We feel overwhelmed and helpless. What can anyone do?
Out of a population of 10 million people, more than 300,000 have been killed, nearly a million have fled to the neighboring countries, and more than a million are displaced internally. Daily untold numbers of people are literally dying of malnutrition and starvation – all because of man’s inhumanity to man as well as nature’s ravages. The leaders of the country should be in prison, but the world stands by.
ALWS is doing what is can and its work is effective and on a large scale helping many in Christ’s name. We recommend their efforts but no one can do everything. AFA would like to add its widow’s mite in an attempt to relieve the suffering of as many more people as possible though the ministry of the ELCSS/S (Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Sudan/Sudan). This church helps in a separate and different way on a much smaller scale, simultaneously doing humanitarian work and Gospel ministry, distributing food and clothes etc while also offering hope and comfort through The Word at the same time. So we recommend ALWS as well. One thing for sure: WE ALL HAVE TO ACT, NOW MORE THAN EVER!
Writes Bishop Peter Anibati (ELCSS/S), Daily I receive calls for help for food items but what can I do? Certainly not much but I keep encouraging the people to remain faithful to God. In 10-14 days he makes a trip to the war ravaged parts of the country and hopes desperately that he does not have to go with empty pockets. Therefore, he writes, I call upon our friends and partners in the Gospel to extend a helping hand to the ELCSS/S so that we can reach out to the suffering people with tangible gifts of love in Jesus' name.
His church is large and active, has considerable expertise, and has experienced phenomenal growth. However it is daily faced with huge challenges. The bishop talks about skyrocketing food prices and many suffering, impoverished pastors. But in their suffering, and without pay, they start new churches.
Sudan is of special importance as many aid groups have left the country because of war and danger. Again Bishop Peter, South Sudan is a country deserted and neglected by many, even by Christian organizations and missionaries because of the difficulties caused by the war but one thing must be stressed: the people of South Sudan need Jesus just like everybody else.