When I got an email from my friend Shelvis Smith-Mather asking me to pray I knew it was serious. He emailed me from Keyna and in the email he described in detail the moments before, during, and after the birth of he and his wife Nancy's first born son. I was motionless. In the vivid details of the email I felt like I was reliving the chaos, the confusion, the fear, that they were experiencing. But through it all, there was a resolve...a hope...a trust...a belief...a faith in God that was undeniable in his words.
I am so delighted to say that I had the pleasure of holding Baby Jordan (the first American born child in the new country of South Sudan) in my arms. I had the pleasure of sitting down with my family and the Smith-Mather family in my home. They had come to sit down with me and to share their story. I had the pleasure of offering them a video recorded conversation, baby Jordan in their arms, of them recounting to him the early days of his life. We laughed, we prayed, shed tears. I could write a book about that experience alone with them.
They told me that the following day, they would be interviewed by another friend of theirs on CNN. Below is the video from that CNN interview with them. Their commitment to the work that they are doing is unwavering. They are returning to South Sudan to do their work of ministry, and they believe that their experience is all the more reason to try to make sure that there is justice, equality, and hope for its citizens. Please offer them your prayers and kind words.