Northern Suburbs Dinka Speaking Faith Community
Cnr of Womma & Woodford Rd, Elizabeth North
The Northern Suburbs Dinka Speaking Faith Community (NSDSFC) is led by Reverend Amel Manyon, the first South Sudanese person to be trained and ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia. Passionate about Australia, Amel enables South Sudanese Dinka (including those from refugee backgrounds) to find a place of support, hope and worship. Worship is expressed in a mix of Dinka (Bor), with some Juba Arabic (a language of wider communication – LWC - in the South Sudanese region) and English is used to encourage the faith formation of the many second generation South Sudanese – Australians who are born and growing up in Australia.
The past two decades has seen the arrival of South Sudanese refugees, with many moving to more affordable northern suburbs including Elizabeth, Playford and Andrews Farm. Christian faith has been a big part of the journey of survival for many and stories of profound faith continue to inspire respect and draw the admiration of others. This faith community serves the growing South Sudanese Dinka population in the outer northern suburbs from their new premises at St Stephens Uniting Church, (Elizabeth North), with a range of ministry and worship programs and services.
The multicultural identity of the Uniting Church in South Australia and the rest of the nation is being shaped and blessed through the ministry of our South Sudanese brothers and sisters. They are an example of the richness of worship, ministry and cultural diversity that our church is strengthened by, as our identity expands and grows to include all those God has sent to minister amongst us.
Please pray for this growing ministry and see link buttons below if you are interested in giving to support the refurbishment of the St Stephens site and to meet the ongoing ministry and worship needs of the community.
To hear some bible readings in Dinka Bor or to find out more about the languages and peoples of the South Sudan (particularly the Dinka peoples and their dialects), please explore the links below: