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Sudan

 

Sudan is a large and diverse country.
It is the largest country in Africa and is characterised historically by the arabised and predominantly Muslim north and the predominantly Christian and animist south.

Both St John’s and St Thomas’ have for many years maintained an interest in and supported Christian work in the country through the Salisbury Sudan Link.

This is organised by the Salisbury Diocese and is one of the key sources of support for the Episcopal Church in Sudan. The main focus is on theological training, provision of medical equipment and medicines and support for the dioceses, many operating on a shoestring.

The Bradford Deanery, of which we are a part, has a link with the diocese of Kadugli headed by Bishop Andudu. In recent years St Thomas’s has been developing links with the work of Flame International in Sudan.

Firstly through Richard and Rosalind Meryon who are members of Holy Trinity, Combe Down. Rosalind has spoken at St Thomas’s on two occasions about her visit to Rumbek and her link with Bishop Alapayo. And in 2009 Andrew Sharland was part of a Flame team to Kajo-Keji under Bishop Anthony. It was a special time for him being back in Sudan for the first time since his missionary parents left in 1958. Jan Ransom who led the team and who heads Flame International spoke at our morning service during the Sudan focus in 2010. Flame International is a Christian ministry with a passion to reach out with God’s love to broken and hurting people, particularly those in the poorest countries of the world, and to see nations healed and walking in forgiveness and reconciliation. The organisation runs conferences on healing and reconciliation, workshops on freedom from trauma and training for pastors and leaders, so that they may take the teaching to their own communities.

Recent missions to Sudan have been to Rumbek, Malakal, Lainya, Kajo-Keji and the Nuba Mountains. They also run training days and hold prayer days in the UK. More details about the organisation can be found on their website at www.flameinternational.org. Members of the congregation also support other organisations who are actively involved in Sudan. These include the Church Mission Society whose website is www.cms-uk.org and the Sudan Church Association whose website is? www.sca.ismysite.co.uk Sudan suffered 21 years of civil war until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005.

The peace is fragile with targeted attacks on villages in parts of the south and tribal disputes exacerbated through the supply of arms. The agreement expires in 2011 when a referendum on the future of the south, either as part of a united Sudan or as an independent state, is due to take place. Our support through giving and prayer is vital and a great encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Sudan.