Redeemed to Go: A Rescued Refugee Returns to Africa with the Gospel

The world has watched in horror over the last several years as millions of people have been displaced from their homes in South Sudan as a result of civil war. It’s easy to wonder what good can come from children and families being forced from their homes, torn from any sense of safety and security.

But in God’s amazing grace, he is redeeming the stories of these lives, one by one,  calling refugees to himself, and sending them back out to share the gospel with the nations. Abuk, a disciple of Christ and an IMB missionary, is one of them.

Abuk is subtly redefining what many people believe missionaries to be. Her humble spirit and inspiring story shows how they are ordinary followers of Jesus…

As a young girl, Abuk was displaced with her family and landed in Amarillo, Texas, right in America’s Heartland. And there, God used a simple greeting—at the time, a mistake, it seemed—to connect Abuk’s family with First Baptist Church and the greater Southern Baptist family.

Abuk has now embarked on a journey to obediently answer God’s call to return to Africa to make disciples. Through her obedient response to the call to the nations, Abuk is subtly redefining what many people believe missionaries to be. Her humble spirit and inspiring story shows how they are ordinary followers of Jesus, each with his or her own story of redemption. And each with his or her own part to play in God’s mission.


For more information on how you can serve refugees, explore our project finder, our trip finder, and Baptist Global Response’s work among refugees (though this work is among Syrian refugees). Also, see this encouragement from IMB President, David Platt on a Biblical response to the crisis at hand.