Synod Standing Committee Update refers to the recent 27th November 2020 meeting. It is published to inform the wider Uniting Church in SA community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from each meeting of the Committee.
South Sudan Crisis
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In September, UnitingWorld published an article stating, ‘South Sudan is in the grip of the worst humanitarian crisis in its history. Seven million people are at risk of starvation as drought, lock-downs from COVID-19 and increased violence choke food supplies.’
Unfortunately, following this article the people of Jonglei State, South Sudan experienced yet another blow. Heavy rains have caused rivers to overflow, flooding vast areas and settlements along the White Nile. Subsequently, families have had to flee their homes. This has left hundreds of thousands of people already susceptible to hunger and vulnerable to illnesses more displaced.
The Uniting Church Synod of South Australia received a direct appeal from Archbishop Dr Elijah Abuoi Arok in South Sudan. The Archbishop is well-known to many in South Australia. He attended Adelaide when the South Sudanese Congregation was officially made a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia in November last year. Ex-Moderator Rev Sue Ellis described Archbishop Dr Elijah Abuoi Arok as a ‘wonderful man.’ This was quite evident in his correspondence. He showed genuine care for his community and great appreciation for his connection with the Uniting Church Synod of South Australia. The Archbishop appealed for food, medicines, mosquito nets and other emergency services to support the people of Jonglei state during the crisis phase of this displacement emergency.
In his correspondence, the Archbishop included photos of those impacted by the floods. The images are confronting, depicting hardships encountered by those in Jonglei State. Fortunately, UnitingWorld is at the forefront of supporting those in South Sudan in need of aid through working with partners in the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan.
UnitingWorld remains focused on providing support with food, water and hygiene supplies for those impacted by the floods.
Whilst many Christians in the region are experiencing tremendous struggles, they remain resiliently faithful. Our South Sudanese partners honorably request prayers from those of the Uniting Church in Australia. Likewise, we seek aid through our connectedness in Christ. To kindly make a much-needed donation towards the UnitingWorld South Sudan Crisis Appeal, please click here.
The following links provide more information about the work of UnitingWorld in South Sudan:
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