Church Discipleship and Training (98103)
The vision of this project is to see church leaders trained at the grassroots level so that they are able to lead and pastor churches, evangelize the unreached, and disciple new believers.
Due to the civil war, most church leaders in South Sudan have received no training and have very little comprehension of the Christian faith lived in the love and power of Christ. Thousands of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have returned to villages where churches are now being re-established. In order to aid church growth and maturity, this initiative was begun in 2008 among the Dinka Padang, Mabaan and Uduk people where other SIM projects were already established.Senior church leaders from all denominations participated in Needs Assessment Workshops where they determined what further training they need.
Phase one of this three-phase initiative includes a Bible teaching workshop and enabling local church leaders to understand the basic Christian message. This also includes baseline fact finding in an area where people have post traumatic stress, and where there are many challenges in recreating their lives with minimal outside input from Christians or even secular NGOs.
A missionary couple from Ethiopia, Abebe and Abebech, share and disciple the Sudanese living in and around Doro in Mabaan county. A number have been coming to faith both through preaching and they continue to be discipled. Abebe writes,
I am discipling 8 young church leaders. Three times a week, we are learning God’s word and praying together. Also, we are going out for evangelism as much as possible. On May 8, 2011, I preached in Doro church and 3 women believed in Christ. God has given us open doors to sharing the gospel with people. The people welcome us and hear the gospel.
Project Number: 98103 Current Funding Progress:
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