SOUTH SUDAN RELIEF 

For the past five years, we've partnered with Samaritan's Purse to match our Christmas giving 1:1. i.e. "What I spend on gifts, I give to the Sudan Project." Your generosity helps provides meals for more than 300k hungry and displaced people each month. This is a 24/7 operation and Samaritan's Purse is one of very few organizations on the ground in South Sudan. Because of your generosity, $14,986 was raised in 2017 which was enough to provide meals for 137 children for one year.

2016 | $13,696 raised

SEE THE MOST CURRENT UPDATE FROM SAMARITAN'S PURSE HERE >>

  

SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS IN NUMBERS

3.95 million PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES DUE TO CONFLICT AND FAMINE CONDITIONS
6 million PEOPLE FACE SEVERE FOOD INSECURITY
1.7 million PEOPLE ARE ON THE BRINK OF FAMINE
17,242 CHOLERA CASES REPORTED

 

July 9th marked the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, but it was the second year in a row that the government cancelled official celebrations due to the country’s ongoing crisis. Although famine levels have been downgraded to the Emergency level, six million people (50% of the population) are still experiencing severe food insecurity and an estimated 1.7 million remain on the brink of famine— the highest number to date.  Our church has the opportunity to help. As you feel led, please use the link below to donate towards South Sudan Relief by giving online and designating your funds to the South Sudan Project. 

 

 

South Sudan Update: 8.16.18

 

“We have reason to be cautiously optimistic for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in South Sudan for the first time in years. Please pray for the peace process.” – Mark Stevens, Special Advisor for Northeast Africa

 

Peace may be on the horizon in South Sudan. After months of negotiations aimed at ending  civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced some 4.5 million from their homes since 2013, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a new power-sharing and ceasefire agreement on 5 August. Read this article by IRIN for more information about the political situation in South Sudan.  

 

Samaritan’s Purse continues to save lives and reduce suffering in the world’s newest country. New developments in our programming are outlined below. All other programs in South Sudan are operating normally.

 

  • Maban - Our sub-base in Maban was recently attacked and looted by youth unhappy with their perceived underrepresentation among non-governmental organizations (NGO's) in South Sudan. None of our staff were injured, but we are temporarily scaling back our work while United Nations and South Sudanese officials investigate.
  • Mayendit - A new wave of displaced families has poured into Mayendit. When families arrive at the displacement camps, Samaritan’s Purse is supplying them with non-food items and shelter kits. We continue to offer clean water and sanitation and hygiene programming for the displaced community in Mayendit.  
  • Church-Based Discipleship Initiative - Samaritan’s Purse is training church leaders to teach biblical truth and depend on God instead of relying on help from NGOs to meet community needs. We are empowering local churches to do “acts of love” for people in their community.
  • New! Leadership Training Program - Samaritan’s Purse has been invited by South Sudan’s government to teach police, military, and political leaders how to be servant leaders shaped by God’s Word.

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1. Why give online?

Our secure online giving is the safest way you can give.  It's fully digital, reducing the number of people who handle your money and the chances of fraud which protects both you as the giver and our church. At Sparta EFC, we want to be as accountable as possible with your donations.

2. Can I specify a purpose for my donation?

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5. What are my options for giving to Sparta EFC?

There are 3 ways to give:

  1. Online (one-time or schedule your re-occuring donations)
  2. In Sunday’s offering plate
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