Founded in 1972 by four mission societies (AIM, SUM, SIM, and MAF), ACROSS has gone through a number of transitions in response to the changing conditions in South Sudan and partners outside Sudan. This continuous service for 47 years has given us a wonderful heritage in the nation.
Over the years, ACROSS has been known by several variations of the name. First as an association, then an acronym; and today we are known simply as ACROSS.
ACROSS has always been a place where people from around the world have come to serve God and grow in their personal and professional development. ACROSS has been the platform where many South Sudanese have become mature Christian professionals, often going on to hold major responsibilities and strategic positions in the South Sudan government, Church and society at large.
ACROSS has become a special and valuable partner to the Church in South Sudan over the decades of collaboration, including the years of wartime. The vision of ACROSS is to see the local church become a resource and a vibrant center for hope, help and healing in the communities we serve.
The dynamics in South Sudan affect the nature and style of ACROSS’s work. As a local organization, we stay in place when others have had to leave. Beyond security issues, refugee issues, and political movements, the presence of international relief agencies has made some people hopeless and others dependent—dampening some people’s imagination for change. Over the years, from times or war to the peace agreement in 2005, then to the independence of the Republic of South Sudan and the signing of subsequent peace agreements following civil clashes- ACROSS has had to respond to new realities both helpful and challenging.
Today, ACROSS is an interdenominational, international, Christian organization focused on holistic, Christ-centred transformation of South Sudan and beyond. We work to build communities, improve education, strengthen churches, improve livelihoods, and teach about human dignity. Working with South Sudanese communities in a dialogue of equals, ACROSS seeks biblical transformation in all sectors. Churches, schools, gardens, and health centers alike work with ACROSS to aid in the mutually envisioned development. Through training programs and local resources, ACROSS works to understand and engage root causes of problems from the perspective of those affected. A holistic approach, one for the whole person and whole community, is necessary for creating meaningful relationships and authentic change.