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South Sudan Harvest Worker (98400)

Sudan has been an important SIM field since the 1930s when missionaries from Ethiopia entered Sudan and opened work among the Uduk, Mabaan and Dinka people. Fledgling churches were planted among each of these people groups. In the 1950s, civil wars plagued the south of Sudan leaving a heavy legacy of war. The expulsion of missionaries in the 1960s meant that until 2005, SIM served only in the north.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 enabled SIM to make a strategic decision to reopen ministry in the south: a visionary initiative called Rebuilding Southern Sudan was born. In addition to missionaries from traditional sending countries, missionaries from other African and Asian countries joined our work in south Sudan. SIM Sudan has thus become a leader in welcoming missionaries from diverse backgrounds to work together in the Great Commission.

It has been deeply encouraging to watch Nigerian, Ethiopian, Indian and Kenyan missionaries serve in South Sudan. They carry great strength and credibility in the areas of evangelism, church planting and discipleship. Working primarily with the Basic Education Learning Centers, their passion for the lost and their capacity to do "Kingdom business" has been remarkably demonstrated.

In bringing these missionaries into South Sudan, SIM was careful to ensure that core funding was provided by each missionary's sending country. This policy has been carefully maintained. SIM has discovered, however, that many additional costs are heavy for them to bear. (For instance, the cost of chartering aircraft into and out of South Sudan is very high.) Keeping these valuable workers means providing adequate infrastructure to sustain them. To that end, SIM has made items such air travel, basic housing (tent), and medical expenses while on the field as part of the South Sudan Harvest Worker project.

SIM's South Sudan team is poised to shift from primarily relief and recovery into strengthening and maturing the church as the source of lasting change. As the goals of SIM Sudan evolve into spheres of church empowerment, we observe that these are natural strengths for our missionaries from the Kale Heywot Church in Ethiopia, the church in North East India, and the ECWA Church in Nigeria.

If you would like to help sponsor a missionary worker from an African or Asian nation serving with SIM Sudan, then we would love to hear from you today! Please contact your nearest SIM office or give online to project 98400. Thank you and God bless!

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Here are a few inspiring stories about the faith and sacrifice of our African and Asian colleagues serving in South Sudan.

  • Yacob was among the first missionaries sent by the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church into the Sudan. He became Ethiopia‚Äôs first foreign missionary to die on foreign soil: Yacob Aga Dies in Sudan, Church Ignited in Ethiopia
  • A band of Shilluk tribesmen attacked a SIM base on Christmas Eve 2009. Two Ethiopian families and one Nigerian family miraculously survived: Attack on Atar
  • Hiake and Rangtei from northeast India (see photo banner above) served at the Secondary School in Yabus, now pummeled with bombs. Despite the risks, Hiake is retrieving items from the property and helping to relocate the school to a safer part of South Sudan: Updates on the Secondary School



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