South Sudan

The Spiritual Need in South Sudan

South Sudan has been suffering the effects of civil war and political unrest since 1956. Atrocities against civilians in the country are rampant—the United Nations has described it as "one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world". With a population of approximately 12 million, the country claims to be primarily Christian. Roman Catholics make up 37 percent, while Episcopal and other Christian churches make up 36 percent. Traditional animist beliefs held by the ethnic groups of South Sudan make up over 19 percent. Islam and other beliefs make up just over 6 percent.

Religious beliefs are divided between the northern and southern regions of the country, with the north predominately Muslim. The southern region is mostly Catholic, Christian, and traditional folk religious beliefs. The divide has sparked persecution between the two regions, adding to the abundance of humanitarian horrors which already exist in the country.

Home to more than 60 major ethnicities, this predominantly rural country is one of the most diverse in Africa. It is also largely underdeveloped. The ongoing civil war has led to a lack of infrastructure within the country. Millions have died since the beginning of the war. Hundreds of thousands are fleeing across the border to escape the violence and persecution. Women and children are being forced into slave labor and the sex trade continues to expand.

ABWE in South Sudan

ABWE does not currently have any teams in South Sudan. But opportunities to serve in this region are vast, and the field is ready to be filled. We are seeking missionaries with a heart for reaching the unreached and planting churches to serve in a variety of ministry areas, including:

  • Medical
  • Agriculture
  • Theological
  • Church Partnership
  • Business
  • ESL
  • Sports
  • Kids/Youth Ministry
  • Women's Ministry

Whatever your specialty, there is a place for you to serve here. Is God calling you to spread his love and help plant churches in South Sudan?

We’d love to get to know you and discuss how God is calling you.

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