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History lesson

Cross thoughts: Christian ideas seen in Sudanese every day life.

The Omdurman hills, some 7 miles north of the city, were the scene of a famous battle on September 2nd 1898.

The Khalifa army was defeated by the superior organisation and fire power of British General Sir Herbert Kitchener. This was the beginning of the end of the Mahdist state.

Some of the Omdurman hills 2003.

The battle proved that overwhelming numbers were not a guarantee of success.

The 8,000 British regulars plus 17,000 Sudanese and Egyptian troops (total 25,000) fought and defeated well over 53,000 Ansar fighters (also known as Dervishes).

Higher numbers on their own do not mean victory.

We can sometimes learn from our history!

“How wonderful are the good things you keep for those who honour you! Everyone knows how good you are, how securely you protect those who trust you. You hide them in the safety of your presence from the plots of men; in a safe shelter you Wooden block print of the battle. 1898.hide them from the insults

of their enemies”. Psalm 31:19-20 GNB

In the people-movements of recent months, you may be feeling lonely, vulnerable, lost or afraid. Your Father God reminds you that he loves you and he knows his plans for your future. One plus God is a good majority!

Thinking of numbers, remember what Jesus did with just five loaves of bread and two small fish. 5,000 men were fed! See Matthew 14:13-21.

September 2011.

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