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.
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?
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
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.