Tag: South Sudan

Can peace come to South Sudan?

We go inside what is happening in the troubled country of South Sudan. Through the eyes of Achol Majok Sur a South Sudanese woman who attended a recent Presbyterian Church U.S.A. conference with people from 15 other countries who discussed peace. Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Video overview of peacemaking program visits by International Peacemakers https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/international-peacemakers/

 

More than a year after a peace agreement was signed to end South Sudan’s crippling civil war, the levels of violence are escalating and humanitarian conditions in the country continue to deteriorate. The United Nations humanitarian affairs agency OCHA reported in mid-2016 that civilians continued to be killed and subjected to egregious human rights violations. Violent attacks on humanitarian workers and health care workers in general are also on the increase. Hostility levels are high and tension in the country continues to grow as confidence ebbs that a meaningful peace can be found. As a direct result of the war, millions of people are at-risk of starvation.

Here is the story from someone living inside South Sudan. Achol shares about starvation and the struggle for survival and the hope she finds in knowing that we are all members of Christ’s body the Church.  I Corinthians 12:12-26 Click on the audio button …

Pittsburgh Presbytery’s International Partnership Ministry Team heard a stirring report from the Rev. Jim Leuenberger recently on the conditions faced by our sisters and brothers in South Sudan.

As the crisis in South Sudan continues to spiral out of control, the country is in urgent need of assistance, both political and humanitarian. The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently reported that the youngest country in the world has 7.6 million people in need of aid. Only two-thirds of the funding request for aid has been received. There are currently 4 million displaced people with two million having fled to neighboring countries.

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Support Peace Efforts in South Sudan

As the crisis in South Sudan continues to spiral out of control, the country is in urgent need of assistance – both political and humanitarian. The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) recently reported that the world’s youngest country has 7.6 million people in need of aid.

Thanks to the Rev. Jim Leuenberger of McKeesport Presbyterian Church for arranging the interview with Alchol.

Passages Lite is an edited on-line version of interviews with people of hope and faith that will be prepared for an expanded radio use heard on over 200+ stations each weekend.

Host for this special peacemaking version of Passages is Pam Merry an elder/church member at Crestview Community Church PCUSA in Callery, PA.

Executive Producer is the Rev. Dennis C. Benson and Associate Producers are Gregg Hartung and Bill Wolfe. It is a gift from your Presbyterian and United Methodist friends.

It is a production of the Presbyterian Media Mission.

Our prayers are with our friends from South Sudan and the other 15 International Peacemakers from around the world!


Prayers Are Needed – Sudan/South Sudan

This past Tuesday I had the privilege to be part of the Sudan/South Sudan Mission Partnership Network gathering and much of the conversations was about the human tragedy going on in the two countries.

Sudan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudan

South Sudan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Sudan

What is happening is dreadful: rape, torture, assault, mutilation, looting, people starving to death, the destruction of homes, and other war crimes is almost everywhere. The United Nations Human Rights Watch is calling this an ethnic-cleansing campaign by the government. Yet the average American hears or reads very little about this tragedy that is going on there.

Why is South Sudan Confronting Genocide?

https://www.ushmm.org/confront-genocide/cases/south-sudan?gclid=CjwKCAjw5PDLBRB0EiwAh-27MlD12yGPj3CGVlqNNFs_UB95XDyoBsktZQrDifpzM03eE76h5wVx6BoCtfkQAvD_BwE

While most of the world are by-standers watching and hearing shocking stories of what is going on, Presbyterians are doing their best to respond by working together through World Mission, Presbyterian Disaster Relief, Mission Engagement, and the Sudan/South Sudan Mission Partnership Network, and other International Relief Agencies in the region helping people of all ages in dealing with trauma, humanitarian needs in providing food and water, and finding ways to educate about peace, where there never has been a lasting peace for the people who live there in recent years.

The Synod of the Trinity had me cover the netowrk conversations because of Redstone, Shenango, and Pittsburgh Presbyteries who received $12,000 collectively In recognition of our region’s continuing participation in world mission. The three presbyteries applied for global mission grant monies from the synod to be used within their being partners with Christian friends in the Sudan/South Sudan region. These funds are being used for humanitarian and disaster relief with the unfolding crisis each day. All three presbyteries thanked the synod for this grant supporting a humanitarian response to sisters and brothers in great need.

Debbue Braaksama from World Mission of the PC(USA) announced there will be a new campaign beginning this up-coming month by the PC(USA) “Give Hope To South Sudan” that asks for prayer, for action, and to give in support of humanitarian efforts to help people there. Go to https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/give-hope-south-sudan/

“In 2015, the world’s youngest nation fought itself, inflicting great human suffering and displacing many people.  My country has never been the same economically, socially, or politically.   However, hope remains for people who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, for all things work for good as Paul wrote in his epistle to Romans.  It takes faith and hope to live here.:

Angelo Wello Agwa

A story from a former Peacemaker who worked in Sudan for Peace on Passages …

Listen to Bill Lowrey’s audio on Sudan attempt at peace

Genocide Warning: Sudan – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

You have outside in this exhibit that was so brilliantly prepared by the Holocaust Museum staff, 12 pictures. Those pictures tell you more than thousands of words can tell you. I hope all of you if you’ve not already seen them will look at them and look at the brochure.