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).
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
At Across, we work to bring Christ centered transformation of South Sudan communities. We desire to see people with a hopeful plan for their own life, their families, their communities, and their country. We desire to see people with a greater understanding of Jesus and living out an imitation of His life here on earth. We desire to see people reaching out to the needs of others.
For 43 years Across has walked with the communities of South Sudan, both during times of war and times of peace, as they realize the God given potential of their land and their people. These years have been full of successes, but marred with the pain and struggle of a country torn apart by years of civil and tribal war. We remain strong in our resolve to walk with the broken hearted and proclaim a different way of life, one that is marked with the character of Christ. Peace, love, sufficiency, joy, hope, service, commitment and faithfulness.
Christ centered Transformation
Lifelong, sustainable transformation that affects every part of life – mental, physical, spiritual, and social. This not a new model for transformation! Jesus brought the model for transformation when He came to earth. As we walk alongside South Sudan communities, we seek transformation in these same 4 domains:
In Luke chapter 2 verse 52, Jesus grew from a child to a man in four different domains:
“He grew in wisdom (mental) and stature (physical) and in favor with God (spiritual) and
Extension of the arm of God to impact the:
Mental:Knowledge, insight, vision for the future.
Physical:Sufficient food, access to health care, proper sanitation/hygiene, and stable housing.
Spiritual:Continuously deepening relationship with God and imitation of His character
Social:Harmonious relationships serving each other