Sunday School was especially fascinating this past weekend as I had the privilege of sitting in on a presentation by Dr Peter Hammond (bio here), one of the leading advocates against radical Jihadism in the world today and who is perfoming missionary work in some of the most dangerous places on the face of the planet. Especially harrowing was Dr Hammonds accounts of ministering to black Christians in the south of Sudan in the area of the Nuba mountains.
Dr Hammond related an instance from when he was preaching in the area of Equatoria in South Sudan that aircraft from the Khartoum government in the north, obstensibly representing the Religion of Peace ®, began bombing the area where their church service was being held. Although eight bombs were dropped in an area not much larger than a football field, no one perished in the incident, however Dr Hammond experienced several cracked ribs having been struck by flying debris from the explosion.
In another incident reported by Dr Hammond, he described being bitten by one of the nastiest species of scopions around while out ministering to the Nabu people and he could actually feel the poison coursing through his body, heading straight for his heart. Hammond added that they were miles from any medical facility and the only thing that he could rely on was the promise given by Jesus in Luke 10:19 and after praying with others, he literally could feel the poison leaving his body.
I have provided a permanent link to Dr Hammond's website reformationSA.org on the right margin in case anyone is interested in finding out more about this wonderful organization.
TRIVIA: Dr Hammond has the distinction of having the first (non-pornografic) book lobbied for to be banned in the new South Africa. Who can name that book?