The American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, founded in 2005, is a network of individuals, churches, dioceses, and other organizations that seeks to focus attention on the needs and priorities of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) and enable American friends to assist the ECS in meeting the needs of the Sudanese people.
AFRECS works to advance peace and stability in Sudan, seeking to amplify the voices of Sudanese Christians and, through prayer, to catch the movement of the Holy Spirit in the churches in both of our countries.
AFRECS works to enhance communication and synergy among Episcopal dioceses, parishes, and other organizations working in relationship with dioceses in Sudan or seeking to do so. AFRECS also promotes and facilitates the development of new relationships between U.S. and Sudanese partners.
AFRECS advocates for public and private assistance to Sudan and, beginning in 2009, will advocate for peace in Sudan through intensified efforts to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005.
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In the church:
Thanks for a Chance to Serve: A Message from AFRECS Executive Director Richard Parkins
Often in our thanksgiving litany, we mention a host of gifts for which we are thankful but often overlook the gift of service and the lessons learned from those whom we serve. For many members and friends of AFRECS, it is right to give thanks for the opportunity to share friendship and partnerships with our Sudanese friends, especially those of the Episcopal Church of Sudan.
contemplate the many years of engagement with Sudanese
friends, I feel grateful to have friends whose faith is so
steadfast and vibrant. I recall an early encounter with a
few thousand Sudanese refugees in the Kakuma camp in
northern Kenya where I was privileged to experience such
incredibly spirit filled worship. I also remember during
that same experience the incessant praying of my Sudanese
hosts and am grateful to have encountered lives where prayer
was an integral part of the daily routine. I am grateful to
have known people whose faith was so triumphant when
adversity was so prevalent and who sustained their lives
with constant prayer. To have been exposed to such a witness
of faithfulness has been a gift that continues to enrich.
I believe that
many join me in giving thanks for the chance to work on
behalf of our Sudanese friends because our various
expressions of service have deepened our own faith. The
privileged of service is indeed something for which we might
give heartfelt thanks as we recite our litany of thanks this
ECS Diocesan Newsletter
The Diocese of Wau has just published the December edition of its quarterly newsletter, which is full of interesting news and encouragement.
ECS Provincial Meeting
The Provincial Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church of Sudan met last week in Bor. The standing committee, which consists of the Houses of Laity, Clergy, and Bishops, issued a report that changes the name of the province to the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS); deplores conflicts, unrest, and crises in the two countries and applauds aid and progress; and reiterates the stance of the province on same-sex relationships, urging the archbishop to sign the Anglican Communion Covenant.
Appeal from the Diocese of EZO
Kindly see a request from Bishop John Zawo of the Diocese of EZO (below). If any of our readers can respond to his appeal, kindly indicate your interest directly to Bishop Zawo using his email address Kjohnzawo@gmail,com or his mobile +211 918 504 217. Hopefully, some in our network can offer assistance in support of the needs noted by Bishop Zawo. If responding, kindly indicate to AFRECS that a response has been made.
Writing to a number of Christian individuals and entities, Bishop John says he is "wondering whether we can set up some kind of link between our Diocese office with your good offices to allow your office source information for us concerning reliable non governmental organizations ready to supply us with the hereafter mentioned used items for a Christian fee, to help our work in South Sudan.
"USED BICYCLES, USED HOSPITAL EQUIPMENTS, USED SPORTS EQUIPMENTS, USED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, USED OFFICE ELECTRONICS, USED CLOTHES FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, USED FOOTWEAR AND OTHER ITEMS THAT CAN BE OF USE TO THE COMMUNITIES OF A NEW BABY BORN COUNTRY LIKE SOUTH SUDAN.
"I will be grateful if you could tell me if you think this is a possibility, and if you have any ideas as to how it might work."
In politics -- the two Sudans:
The UN Security Council has voted to renew the mandate of UNISFA, the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, leaving UN peacekeepers in the Abyei area through May of 2014. The UN News Centre and Voice of America offer takes on the decision.
Meanwhile, delegations from Sudan and South Sudan have been meeting to discuss security arrangements for the Abyei area, but they disagree on acceptance of the African Union's proposed zero line from which to demarcate a demilitarized zone.
Returnees Still Stranded
The IOM (International Organisation for Migration) says some 19,000 people of South Sudanese origin are still stranded in Sudan and suffering, unable to return to South Sudan. The organization is asking for $10.5 million to assist this vulnerable population.
Sudan Sending Flood Aid to South Sudan
A shipment of two thousand tons of corn, out of five thousand promised, is on its way from Sudan to South Sudan to provide relief to victims of recent flooding.
In politics -- Sudan:
Sudan: War in the East?
A report from the International Crisis Group suggests that conditions in eastern Sudan may easily lead to war with the government; however, the government of Sudan denies the validity of the International Crisis Group's report.
A Show of Force
Thousands of Sudanese security troops marched through the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman this week to send a message to would-be rebel groups and coalitions of opposition parties.
In politics -- South Sudan:
Special Envoy's Travel
Ambassador Donald Booth, the US Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, is traveling to Juba today to attend the South Sudan Investment Conference. The State Department's press release says that "he will also meet with senior leadership from the Government of South Sudan and members of civil society in order to discuss issues including economic development, peace and security, human rights and good governance." The Sudan Tribune has more.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation has a new analysis of the situation in Jonglei. It is available for free download.
South Sudan's First Oil Refinery
The Bentiu oil refinery, with which Russia is helping, is slated to begin construction before the end of this year.
PRAY: Pray for peace in and between Sudan and South Sudan. Pray for the leaders and people of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.
GIVE: As you wrap up your charitable giving for 2013, remember that 100 percent of any donations to AFRECS go to carefully vetted projects in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan.