Mission worker: Michael Weller, regional liaison for the Horn of Africa (South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia)
Pastors on trial in Sudan await July 2 hearing
Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yen Reith, imprisoned for their faith since December 2014 and January 2015, respectively, will have the opportunity to answer a judge’s questions. The hearing could result in continuation of the trial or, if the evidence against them is weak, the charges against them may be dropped.
May 2015 World Council of Churches supports SSCC statement
WCC and Church leaders in South Sudan urge South Sudan government to stop the war
As the tragic situation of conflict in South Sudan moves into its 18th month, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) continue calling for an end to the senseless conflict. READ MORE.
PC(USA) issues call to prayer for safety and release of two pastors detained in Sudan
Church partners in Sudan and South Sudan have asked for prayers for the safe release of two pastors, Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yen Reith, South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, who have been detained without charge in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, since December 2014 and January 2015, respectively. The court hearing started May 21. To learn more, click here.
Meriam Ibrahim, Sudanese Christian woman condemned to death for "apostasy" (marrying a Christian) has been released. Read more
July 2013 Two Sudanese ecumenical councils established—the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), based in Juba, and the Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), based in Khartoum. The two plan to celebrate their 50-year Golden Jubilee together in January 2015
Watch a video of the Sudan webinar
Violence and turmoil in the Republic of Sudan and South Sudan are in the headlines every week. What can Presbyterians do to respond?
Join Debbie Braaksma of Presbyterian World Mission’s Africa Office for an in-depth webinar that tells you how Christians are being marginalized and persecuted in the Republic of Sudan, inter-ethnic fighting in South Sudan, and violence along the border. In the midst of these crises, you’ll find out how Presbyterians are working alongside Sudanese and South Sudanese partners to be agents of reconciliation, evangelism and justice in Africa.
Hear from a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and U.S. Presbyterians who are making a difference in God’s world. Most importantly, you’ll hear how you can be in prayer for our sisters and brothers in Sudan and South Sudan, and other practical ways you can support them.
Sudan, the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July 2011 after the people of the south voted for independence.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates more than 100 years of ministry in Sudan. Our engagement in this country involves ministry through mission personnel and our partner church relationships. The PC(USA) joins its partners in Sudan in a holistic approach to ministry that includes education and leadership development, community development, evangelism and new church development.
Since Sudan gained independence in 1956 civil war has gripped the nation for most of its post-colonial history. Nevertheless, many people in Sudan have struggled to find a common peace. We join together with the Christian churches of Sudan in efforts to end the conflict and bring new opportunity to all peoples of Sudan. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan call on us to speak out and stand with them in their fight for peace and justice for all.
Reconcile: Women’s Peace Building in Sudan
This emotional video highlights a women’s peace-building workshop in Southern Sudan, site of traumatic and violent inter-ethnic fighting. The Nuer women of Akobo are ready to work and learn skills such as trauma healing, and to travel the distance to Pibor and invite the Murle women of Pibor to come together restoring health, strength and peace to their post-war country.
Sudan Partner Churches and Organizations
Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS)
Ever since the first missionaries arrived in the Doleib Hill area of the Upper Nile State in 1902, the Presbyterian Church of Sudan has seen phenomenal growth. Yet it has also seen its share of pain and division. Because of the recent civil war, which was in progress off and on for 49 years, the Presbyterian Church of Sudan congregations were divided between those in rebel-controlled areas and those in government-controlled areas. The PCOS operates kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, a Bible school, health clinics, a pharmacy, bookshops, a youth department, a women’s work department, a mission and evangelism department and an education department. In spite of the tremendous difficulties faced by the people of the church, there is evidence of a vibrant and living faith among the faithful believers. The members of the PCOS stand faithful in their call to be Christ’s body in the world and to witness to the Love of God in Christ Jesus to all.
Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC)
The American Mission started in the northern part of Sudan as part of the Egypt-Sudan mission from the Presbyterian Church of North America. In 1964 all missionaries were expelled from the country, leaving the work of the mission in the hands of the Sudanese. And capable hands they were. The SPEC has grown in strength and numbers since that time, with congregations in all areas of northern and western Sudan and more recently in the Republic of South Sudan as a large percentage of SPEC members moved South in anticipation of the forming of this new country. The SPEC is involved in a holistic ministry, including education for children, health work, literacy training for adults and evangelism. The SPEC has a vision of working in these areas of the north where there is a strong Muslim presence and of planting churches in these areas where there has been no Christian presence as well as planting churches in the Republic of South Sudan.
Sudan Council of Churches
The Sudan Council of Churches exists to engage churches and people of good will in advocacy for peace, justice, equality, and human rights in the Sudan, and to enable member churches to acquire relevant skills and resources for ministering in word and service to the Sudanese people in general, and the poor in particular, in multi-faith, multi-ethnic and conflict situations.
Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (SAAF)
This is a major channel of Presbyterian efforts for advocacy for Sudan, which grew out of the Sudan Mission Network.
Established in March 2004, RECONCILE (Resource Center for Civil Leadership) is related to the Sudan Council of Churches. These Sudanese churches aim to help victims recover from the trauma associated with the 25-year civil war in Sudan. They also help to lead a process of reconciliation and civic education to contribute to nation building in the new Republic of South Sudan.
Nile Theological College
Nile Theological College is one college with two campuses founded to train pastors, theologians and Christian educators for the Presbyterian Church of Sudan and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. The Arabic Track and Diploma Program is located in Khartoum, Sudan. The English Track is located in Malakal, South Sudan.
The college has four tracks: Christian Education, Pastoral, Exegetical and Theology.
The college offers a quality education to women and men in preparation for serving Jesus Christ in the difficult circumstances of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.
Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network
- For more information contact Virgil Bodeen or Paula Tibbs
2015 Meeting Information: October 19-20; Louisville, KY
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.