Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meet Salah Reuben

I have been wanting to post this clip of our friend Salah Reuben sharing about the Participatory Awakening Process (PAP) program in Mundri for a while but I couldn't get the clip to load in South Sudan. Now that I have landed in Uganda, it was finally possible!

Salah works with the Mundri Diocese as the PAP Coordinator, and his office is just a few doors down from our offices, so our team has gotten to know him well. He is very passionate about this program specifically as well as all the different ways God is at work in Mundri.

In Salah's own words, "PAP teaches the community to discover their own situation and transform it using God available resources." The curriculum for this program is rooted in scripture. For example, Salah tells the story of God feeding the 5000, but he focuses on the disciples bringing what assets they had (five loaves and two fish) to Jesus. Salah also talks about how all the excess bread and fish was gathered up and those resources were not wasted.

Salah asks that we would pray that people in Mundri would get to know God more deeply through PAP. Pray that Christians would learn to live a holistic life and learn self-reliance as South Sudan moves away from dependence.

Salah also asks that you would be praying for him personally. Pray that God would provide for Salah's financial needs as he desires to help pay for the school fees of his younger brothers and sisters, build a house, and get married.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Out With the Old, In With the New

Over the last few weeks we have started to see the new South Sudanese Pounds in Mundri. In the next week a team will come to Mundri collect the old Sudanese pounds (top note in picture) and exchange them for the new South Sudanese pounds (bottom note in picture). The South Sudanese pounds have a picture of Dr. John Garang de Mabior on the front and are completely in English in contrast to the Sudanese Pound which is in English on one side and in Arabic on the other side.