Hundreds of people have been killed over the past few days in South Sudan. The short-lived peace deal based on a power sharing arrangement between the forces of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar broke down just as the world’s newest nation entered its fifth year of independence. Many people fear that this violence will trigger a return to all-out war.
As Canadian Baptists, we have been walking through these uncertain times with our brothers and sisters in Christ within the Faith Evangelical Baptist Churches (FEBAC).
Through the generous help of Canadian churches, friends and partners, CBM has been able to assist FEBAC in vital relief efforts in the areas of Malakal, Narus and Yaal. Together we have also been assisting in ministries among South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Kenya and are living in refugee camps.
FEBAC Relief distribution in South Sudan
In addition to providing emergency supplies and supplementary rations, CBM and FEBAC are providing peace building training that is bringing together members of the Dinka and Nuer communities. These are important steps in fostering peace and reconciliation.
Please join us in praying for and supporting the emergencey response of CBM and FEBAC. Currently one their churches in the village of Sherkat has received and is sheltering 1500 internally displaced people who have lost homes and loved ones from the July 7th fighting in Juba.
"The displaced persons had their homes ransacked, looted, destroyed, and burnt down during and after the fighting," shared Rev. Saphano. "The clashes involved tanks, helicopter gunships and heavy weapons... the people fear going back."
We pray that the FEBAC churches will continue to be places of refuge, healing and hope to their neighbours. You can learn more about Canadian Baptist Ministries work in South Sudan click here.