SOUTH SUDAN—Working in countries like Sudan presents many dangers and challenges. A group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) comes into villages in countries like Uganda, South Sudan, and the Congo. They abuse and mutilate women and capture men and boys, forcing them to join their army.
Growing up, Madra went to a school operated by a Christian denomination. Here Madra read his Bible and joined in the singing of hymns. Through the influence of his brother, he learned about the Sabbath and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist.
“God, these are your people. They don’t know what they are doing. Please provide a way for our escape!”
In 1981, civil war broke out between North and South Sudan so he fled to a refugee camp. In a raid by the LRA, he along with 17 other men and boys were captured. Their hands were bound so that they felt paralyzed. Eventually, the soldiers untied their hands and made each one carry a 110-pound sack of corn all night into the thick of a forest guided only by a flashlight. In the morning, they were allowed to have a 30-minute rest. All through this experience, Madra was earnestly praying. The soldiers searched everyone looking for money. Madra had only his Bible in his pocket, but for some reason, the soldiers didn’t take it. Then they continued their march until late afternoon when they were finally told to rest under a tree.
Madra prayed, “God, these are your people. They don’t know what they are doing. Please provide a way for our escape!” Just then, the commander stepped forward and unexpectedly asked, “Who wants to join the Lord’s Resistance Army?” Madra told him, “We can’t, because we are refugees.” The commander replied, “OK, you can go.” This was an absolute miracle!
Madra helped to bring many people to Jesus in the refugee camp and to plant and build a church. In January 2016, he joined Gospel Outreach as an evangelist.