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.
Integrated Response Program is being implemented in two refugee camps of (Lasu, Gorom) and urban refugees in Juba town with integrated program interventions. The intervention sectors are education, health and HIV, livelihood, WASH, community services and protection to support the refugees achieve self-reliance. The refugees in the two camps of Gorom and Lasu are from Ethiopia (from Gambella) and from Congo respectively. The urban refugees are drawn from other different countries.
Construction of schools for the refugee community so that children get access to education. Currently there are three primary and one secondary school constructed and providing services to 3,242 students in primary schools including pre-school and 364 students in secondary schools.
There are also pre-schools and adult literacy where teachers are assigned
Recruitment, training and deployment of teachers, so far 105 teachers (25 female) were recruited, trained and deployed to serve in those schools. Among the teachers 81 are from refugees and 24 teachers are from host community.
Provision of accommodations for teachers serving the refugee community
Provision of scholastic materials and school uniforms to children from refugee community. in addition, in some cases, to school fees are covered in private schools
Establishments of PTA (Parent and Teachers Association) and training of the same. Accordingly, there are 40 PTA members running the schools management
Assisting students post primary institutions
Conducting awareness campaigns for girl child education
Constructing children friendly spaces for playing games and provision of playing equipment and materials
Supporting examination fees for candidates of primary and secondary senior candidates
Engaging students in different social clubs and supporting the same
The Specific objectives are:
Population has optimal access to education
Health status of the population improved
Nutritional wellbeing improved
Risk of GBV (Gender Based Violence) are reduced and quality of response improved
Protection of children strengthened
Community mobilization strengthened and expanded
Supply of potable water increased or obtained
Population lives in satisfactory conditions of sanitation and hygiene
Population has sufficient basic domestic and hygiene items
Services for groups with specific needs strengthened