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Bible College Graduates Gather Under Mango Trees to Celebrate!

Wednesday, 5 June 2024

One of our South Sudanese partners, Christian Mercy International (CMI), organised a retreat for twenty-five students to celebrate and mark the end of their three years of study. Some are preparing to plant churches, others to serve in their churches or within their community. They gathered with joy under the mango trees. “It was a wonderful day,” reported CMI Director, Paulino Malou.

Nine of the 25 students graduated from the Aweil Bible College.

Aweil Bible College plays a pivotal role in developing Christian leaders. The need for trained evangelists and pastors is rising as the church grows in South Sudan. Yet, opportunities for theological and pastoral studies are scarce. Many travel internationally for ministry training, studying in places like Kenya and Uganda.

Our partner, CMI supports the college to train more local pastors and evangelists. Providing training in the country reduces expenses and helps students spend more time with family. Students graduate with a diploma or certificate and the skills to begin ministry, church planting or serving the community.

As the graduates prepare to return to their homes and begin their ministry, Paulino shared with them the difficult situations Jesus went through. Highlighting the challenges and “insecurities” the graduates might face as they begin preaching the gospel. However, his message focused on hope. He encouraged them to “keep [your] heart strong and to trust in God.”

From this most recent group of Aweil Bible College graduates, Paulino confidently said, “One student who graduated with a diploma will go back home [to Warrap state] and plant Churches of Christ over there.”

Your partnership makes these initiatives possible! Your support helps to make local theological training possible and ministry training more available. It provides ongoing encouragement for local Churches of Christ pastors and evangelists.

With your help, Global Mission Partners has recently provided Bibles to the college through CMI. The Bibles are a local translation of the Dinka language. This means students can share the good news in their own language!

If you’d like to support International Church Partnerships to train and develop local church and ministry leaders in South Sudan, other African countries, Asia, or the Pacific, please contact us for more information.  

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