Mission Matters: South Sudan
Displaced by violence
November 2013 - South Sudan is not only the world’s newest nation but also the poorest. It is a country in need – plagued by inter-ethnic violence. An additional 90,000 people – the victims of recent human rights violations by the military - are now displaced.
Families are hurting.
For more than a century, Presbyterians have walked with the people in this region. Today, the challenges in South Sudan speak to the need for reconciliation and sharing God’s healing words more than ever before. In response, World Mission has increased the number of mission workers working with our partners in the region from one to 10 over the last five years – signaling our continued commitment to the men, women, and children in the region despite the challenges ahead of us.
We are also committed to making a difference in the life of the poorest children in the world, including in South Sudan. An education initiative through the PC(USA) World Mission Poverty Campaign seeks to help communities around the world educate 100,001 children by 2020. Education promotes human development, and basic literacy is a gateway skill that empowers the poor to emerge from poverty.
We are called to serve the survivors of the violence in Jonglei State through prayer, action and support. World Mission is now working hand-in-hand with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to provide food, emergency supplies, trauma recovery and peace building support.
In response to the need to stop the violence RECONCILE has planned a strategic response which is integral to ending the “cycle of violence” including working with our mission co-workers including: trauma healing for children and adults victimized by this reign of terror; facilitation of Women’s Peace Building efforts; and the mobilization of South Sudanese Church Leaders for Peace.
On December 9th and 10th, U.S. Presbyteries and congregations who are part of the Sudan Mission Network will gather at the Louisville Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, to discuss what more we can do together. If your congregation seeks to make a difference in a place of challenging need-- and also remarkable blessing-- join with Presbyterians across the country in critically important work in South Sudan. Pray with and for the people of South Sudan; take action to give voice to those who are being silenced and consider financially supporting this work so the healing can begin.
It is a challenging time, but with the love and healing power of Jesus Christ and with your support we can help all God’s people. It's not too late to join in the collective impact Presbyterians can have in God's mission.