Good Morning, Teacher!
At present this appeal is on hold whilst we help the church to minister to the displaced people (see Kadugli Appeal below). When things settle down in Sudan we plan to resume this strategic initiative, which is top priority for the Sudan Dioceses.
To help parishes to find out what the "Good Morning, Teacher!" appeal is all about, we have produced an introductory film on DVD.
To obtain a FREE copy of this 7 minute DVD (one per parish), please contact Sylvia Johnson giving your name, address and parish.
New classrooms in the Diocese of Port Sudan
The Diocese of Bradford has supported the building of new schools through the Good Morning Teacher Appeal. On the southern borders of Sudan there is serious insecurity, but further north life continues as normal. Bishop Abdu, acting diocesan bishop for Port Sudan, has looked after a project to build a school. Using funds from Bradford, Bishop Abdu has sent pictures of work in progress which is very encouraging. Thank you to all those who contributed to the Good Morning Teacher Appeal.
The Nuba people around Kadugli sided with the southern factions through 50 years of civil war - but geographically are part of Sudan, not South Sudan. The situation in South Kordofan, Sudan’s only oil-producing state, is bad. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s ruling party has sent in the army and air force to clear all rebellious action, but it is ordinary people who are dying, whose homes and churches are being destroyed.
Fighting intensified as artillery fire was used in the clashes between the two forces in and around Kadugli, and the Sudanese army is spreading its forces throughout the state despite the 2005 peace agreement plan that these areas and the disputed region of Abyei were to be jointly patrolled by the northern and southern armies. As fighting intensified, civilians are fleeing.
What can you do?
First of all, you can pray. And go on praying.
Pray for those who have died, those who are injured and those who love them and care for them.
Pray for those made homeless, those who have lost their livelihood, those who are travelling to a place of safety - and for those who are unable to travel.
Pray for those who have to minister to them, the people in towns that are being overwhelmed by refugees, the churches and the agencies who are struggling to cope.
Pray for the United Nations and the Africa Union. They may be the only agency that can prevent civil war breaking out again.
Second, you can give your prayer a practical dimension.
The Dioceses of Kadugli, El Obeid, Khartoum and Wad Medani are desperate for funds to help look after the displaced people.
The damage and destruction of schools and churches in Kadugli Diocese is large. We cannot do much about that, practically, to help yet, but there will be a significant repair bill ahead. We need to build up our depleted funds so that we can help.
You can download a Gift Aid form for the Kadugli appeal here.
Read current news of the situation
The BBC, Sudan Tribune and Al-jazeera websites give a broad coverage of events in Sudan.
And then pray, again
Previous special appeals:
Living Wells raised funds to improve water supplies and hygiene. Most of these funds were used in Pakistan but the balance was used in Sudan.
Wheels for Sudan provided four motor bikes for pastors.
For latest news and for Link resources click here.
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