S. Sudan fighting continues in the far north of this nation. It has not subsided with international pressure as quickly as I expected or hoped. We're monitoring the situation closely. I wrote an analysis of the underlying problems last month. Events since that article, particularly a murderous attack upon scores of Anglican church women in Bor by the Nuer "White Army" supports that reading of events. I cannot believe that this and other attacks upon Anglican and Evangelical churches in Jonglei and Unity and Upper Nile (extreme north of S. Sudan) were not religiously, as well as tribally, motivated.
We still plan a ministry trip to the Torit (extreme S. Sudan, in Eastern Equatoria State) area July 12-26, 2014. There has been no violence there so far, and we trust it will stay that way. If necessary, we'll postpone the trip, but we're not postponing at this time. Here is more information.
Another excellent overseas ministry is a trip to the Chennai area of southeast India, August 16-28, 2014. Two couples are already on the team, and we welcome applications of teachers of men, women, youth and children. We've developed strong ties of friendship and trust with our Indian ministry partners. To date, two conferences are scheduled, back to back. Check the trip overview.
Since we've led seven teams to Uganda, and since this is our base of operations for S. Sudan (near Kampala, Uganda), we maintain our ministry ties with Ugandan co-workers. A multitude of diverse opportunities for ministry exist. This trip is planned for July 12-26, 2014, coinciding with the S. Sudan trip. Ministry opportunities are built around your gifting and skills. Just about any kind of Christian ministry is possible in Uganda. Our longtime ministry co-workers there can quickly and efficiently arrange opportunities.
The cost for all three trips is $2,300, plus overseas airfare, visa, outfitting and immunizations. Let us know of your interest!
Yes, we still plan to travel to S. Sudan when peace again comes, and we are hopeful that this will be well in advance of July 2014. These are times when the persence of the global Body of Christ is most meaningful, and people most open to trying to make sense of a broken world. God has given us the truths by which to understand and even to transform life in trying times.
Our eighth ministry trip to South Sudan is scheduled for July 12-26, 2014. We have longstanding relationships with S. Sudanese friends since at least 2006, and partner with the Presbyterian Church of S. Sudan, as well as other churches. Builders, medical personnel, evangelists, those with gifts of helps/service and Bible teachers for men and women and various age groups are welcome. The vast majority of short-term trips are to areas easier and less costly to access than South Sudan. A leader in Juba asked me in February 2013 why no missionaries have come to the Presbyterian Church in S. Sudan. I laughed. The last time I checked, the highest missionary-to-population ratio was in the Caribbean (it is now Oceania). RMNI's focus is upon areas under-served by the global church, and S. Sudan is such a nation. Why not serve where few go? As of mid-January, there was no reported violence in Eastern Equatoria state, which is our base.
If you think that short-term trips waste money, check this article: When Helping Helps. There are times when short-term workers are even more preferred by a national church than long-term missionaries, although we advocate long-term missionary work. Do contact us if you're interested in going to serve, and possibly to assess the situation on the ground.