LMPC works directly with national church leaders in Juba and in Torit, connected with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. World Missions Committee member Jim Sutherland, along with others from our ministry partner Reconciliation Ministries Network (RMNI), visited the region in April. RMNI has been working in South Sudan for 10 years. Below are a few highlights from an update from their trip:
- LMPC and Juba partners sponsor a one-year Certificate in Christian Ministry program using Third Millennium seminary curriculum. Currently there are 10-12 students and a few taking it independently via flash drive.
- LMPC is funding an M.A. in Theology for Juba ministers studying at Westminster Seminary, Kampala. They already lead the certificate program, and plan to be the faculty for the new Grace Theological College in Juba.
- At the Jebel refugee camp in Juba, LMPC has provided 250 complete Bibles and 1200 New Testaments, and is funding another 2,000 complete Bibles and 5,000 New Testaments in 2016. Audio Bibles in the Nuer language will also be distributed.
- LMPC funds a secondary school at the camp. 110 students just graduated and sat for university entrance exams, who would not have otherwise had the opportunity. Currently 175 students are enrolled.
Other activities we have been involved with since 2009 in South Sudan include the purchase and delivery of an interlocking block machine (which uses dirt and very little cement), and sponsoring the work of Children in Christ children’s clubs in the Torit area over the past several years.
The total support we have given toward our partners in this region in 2016 amounts to $48,878.
Anyone at LMPC is invited to join the next trip to South Sudan, tentatively scheduled for April 14-29, 2017. If you are interested, please contact Jim at 423-330-3182 and visit rmni.org for more information.