South Sudan news, prayer requests, stories from the field, and updates on all things Seed Effect from our team and partners.

Weekend Reading List: There is Hope

The news out of South Sudan in the past few days has been awful. The reports of what happened during the weekend of July 8th are finally coming out.  In the midst of renewed violence and fighting between government and rebel forces, the atrocities committed are absolutely horrific.  Hundreds were killed, thousands have been displaced both internally and as refugees, women were repeatedly raped by soldiers as UN Peacekeepers did nothing, aid workers were ambushed, beaten, raped, and tortured (again, while UN Peacekeepers did nothing), and the town of Juba descended into a living hell in ...

“When The Elephants Fight, It Is The Grass That Suffers”

As an American who hasn’t experienced widespread war or conflict on our soil in generations, we sit at a distance both physically and emotionally from these countries that seem to be defined by war. We watch the news and it’s mostly bad. The atrocities of war are rightly reported internationally, but often this is all that’s reported. And so we form an opinion about a place and a people that we’ve likely never visited. We assume that they’re all bad rather than understanding that the actions of a few can bring down the entirety. This is South Sudan.  Two ...

August 2016 Prayer Requests

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  -2 Chronicles 7:14 – News from South Sudan continues to be volatile, but we continue to celebrate stories of praise and hope in the midst of hardship. Here’s how you can join us in praying: SE Spiritual Integration Supervisor, Duku Kenneth, and his family were robbed at home last week and the following day, in a seemingly related incident, his brother Calvin was taken by ...

July 2016 Program Statistics Report



Since our last update, violence erupted again in Juba, South Sudan.  The insecurity has led to a temporary suspension in new loans. The savings program, however, is continuing to grow amidst the instability.  Please keep praying for our program, staff, clients, and the people of South Sudan.

Join the Discussion: Poverty, Inc.



Courtesy of Poverty, Inc.  Welcome back! (If you’re confused by that greeting, go here first.) What did you think of the film? Did it leave you surprised? Angry? Frustrated? Discouraged? Or even encouraged? Even though the film detailed how the “business of poverty” has created more dependency and billions of dollars have served merely to exacerbate the problem, we are encouraged by this film.  We’re encouraged because this conversation needs to be had and it touches on the very core convictions of Seed Effect. We firmly believe that how we help matters and that ...

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