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Christian publishing for South Sudan

“South Sudan is unlike any country you have visited in Africa,” Bishop Joseph Garang Atem told me, citing the country's widespread poverty and human need. Twenty-one years of civil war devastated the economy and infrastructure in the world’s newest nation of 10.6 million people.

Bishop Joseph serves in the conflicted city of Renk near the border with Sudan. Renk is filled with displaced persons fleeing the north. Bishop Joseph and his team are heavily involved in relief projects to provide food and medicines for the refugees, and to share God’s Word with them.

Even as he responds to immediate needs, Bishop Joseph is eying the future and a stronger South Sudan. Specifically, he wants to strengthen the nation’s church, schools and society by launching a Christian publishing program. Toward that end, Bishop Joseph and the Episcopal Church of Sudan have invited MAI to provide training to equip national writers and launch a Christian publishing organization.

With God’s help, this training program will result in a Christian publishing organization and a cadre of 15 to 20 emerging authors to write for it. Most important, new locally authored materials will minister to the hearts and minds of men, women and children in South Sudan. 

Please pray for the first training workshop, April 22 to 28, and trainers Barine Kirimi and Lawrence Darmani. Also, please pray for needed funding for the three-year program.

You can make a difference for Christ in the world's newest nation by partnering with MAI in this pioneering effort.

>>Watch this short-video clip. Learn more about vision for training writers in South Sudan.

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