What We Do
Prior to 2003 the South Sudan village of Akot was extremely impoverished, with little hope of ever improving. Education for children, healthcare and employment opportunities were non-existent. Villagers depended on traditional religious rituals to appease the demons, which they believed caused all suffering. Women had no sense of community. There was very little knowledge of personal health and hygiene. Each day the women carried water long distances because of wells with broken pumps. Most of the men did little more than tend cattle. These difficult circumstances were aggravated by the civil war between the Muslim north and southern Sudan. When crops were planted they were destined to be ravaged or burned by soldiers.
Since 2003, improvements in village life have been remarkable. Invited byIMB missionaries, a group of American Christian volunteers began short term missions work in Akot. These primarily medical teams provided bush clinics and evangelism. As the teams continued to visit, they saw the need for many other things such as primary education for the children, community healthcare and hygiene, and discipleship. The IMB missionary had started a pastoral training course. A primary school with only a few students was started. Also, a group of 20 local women were brought together to learn Bible stories and hygiene lessons.
With the departure of the IMB missionaries, the Christian volunteers decided to continue the ministries as the Friends of Sudan. This group was soon organized into a non-profit corporation named Living Water Community Transformation, Inc. It operates in South Sudan as Akot Christian Ministries (ACM).