Every Sunday afternoon, we have team church.
This is where we spend time in worship, prayer, and discussion about a passage from the Bible. Sometimes we have other "Khawajas" (Nuer/Arabic word for "foreigners") join us.
This day, Jared was sick, so it was just Keisha, Laura and me. We had recently learned that fighting had spread to Nasir, so we decided we would spend the time worshipping and praying for Nasir. Like most days of team church, we sat outside in our plastic chairs in a small circle.
As we were alternating between singing and praying, two of our young friends, Nyatet and Molan, wandered onto the compound and sat down with us. Neither of them speaks much English, but they soon realized what we were doing. Many of the people in Gambella have relatives in Nasir, and these girls were no different. Immediately they began to pray with us. Soon after, another one of our friends, Mary, joined us as well.
The time of prayer continued as we would sing a song and pray in English, and then they would sing and pray in Nuer. This was such a beautiful time as we praised God and prayed together for Nasir in two completely different languages.
I was reminded that God’s love and worship supersedes language and culture. It was a beautiful glimpse of what heaven will be like: people from every tribe, tongue, and nation praising God together.