Ps. John Machar serves as pastor for Calvary Chapel Tonj and as a chaplain at the IDAT Maternal Child Healthcare Hospital.
John is from Tonj East and his father died when he was seven. The village elders took him at age 10 and forced him to go for the traditional initiation ceremony which inolves cutting the forehead across four times with a knife and pulling out four bottom teeth using a spear and nothing to stop the pain or to avoid infection. He was not allowed to cry and make a noise.
In 2007, John found himself alone and a neighbor took care of him. He started going to school and from there joined the Catholic church. He got baptized but knew something was missing. In 2019 he joined Calvary Chapel and started to learn the Word of God and realized he was not understanding the bible well. He left the Catholic church and joined CC Tonj, where he got saved and became a student of the Word.
In 2022, John loved to share the Word of God and wanted to help people so Pastor Mabior appointed him as a chaplain. He attended the chaplain training and volunteered even without sponsorship.