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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.

Reconciliation Efforts

Despite the civil war, South Sudanese church leaders find ways to train leaders

Mission co-worker discusses theological education opportunities for Sudanese

Lynn and Sharon Kandel

Lynn and Sharon Kandel

Lynn and Sharon Kandel

Lynn and Sharon Kandel are serving together as the regional liaisons in Sudan, Ethiopia and South Sudan. As such, they serve as point persons for our global partners there, for US constituents, mission co-workers, Presbyterian World Mission and Presbyterian Mission Agency staff. Sharon is the primary lead for Ethiopia, Lynn for Sudan, and they are both deeply engaged in South Sudan where they live. South Sudan has multiple and diverse needs, so the Kandels feel blessed to be able to work with people in South Sudan with a wide assortment of talents and abilities. They continue to work for peace in South Sudan and to be an encouraging partner presence for the Presbyterian churches there.

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

Jim and Jodi McGill

JIM MCGILL

Jim works with both the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) and the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN) in their clean water and sanitation programs. He works to ensure sustainability at the community and family levels and to make sure that the church is a strong presence in rural development. His wife Jodi works in the EERN clinic in Niamey, Niger.
You can find out more about their ministry on their profile page, which can be found here.

Bob and Kristi Rice

Bob and Kristi Rice

Bob and Kristi Rice have begun a new role working in South Sudan. Rev. Bob Rice serves as an instructor at Nile Theological College in Juba, teaching a broad range of courses in theology and Biblical studies. Kristi is working as economic development advisor with the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, helping to develop the economic and social capacity of the area communities. They are both very excited to be called to serve in South Sudan, a place where there is “so much potential for the impact and reach of the gospel.”

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

Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather

Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather with their family

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.

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.

Bob Rice, Mission Co-Worker (bob.rice@pcusa.org)

Kristi Rice, Mission Co-Worker (kristi.rice@pcusa.org)

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

Lynn Kandel, regional liaison lynn.kandel@pcusa.org

Sharon Kandel, regional liaison, 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.