South Sudan

South Sudan map

Presbyterian World Mission works in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) and the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC). World Mission works with these churches to develop Christ-centered peace-building programs, to strengthen and develop church primary and secondary schools, and provide teachers for adult theological education. Mission co-workers provide expertise working alongside local leaders and other partner organizations in each of these areas.

 

Rev. Debbie Blane

Rev. Debbie Blane

Debbie Blaine

Debbie teaches at Nile Theological College’s Malakal campus. Amid the severe poverty and insecurity that grip the young nation of South Sudan, Debbie and her colleagues prepare future pastors to serve its growing churches. Speaking of the college community, Debbie says, “We are the poor, the African, the Arab, the hurt, and the wounded, and we are in ministry to the same. We are learning and teaching how to serve God by caring for each of us.” 

You can find out more about her ministry by visiting her profile page, which you can find here.

Lynn and Sharon Kandel

Lynn and Sharon Kandel

Lynn and Sharon Kandel

Lynn and Sharon are working alongside the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan (PCOSS) doing logistical work to build and rebuild school buildings, help organize a teacher training project, and assist with reporting on a peace and reconciliation project for our South Sudanese partners. They will also be supporting other mission co-workers in South Sudan with finding housing and some logistical needs. “We are praying that the education aspect of our work will help improve the rate of women and young girls entering school. With education, come more possibilities of jobs, better health and a more positive future,” they say. Lynn and Sharon go to South Sudan knowing that God holds them and the people they work alongside in His love and protection.

You can find out more about their ministry on their profile page, which can be found here.

Nancy McGaughey

Nancy started work with the Murle people as a community health facilitator in November 2012. She is partnering with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan in working with women in the church. Her primary focus is community health evangelism, a holistic ministry strategy that integrates evangelism, discipleship, and church planting with community health and development. She is also working with Interchurch Medical Assistance World Health to provide training in reproductive health, so greatly needed in the country with the worst maternal mortality rate in the world. “My mission is to practice the presence of God, wherever I am, whatever I am doing,” she says.

You can find out more about her ministry on her profile page, which can be found here.

Rev. Shelvis and Rev. Nancy Smith-Mather

Revs. Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather

Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather

Shelvis and Nancy work with RECONCILE (Resource Center for Civil Leadership), an indigenous ecumenical Christian organization that promotes “peace-building.” RECONCILE provides training in trauma recovery, conflict transformation, and civic education in areas of high interethnic conflict. “Please pray God will heal the people of South Sudan so they can build a peaceful nation,” Shelvis and Nancy write. “Please pray for the RECONCILE staff as they train leaders and for us as we seek to be ambassadors for Christ carrying out God’s ministry of reconciliation.”

You can find out more about their ministry on their profile page, which can be found here.

Leisa Wagstaff

Leisa Wagstaff

Leisa Wagstaff

After nearly 30 years as a mission co-worker, Leisa has accepted an assignment in her fifth African country, South Sudan. While in college, she visited what is now South Sudan, where she experienced a call to global mission and fell in love with Africa. Leisa helps the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) strengthen its educational ministry by strengthening the education department of PCOSS, developing in-service teacher training programs, and nurturing community participation in education. She invites everyone to share in this ministry.

You can find out more about her ministry on her profile page, which can be found here.

Michael and Rachel Weller

Rev. Michael and Rachel Weller

Rev. Michael Weller, regional liaison for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan)

Michael serves as the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, where he works with partners in South Sudan, Sudan, and Ethiopia, supports the work of other mission personnel, and nurtures presbytery and congregational partnerships Serving in Ethiopia, with his wife Rachel Weller.

You can find out  more about their ministry by visiting their profile page, which can be found here.

South Sudan Partner Churches and Organizations

  • Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS)
  • South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC)
  • Across
  • South Sudan Council of Churches
  • Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF)
  • RECONCILE
  • Nile Theological College
  • Yei Teacher Training College

Presbytery Partnerships

Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network

  • The Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

 

Michael Weller, regional liaison, michael.weller@pcusa.org

Debbie Blane, mission co-worker, debbie.blane@pcusa.org

Nancy McGaughey, mission co-worker, nancy.mcgaughey@pcusa.org

Leisa Wagstaff, mission co-worker, leisa.wagstaff@pcusa.org

Lynn Kandel, mission co-worker, lynn.kandel@pcusa.org

Sharon Kandel, mission co-worker, sharon.kandel@pcusa.org

Nancy Smith-Mather, mission co-worker, nancy.smith-mather@pcusa.org

Shelvis Smith-Mather, mission co-worker, shelvis.smith-Mather@pcusa.org

Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network

  • The Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network

The Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network is among more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies.

For more information contact Virgil Bodeen or Paula Tibbs
2016 meeting: October 3-4 in Louisville, Ky.