AFRECS: American
            Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan

PO Box 12026
3737 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA 22304

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Pray for
                              Sudan.


PRAY — For your ministry and ours, for South Sudan, Sudan and the World.

  Teach
                              others about Sudan.


TEACH — others about South Sudan and Sudan, their importance and challenges.

Partner
                              with others to aid Sudan.


PARTNER — Work with others in your parish, online, and in South Sudan and Sudan.

  Urge
                              others to help Sudan.


URGE — how to advocate for a U.S. policy supporting peace and stability in South Sudan and Sudan

Give what
                              you've been given.


GIVE — What you can in terms of time, talent, and treasure.

  Learn
                              about Sudan.


LEARN — Learn about South Sudan and Sudan and the role of the Episcopal Church.

The American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans, 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 South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS) and enable American friends to assist the ECSSS in meeting the needs of the Sudanese people.

AFRECS works to advance peace and stability in South Sudan and Sudan, seeking to amplify the voices of Sudanese Christians and, through prayer, to catch the movement of the Holy Spirit in the churches in 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 South Sudanese and Sudanese partners.

For more information, click here to contact us.

Become a member or make a donation to support the ECS online today!

 

 

 

Read our latest E-Blast for details on these and many other items.

WE SHALL OVERCOME
from Executive Director, Richard Parkins: 
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Friends,
 
The conflict continues and expands as more areas of South Sudan become centers of violence and warfare.  What is most troubling is the growing despair which not only the people of South Sudan experience but the desperation being expressed by those outside the country that a culture of revenge has become the new impenetrable normal. 
 
Friends, that is not the case.  While feeling revenge pervades South Sudanese society, to succumb to the belief that nothing can be done to stop its spread is to abandon our belief as Christians that with God all things are possible, even the realization of peace for South Sudan. 
 
We do know of places in the world where years of animosity between groups that held each other in contempt have come to terms with their seemingly unbridled anger and made peace.  Sometimes that peace is fragile and needs continuing nourishment but it is a new chapter in the history of a place where destruction was overwhelming.
 
I am once again reminded of Rwanda where that horrific genocide has not had the final word and that a seemingly stable country living in peace has emerged.  I recall my first visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone where amputation was being widely practiced as roving bands of thugs seemed to have a free hand in attacking civilians throughout this small country.  Sierra Leone is now at peace.  While acknowledging the uniqueness of each situation, we do have evidence that the horrors of war and the pain that war produces can be overcome with God's help and with our being God's helpers in making change happen.
 
Please join me in prayer and in the belief that even in South Sudan a new day will dawn.  The other day as I expressed frustration at where things stood in South Sudan, a friend asked me: "Will it ever change? Can anything be done?"  Help frame a positive response to such queries through prayer and whatever support you can manage. 
 
Peace,
Richard
 
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Recent News: South Sudan
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The New York Times: U.S. Britain, U.N. Wary of South Sudan Ceasefire Announcement
 
The New York Times: U.N. Envoy: South Sudan Seeing Military Action as Rains Arrive
 
The New York Times: South Sudan Government Forces Killed 114 Civilians, U.N. says
 
The New York Times: Eight Months After Approval, New U.N. Troops Trickle Into South Sudan
 
Radio Tamazuj: Clement Janda (a prominent political figure from the Equatoria region) declines appointment into national dialogue committee
 
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Dear Friends,
Thank you for your interest, your prayers, and your support.
 
We invite you to visit our website.
Ellen J. Hanckel
Editor
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PRAY. TEACH. PARTNER. URGE. GIVE. LEARN. 
 
If you'd like to be doing more to help address the crisis in South Sudan, please consider the following:
 
*Pray for peace and deep healing of the conflicts and rivalries in South Sudan.
 
*Join AFRECS or renew your annual membership online.

* If you have contacts in South Sudan and are able to get news of various parts of the country and the church from them, keep AFRECS in the loop by replying to this email or using our main contact email address: info@afrecs.org
 
* Be prepared to advocate for peacemaking with the US (or other) government, especially if attention to conflict resolution wanes.
 
*Donate to support the Episcopal Church in South Sudan and Sudan’s efforts to provide solace and encourage reconciliation. 
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Read our latest E-Blast for details on these and many other items.