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Go behind the headlines with our mission partners on the frontlines… in Maridi, South Sudan. “Miracles are happening and there is much fruit – my people now have a thirst to read the Bible for themselves, and they pray together as never before. Also the giving of money and food has increased dramatically now that my people have had teaching about it….We have never had systematic teaching such as this before. Three people in my group have become Christians. Praise God for the Following Jesus course.”

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“What is hardly ever commented on is the hope, the joy and the amazing South Sudanese, who feel ownership of the land they are in, and who want to work to develop their nation.” – CMS mission partner Ruth Radley What God is doing: Comforting the broken: Most people in Sudan still suffer from trauma. CMS has helped provide much-needed counselling. Making disciples: CMS mission partner Trisha Wick, diocesan coordinator for discipleship training in Maridi, has written seven discipleship training booklets called

Raising up good leaders: The church of South Sudan has a vital role to play, but many pastors lack the education and confidence they need to lead. CMS has sponsored several Sudanese Christians to receive thorough training at Carlile College, Nairobi. These students then return to Sudan to lead churches and teach others

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Reducing dependency Whether training people to work with children or giving life-skills seminars on conflict resolution, health and parenting, “what really brings development is when people’s minds are unlocked”, says mission partner Ruth Radley. “When things are just given to people or when they don’t have to work, the subtle message is: ‘You can’t. You don’t have…’ The reality here is, ‘You can. You do have…’ We work through Bible studies to show people the resources they do have to solve their own problems. It takes longer but the results are long-lasting.”

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“Increasing numbers of people are putting their faith in Jesus Christ, despite the dangers. We must confess that this is not the work of foreign missionaries, but instead of courageous men and women from their own communities. We are utterly humbled by their bravery and faith.” – CMS mission partners who must remain anonymous

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Educating the marginalised: Mission partner Jane Jerrard and her team have worked

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Living through revolution “We’ve been especially encouraged by the many scenes of Christians and Muslims standing together. You might have seen images of Christians ‘protecting’ Muslims as they prayed and vice versa! We feel so privileged to have been here ‘for such a time as this’. We live in an apartment building in a busy city. We didn’t know our neighbours that well. We certainly

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the surprise on people’s faces when they see we haven’t left.” – CMS people in mission in the region

What God is doing: Christians won respect for providing emergency meals and shelter for thousands of refugees fleeing violence in their countries. Muslim-background believers were engaged in simple public acts of witness after the revolution, such as cleaning up the streets. Micro-enterprise schemes are helping people who are struggling financially. People like Awatef, whose husband could no longer find employment as a construction worker. They got food packages from a church’s community development centre. After three months, Awatef’s husband had not found work, so she asked for a loan to buy a donkey and cart so they could go into business together selling vegetables. ”Now my husband and I go out every day to sell the

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