministered to 328 people. 29 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ. He struggles with the challenge of witchdoctors in the area. He planted a new church in the Lomunyen Village. He requests for Bibles to provide to those who are able to read. This month, 803 members attended church service in all branch churches and the mother church. Josephat is grateful for the help he received to build his house.
In April, Missionary Josephat had an average attendance of 177 people, with 30 new members. 30 people were saved. He has a discipleship class of 36 people; 8 of whom can freely testify to nonbelievers courageously.
– Spiritual maturity of the Body of Christ in the area
– Drought and famine, which also affect attendance
In March, Missionary Joseph Lapur reached the Nachok Village (Pop. 350), and 30 souls came to Christ. 20 people are in discipleship class. He planted a new church in the Nakuron Village. He prays for transportation to reach the unreached villages and seminars to educate people more about God. 1048 members attended church servicse in all branch churches and the mother church. He is grateful for the support he receives from his sponsor.
Missionary Josephat is the pastor of the church in Kibish, where the average attendance was 49. They added 30 new members this month. They did an outreach in the village of Nachok, where 20 people accepted Christ. 22 people are enrolled in the discipleship class. Josephat has 5 elders to help him with the work of sharing the Gospel in the area. He also serves the villages of Nakuron, Lokam, and Akatuman, where the combined average attendance was 205.
– Transportation means
– Church construction
– Drought to end
– Traditional beliefs
– Drought and hunger
In January, Missionary Josephat had an average attendance of 188 people. They added 16 new members, and 20 people are enrolled in discipleship training. They did an outreach in the village of Nochok, where 30 people gave their lives to Christ. Josephat has 3 elders and 5 evangelist that have been trained to help him with his work. They also serve the villages of Nakuron, Akauman, Lokam and Narii where the average combined attendance was 210. There were 120 new members added this month to these churches.
– Transportation means (motorcycle)
– Pray for the believers to be strong in the north
– Witchcraft and witch doctors in the area
– Lack of enough teaching in some communities