LWCT’s vision statement says, “To be instrumental in transforming the community of Akot, into a Christ-centered, self-sustaining community that is spiritually, physically, and economically healthy”. We feel that much headway has been accomplished through primary education, women’s ministry, and pastor and church development. However, a cyclic food shortage plagues the newest nation of South Sudan every year. It is said that this year has been the worst in the history of southern Sudan, due to the current civil war.
Emergency food has been brought to Akot 4 times in the past year. LWCT and the people of Akot are extremely grateful to our partners who have generously provided the funds for this food, Baptist Global Response, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, North River Church, and many faithful individuals. “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Cor.9:12.
In an effort to promote self-sufficiency agri-business has been added as our 4th ministry focus for Akot Christian Ministries (our official name in South Sudan). Two young men, both named Isaac, attended Yei Agricultural Training Center and are managing Bread of Life Farm in Akot. Two other young men, John and Kuot, are receiving scholarships to study agriculture at the university level. Solar powered irrigation equipment will be installed after the current crops are harvested. Women will be taught new gardening techniques and hopefully will have access to drip irrigation systems for their home gardens. These efforts will make it possible for food to be grown in the dry season. Plans also are being made for long term storage of food. Food can be sold to provide a source of income, promoting the vision of self-sustainment for the community.
So much has been accomplished in Akot. However, none of it would be possible without the faithful generous support of God’s people in the US. I wish you could hear the overwhelming praise given to God for you and the prayers for blessings for you by our Dinka brothers and sisters.
A thiei Nhialic piir (“The blessing of God on our life”, in Dinka),
aka: Ann Rao, President