Throwing in the Towel? Or a New Beginning?
Plans for the reconciliation initiative in Torit are indefinitely tabled, due to the July outbreak of fighting in South Sudan. Do we throw in the towel? What becomes of the many initiatives that depend on us?
As the Board and I have been asking hard questions, we have had two strategic initiatives seek us out. We are currently evaluating their feasibility, but I want you to know about them.
The first sounds crazy or brilliant, depending on one’s tolerance for risk. It is called Kush State University, in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. More than a thousand Nuban students are seeking university education, so university classes are being held in the shade of trees. Building university facilities is not feasible because of periodic aerial bombardment from Khartoum. But this fledgling university needs better internet connections, better course material, visiting professors, laptops for students, etc. One of the inspiring features of this Muslim-led effort is its vision to be a secular university that would serve the whole Nuban student population, whether Muslim or Christian (estimated at 30% Muslim and 70% Christian).
The second is a vision of South Sudanese women, Sisters' Hope for South Sudan (SHSS), seeking to respond to the humanitarian crisis of children who have fled to Khartoum due to the fighting in South Sudan. Many are orphans, and many are living on the streets in a city where they are second class citizens. The dream of the women’s network is to provide education, nutrition, health care and counselling for these children who have lost everything and are the forgotten victims of the fighting in South Sudan.
You can see why these initiatives have captured our attention. We are taking a hard look at these inspiring efforts. We will keep you posted on the outcome of our study and decision-making. Pray for us to make wise decisions, and most importantly pray for the young people who could benefit from these two strategic efforts.
May God bless you and your family as you gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving,