Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dominic begins a prison ministry in Torit

A weekly Bible Study was started in Torit prison, the first of its kind. During the first visit, 10 prisoners gave their lives to Jesus Christ. Prisoners ask for some Bibles and the Juba Arabic hymnals, each cost about $2.50. The hymnals are available in Torit but the Juba Arabic Bibles are out of stock at that time. They have the Otuho New Testaments Bibles. Trinity Baptist sent some funds to purchase the hymnals for the Prison and Hospital ministries and some for the Sunday services.

Forty Arabic/English humnal books at $2.50 each, were bought. Twenty books were given for the prison ministry and 20 to the ECSS congregation in Torit. More hymnals books are need for the other congegations and also Bibles in Otuho, Arabic and English. The prisoners love to sing and praise God as they continue to meet for the weekly Bible Studies.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Past Trips

April 2008 - First Mission Team from TBC visits ECSS in South Sudan On April 1, 2008, Joel and Rebecca Martin with John and Donna Shekleton arrive in Nairobi, Kenya to do basic hygiene instruction with HIV/AIDS prevention in rural communities of Kenya and South Sudan. After serving a week at the Malooi AIC Church and Pastor Kioko Mwangangi's rural home, the team arrived in South Sudan. There they met with Dominic and Rejoice Olluru and Jordan Anguramoi, who is TBC's scholarship student at Pan African Christian College in Nairobi.
Since 1988, Dominic and Rejoice have started about 8 rural village churches and now he oversees the leadership as well as other projects, such as the ox plow project and the posho corn grinding mill. While in South Sudan for 10 days, the team conducted the hygiene and HIV/AIDS prevention instruction, simple VBS and painting the timbers of a church in 3 different rural congregations. They participated in the dedication of a new constructed church at Ilieu village, which is Dominic's childhood home. The church members were encouraged in the daily challenges of everyday living.

On July 26, 2008, Rejoice Olluru graduates from Pan Africa Christian College receiving a BS degree in Christian counseling. She first enrolled in 2005.

(insert Picture here) August 2008, Dominic's vehicle is repaired in Sudan, thanks to TBC "The car is on road, the car was repaired by a Kenya mechanic. I suggest that we will be making some minimum charges for our visitors who are going to use the car. This is because we do not have any budget/income allocated for maintaining the care. We need to buy engine oil, diesel, air filters etc on regular basis. We will be able to charge a minimum fee of $50 a day and future users will fuel the vehicle by themselves. When the vehicle travels outside of Torit, additional charges will be charged." Joyce, Jordan's wife, enrolls in a 3 year tailoring course at Ricardo's Tailoring and Embroider School. Since she does not speak English, she also enrolled in an English course. Joyce did not go to school (like many other Sudanese) so her teacher says that Joyce is good in practical skills but when it comes to measurements, number and other theories she is lost completely.

Late in August 2008, TBC sponsored the Kenya Mission Team from the Malooi AIC church in rural Kenya, headed by Pastor Kioko Mwangangi, with 5 young fellows. They traveled to South Sudan to start a Tree Planting project in Torit by first building a nursery and then planting seeds. They had begun a successful Tree Planting project at their own church in Kenya which generated income to support some church ministries and local widows. Their purpose in Southern Sudan was to plant trees to improve the environment and nutrition. They planted 14 varieties of tropical fruit trees, as well as hardwood trees for timber. Some of these trees will be planted along the boundaries of Dominic's property. These fruit trees should mature in about 5 years, ready for consumption. The team gave instruction about the care of the seedlings and trees and the seedlings continue to grow in the following months. Several months later the trees were transplanted all over on Dominic's property. More seeds were planted and cared for.

Friday, May 15, 2009

A brief history of ECSS

In the late 1980's, young Sudanese men and women from the Southern Sudan, fleeing the constant fighting and persecution of the war in Sudan, began to arrive in Kenya. Some of these Sudanese settled in the Dadaf refugee camp, others in the outskirts of the town of Thika, and still others in Nairobi.
Some of these refugees became Christians. Instead of seeking resettlement overseasor in neighboring countries, these Christians determined to go back to war-ravaged South Sudan in order to share the Word of God with those who had remained behind.
The first Evangelical Church of South Sudan (ECSS) congregation was formed early in 1998 in Torit County, which is in Eastern Equatoria State. The membership decided that it would be preferable to be called ECSS which would more correctly reflect their desire to be a non-denominational church both in their nature as well as in their approach. This grew out of a desire to avoid what has happened to other churches in South Sudan, as well as in the rest of the world. That is, that the churches had become divided into denominational lines. It was felt that by dividing along denominational lines, Islam and African traditional religions would likewise continue to gain ground. The memborship felt strongly that South Sudan needed a united Church which could face the expansion of Islam from the northern part of the country to the south.

ECSS is a non-denominational, indigenous, evangelical church committed to the Protestant Reformation. For the last 10 years of its existence, ECSS has held the privileged position of being the established church in its area. ECSS seeks to initiate, maintain, and strengthen its relationships with and engage in mission work alongside of other evangelical Christain churches, denominations, missions, and ecumenical agencies for the common mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At present, the ECSS has 6 congregations in Southern Sudan, all in the Eastern Equatoria State, which borders Kenya and Uganda. Currently, the church has over 3,500 registered full members with their ministers.

The ECSS has a mission vision of reaching the unreached in all parts of Southern Sudan as well as into the surrounding nations beyond the borders of Sudan. As we have only been in operation for some 10 years, our initial ministry focus or concentration has been among the Otuho people group in eastern Equatoria State. Nevertheless, we are also currently working with other ethnic groups including the Boys, Didinga, Lang'o, Lopit, Pari and Acholi people groups in Easter Equatoria State.