My name is Cath Bezold and I am currently working in the Eastern Equatoria region in South Sudan. Our lives are a journey with our Lord and my life has been an incredible journey and I could not have done it without God. I have been a missionary for over 10 years, first serving with YWAM(Youth with a Mission) and Mercy Ships mostly serving in Sierra Leone. I then felt led to serve with my church in helping plant a Primary school with one of our sister Baptist Churches in Khayelitsha. All these experiences were stepping stones for my next step and calling to Sudan. I have always had a heart for unreached people groups particularly in Africa. I also wanted to study theology and was lead to join a program called TIMO(Training in ministry Outreach), you can search for it on the web. This training was a commitment for two years where we studied subjects like Cross Cultural Communication, Evangelism, Church Planting, Spiritual Warfare and Discipleship. It was not just theoretical training but we learnt to disagree or agree with some theological approaches and then apply them in the context we were working in. During this time I learnt the Lopit language and learnt to live amongst them and am continually finding new ways to bring the gospel to them.
During this two year program one of the German men on the team Martin joined me in bringing the gospel to the people through dramas. It was in this time that we discovered our love for each other. He came to South Africa to meet my father and family and later I went with him to meet his family and church in Germany. After we were engaged we discovered that Martin had severe cancer and they explained there was nothing they could do. I told Martin I loved him and wanted to finish the love story we had begun and that I wanted to marry him as we had planned until death parted us. God provided all our needs and we were able to officially get married on the 7th April, exactly two weeks later on the 21st April he died in my arms. It was a beautiful time, a deep time, a very hard time and a time where I faced and embraced death. Through this experience I had more of a passion and urgency to share my testimony and story with his family and friends in Germany, my friends in South Africa and our dear friends in Sudan. Through prayer and a year of taking time to heal I returned to Sudan to continue the work we had started. It has now been fours years of working in Sudan and two years after Martins death and I can honestly say the Lord has sustained me and we have been victorious in Him.
The people I work with are living in the Lopit mountains, they have no written language and therefore no Bibles. I have focused on using creative methods like drama’s and now making small films in the Lopit language to make the gospel alive to them. I have also registered with SATS and wanted to continue studying theology while working on the field. It has been an incredible influence and has helped me with finding new approaches to minister to the Lopit people. You are welcome to read my website www.cathonamission,com for up to date information on what I am doing in Sudan. You are also welcome to watch my testimony on U-tube – Cath Bezold. Be blessed and encouraged He is also painting your life and story as he has mine.