Grace News is Anglican Aid’s quarterly Newsletter, through which we share encouragement and updates from our project partners. Below our feature story about South Sudan, you will find the latest information from our work in Tonga, The Philippines, Brazil and more.
Tim Swan’s Trip to South Sudan
Anglican Aid prides itself in not only supporting important development projects across the globe and spreading the grace of God, but also in developing strong and genuine relationships with our partners.
Unfortunately, due to the circumstances of the Covid pandemic, we have not been able to visit our partners and projects for quite some time. Towards the end of 2021 Anglican Aid’s CEO, Tim Swan, was able to travel to South Sudan to visit our partners and experience, first hand, the difficulties they face.
While this trip was ultimately cut short by the incoming wave of Omicron, it was still a great blessing to be able to see the work that the church is doing in South Sudan. Below is a letter written by Tim Swan, about his trip to South Sudan.
When I visited South Sudan in late 2021, I was struck by the enormous difficulties our brothers and sisters in Christ are experiencing there. Years of conflict and instability since independence have left the country with an unstable economy, damaged infrastructure and limited health and education services. The UN estimates that almost 80% of the population are living in extreme poverty.
I was surprised when I visited a rural diocesan school and asked the staff about the school’s greatest need. They answered;
“The donkey is tired.”
With no other access to clean water, the school’s donkey spent all day carrying water from the river. Many of the diocesan schools and Bible colleges need improved infrastructure.
We have five million Anglican brothers and sisters in South Sudan. As I met with local bishops in the country, we talked about the need to train 10,000 pastors over the next 10 years. Anglican Aid will help by supporting five regional and fifteen local colleges. The bishops want to see the gospel proclaimed and Bible taught in every village in the country.
We are in the early stages of growing our partnership with the Christians in South Sudan. We would love you to support us in this work and will keep you updated as new projects get underway.
You can read more about the projects that we currently support in South Sudan, here.
I hope this news about Anglican Aid’s work around the world encourages your soul.
Let Grace Flow,
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