He has risen!

Dear Friends of South Sudan, As Christians we are all busy preparing for the celebration that bears the most significance to faith, the resurrection of our Lord. Easter is celebrated in South Sudan as well. Schools and businesses are closed for more than a week, beginning on Good Friday. Believers everywhere remember the suffering and…

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Victims of Violence

Dear Swift Messengers,”Go swift messengers, to a people tall and smooth-skinned, to a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers” Isaiah 18:2. Since mid-December, the worlds newest nation, South Sudan, is experiencing a tremendous increase in violence against civilians. A military attempt to over throw…

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Baptist Global Response

At the age of 21, Josephina was destitute. She was the oldest of six orphaned children and married to a drunkard named Moses, a man who rarely came home to their little house in Akot, South Sudan. But when he did, he beat her. She had a toddler to take care of and another child…

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How does the war affect our ministry?

This is a question that we are asked frequently. Although there has been no military battle fought in Akot, we are experiencing many setbacks as a result of the political crisis. The two sides that are warring for political control are lead by men from two different tribes. Tension, that has always existed between the…

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Christians Celebrate While War Rages in South Sudan

A week before Christmas an attempted political coup incited tribal violence between the largest tribe, the Dinka, and the Nuer. The Nuer are the second largest tribe, but are much less in number than the Dinka. Earlier this year President Salva Kiir, who is from the Dinka tribe, sacked his Vice President, Dr Riek Machar,…

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Thanksgiving Everyday

We are so truly blessed in this country. We have many many things to thank God for everyday. It is good that we set aside a day to reflect on the goodness of God. However, I am afraid most of us take much for granted. In most parts of the world life is much more…

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“Not” Lost Boys of South Sudan

Much has been written about the “Lost Boys of South Sudan”. The stories of hundreds of young boys, who survived the atrocities of a longstanding war and immigrated to the US, are indeed incredible. However, not much is known about the few boys who did not flee to¬†refugee camps in neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya. For…

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God’s Peace in the South Sudan

God’s Peace Peace has come to South Sudan with the end of the civil war. However, true lasting peace comes only through knowing The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.¬† Living Water Community Transformation has made a noticeable difference in the lives of the people of Akot, through our ministries of Pastor and Church Development, Christian…

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Supplications of Sudan: Transforming Lives in Akot

Transforming Lives in Akot An all star team of 7 (Raymond Lyrene, MD; Ann Rao, RN; Cathy Mims, RN; Becky Thomas, RN; Dr Theresa Rogers; Sherry Pryde, RN; and Gracia Sugantharaj) returned last week exhausted, but rejoicing over a victorious week of serving in Akot, South Sudan. Despite extreme heat and the delay of arrival…

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