Update for Sudan sojourners

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There’s so much happening to be thankful for, coming to the end of 4 years of peace in Sudan.

Since returning from my last global visit in October to Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia I have been applying for major funding for 4 Dioceses in Sudan. We have already been successful with the UNDP Sudan Recovery Fund and will find out this month whether we have succeeded in DfiD’s Basic Services Fund for Sudan. Covering primary and vocational education, health, including a mobile unit and hygiene these funds will potentially make a substantial difference in Yei, Lainya, Kajokeji and Rokon Dioceses.

A big thank you to many Parishes throughout Ireland and indeed Connor Diocese as they continue to raise funds for Primary Schools in Yei, a borehole in Maridi, a Secondary School in Maridi and Kaduguli and bursaries in Maridi and Kajokeji to name a few. We have been able to support Bishop Justin’s dream of building Haddow Secondary School the work has already commenced. But there is so much more to do to help to support the church in Sudan, please pray and get in touch with me if you wish to help with training leaders in Kajokeji, lay training in Yei, theological training in Yei, a training college in Maridi, schools in Ibba, Yei Maridi and Kaduguli, education bursaries in Kajokeji, more boreholes and health in Maridi.

I have also been selecting, organising and preparing a joint Movilla Abbey and Dromore Cathedral META team for Maridi next March. There are 4 team members from each Parish, including both Rectors, so it promises to be a good visit.

The Diocese of Yei is hosting the ECS Bishops’ Retreat in February 2009 to be led by Lord George Cary of Clifton and to be shared with Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda.

We have also had our first pilot CMS Ireland Sunday with many staff and volunteers visiting over 40 Parishes throughout Ireland, I spoke at Glencraig Parish. The feedback received has been really encouraging.

It was a year of records at Yei Vocational Training College. A record number of students graduating – 91, in 5 separate disciplines; a record number passed their driving test – 34 out of 34; a record attendance at graduation, filling the new hall to overflowing. Please read the update from John Spens in their blog for more details about the YVTC Graduation in Yei. John and Poppy, although no longer officially working with CMS Ireland, are now CMS Ireland Affiliates and have just returned today from Yei Diocese, where they will continue to serve visiting 5 or 6 times annually.

CMS Ireland is still searching for a Mission Partner to be the College Principal for the Yei Vocational Training College, so if you know anyone who may be interested, please ask them to get in contact.

Celebrate the wonder of Advent…with our global partners in Sudan by praying for them at home and in your Parish during Advent.