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

Weekend Reading List: Dignity for Refugees

I’ve never been a refugee. I’ve never walked out of my home, with just the clothes on my back – away from my family, my community, my world — because I’m too afraid to stay. You probably haven’t either. But, if the current news cycle is any indication, we all have thoughts and ideas about refugees; who they are and why they’ve been defined in such a way, as refugees. When we started working in South Sudan in 2009, every single one of our clients had been a refugee. After the peace deal was signed in 2005, millions began to return to their homes desperately hoping for peace, ...

SEPTEMBER 2016 | Prayer Request

” But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah ” PSALM 3:3-4 WILL YOU PRAY WITH US THIS MONTH? As we start this week, we’re asking God to be our peace in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. Here is how you can be partnering alongside us in PRAYER — UNCERTAINTY : The brother of our Director of Spiritual Integration, Pastor Kenneth, is still under the custody of the South Sudanese army. A lot is uncertain and very unclear – please continue to pray for ...

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 ...


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