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Goal: To make the people in South Sudan aware of their possibilities to improve their health status, reduce the spread of HIV, decrease the impact of HIV and AIDS in the communities and equip them to support people infected with HIV and affected families. HIV & AIDS and Natural Medicines
Locations: Adol, Rumbek East County
40 Home Based Care volunteers set up and running
Many people visiting VCT centers to check their HIV status following community outreach
2 staff trained in Nairobi on natural medicine improved knowledge on use and production of natural medicine
Meetings ongoing with HBC volunteers, VHCs, pastors, TBAs Challenges
Insecurity: revenge killings in Pacong, Malengagook, Mathiang and Cuei hindering outreach mobile VCT
Lack of funds
Lack of programme motorbike to run field activities and visits
Our resolve is to walk with the broken hearted and proclaim freedom - a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61).
Across' commitment is to see spiritual, social, mental and physical transformation in the lives of individuals and communities. We understand spiritual transformation as a unique motivation and sustaining force for change in the other areas. It is a prerequisite to all mental, physical and socio-economic transformation.
Our Ministry Approach
Working with the church is vital for achieving our mission. We believe that the church – as God’s agent – is the most appropriate actor to address the brokenness of the world. Our strong relationship with the church is critical because the local church has invaluable knowledge and understanding of the Sudanese context. The church is made up of the people who are in need as well as those who are offering help. Across, too, is made up of people who belong to the Church. Neither partner is utilized or perceived as a means, but we both are relevant agents of transformation based on our complementary strengths.
Central in our approach is the community mobilization process, in which Across facilitates Bible studies, envisioning resource mobilization and practical development responses at a community level. This process impacts individuals and communities in a way that confronts an attitude of dependency on external parties and integrates Kingdom values into the development response (Christ-centeredness). Responses to people’s circumstances are not limited to a few sectors, such as education, health, or livelihood. The community envisioning and mobilisation process allows for a wide range of responses in many sectors.
Thus discipleship becomes the focus of Across’ ministry: not only in a narrow sense of bringing people to Christ, but rather in a comprehensive, holistic understanding of teaching obedience to biblical principles in every sector of (public) life. The avenues for this are:
Empowering Church congregations and Church leadership with a biblical worldview, vision, knowledge and holistic development skills
Programs that nurture appropriate technical knowledge and skills in the communities in many sectors
Reaching out to society at large with practical socio-economic messages from a Christian perspective, and
Responding to refugees and displaced people groups in need (Integrated Response).
With seedlings, advice, and commitment, John Makur's abundant garden teaches his community that there is more to agriculture than raising cattle.
"The land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us"
With the presence of relief after conflicts and poverty, many Sudanese depend on food relief agencies for daily bread. Across’s Peace Economy Program equips farmers to move their communities away from such dependence. The program trains people to be stewards of the environment through training, farmer networks, and demonstration farms, creating awareness of food management. Microfinance provides a means of transition and income for farmers and communities.