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Goal:To foster among South Sudanese, especially the illiterate, a Biblical faith and lifestyle, good practices for healthy living, and hope for the future.
Completion of the "All Children Reading" project funded by USAID (01.10.2012-31.03.2015) Focus-Greater Yei and Kajo Keji (Central Equatoria), greater Rumbek (Lakes State), & Bor County (Jonglei S) Solar powered digital audio players (DAPs) were used as instructors in a mother tongue literacy course supplemented with literacy materials developed by SIL. More than 37,000 items (books, charts, players and flashcard) supplied to 402 learn-to-read groups using 2 mother-tongue languages – Bari and Dinka. Thus 281 government schools, 71 community learning groups and 51 learning groups in 17 nomadic cattle camps benefitted. Beneficiaries are mainly in Primary 1 to Primary 3 grade levels.
Holistic peace building & social development among cattle keepers (January 2012 to current) Uses DAPs loaded with peace building, trauma healing, and social development messages – such as HIV/AIDs awareness and girl child education. Listening groups formed, mainly in cattle camps in Terekeka (CES), Bor / Twic East / Duk / Pibor Greater Administrative Area (Jonglei State); IDP camps in Juba and Bor towns; and refugee camps in NW Uganda. Impact: reduction in: fighting, loss of life, and child abduction between adjacent cattle keeping tribes and clans. Also improved marriage relations between husbands and wives and greater respect for women. See video clip of impact https://www.danchurchaid.org/news/news/video-dca-spreadsmessages-of-peace-in-south-sudan 400 players are to be distributed to 400 listening groups by end of 2015 with over 20,000 beneficiaries hoped for in 2015. We are about 60% achieved.
Livelihoods, peace building, life skills and children's literacy in Tonj East, Warrap State (Feb-Dec 2015) (Extension of projects 1 and 2 above) Over 3000 children are now reached in 13 primary and 8 church schools, and 13 cattle camps. About 7000 people in cattle camps being reached with peace building, life skills and social development through 199 DAP listening groups in 13 camps of about 600 plus 41 local chiefs About 3000 people in 99 listening groups currently being supplied through 99 DAPs being distributed by 11 church leaders. More DAPs to follow – next tie with Christian content. 5 Agriculture groups were started in each of the 6 payams of Tonj East and supplied with one ox-plough each (30 in all), training and seeds to plant. One group has cultivated nearly 30 feddans (over 100 acres) and recorded 61 sacks of ground nuts harvested to date.
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
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).