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Elias (above), from South Sudan, travelled to Cape Town this January to begin a three year Theology degree at George Whitefield College. This is part of a project supported by AID to strengthen the Church in South Sudan.

January Prayer Letter


''So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."
1 Peter 4:19


We are greatly encouraged by our staff and volunteers who press on with 'doing good' in South Sudan and Uganda despite conflict and anxiety. We think of the Trumpeter sanitation volunteers who continue to visit families door-to-door, AID staff who hear gun shots raining at night from their homes around Juba, and those pressing on training health workers in Uganda despite huge workloads and financial and future uncertainties. Please keep them in your prayers and pray that they, and we, would continue to do good, entrusting ourselves to our Father in Heaven. Pray for protection and wisdom for all of our projects and that God would be glorified as this good work continues. 
Thank you so much for praying! Here are some requests for the new month.
Strengthening the Church through Bishop Gwynne Theological College (BGC) Juba, South Sudan: 
  • As above, praise God that in mid-January Elias joined John Jal Deng (a faculty member from Bishop Gwynne College in Juba, South Sudan) at George Whitefield College in Cape Town, to begin a three-year Theology degree. Pray that these men will grow in their love and knowledge of the Lord, and be well prepared to return to South Sudan to train pastors.
  • Pray for Paul Kayumba from Zambia, who has a Masters in Theology from GWC and who, God-willing, will travel to South Sudan at the beginning of February to teach at BGC for 6 weeks.
  • Pray that Paul's lectures on New Testament themes and Research Methodologies would be useful for the BGC students.
  • Pray for Paul to settle in quickly, to get on well with BGC faculty and for protection and health over the 6 weeks 
  • There are many more pastors in South Sudan than doctors. Praise God for this Christian presence and pray for them to "Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve." 1 Peter 5:2.
  • Pray for wisdom and further opportunity to train and support existing pastors across South Sudan.
The ICMDA National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS): Training Health Workers.
  • The students are just returning to the NIHS after the Christmas break. Pray this would have been refreshing for staff and students and that the 48 students now in their final year would be prepared for the last stretch of hard work before graduation.
  • Ask God to sustain the NIHS staff who work extremely hard and pray that their lectures would be useful and effective.
  • Pray for all 68 students to gain useful, practical experience on their placement.
  • Praise God for financial support given by individual donors, trusts and the Dutch agency CORDAID. Ask God to supply all the needs of this project in the future:"My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19.
  • Pray for wisdom for Drs Anil and Shalini Cherian and others who are deciding where to place graduated students next year.
  • Pray for the students to be encouraged and grown in faith through Bible studies and prayer groups.
  • Pray that some sort of health training would become established for the long term in South Sudan and that this would greatly improve healthcare across the country.

The next meeting will be at 8am on Mon 6 Feb in Eslington House, Newcastle, NE2 4RF. 

Whether you've been before or not we would love to see you there.
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Prayer meetings also run in Felton and Morpeth. Contact: for details.
The Trumpeter Community Health Project (TCHP): Improving sanitation
  • Praise God that the Trumpeters were able to help distribute food to some of the most needy in Juba just before Christmas (right). We give thanks for the good organisation and servant-heartedness of the sanitation project that enabled this to happen. 
  • Praise God for the positive impact this project is having on the health of communities. Pray this would spread.
  • Pray for plans to train up women to train others to share good sanitation practices.
  • Pray for Leida, Remijo and Tabitha as they oversee and make plans about this project.
  • Pray that God would protect staff and volunteers in an unsettled Juba, especially as volunteers go out visiting houses. Pray that they would know God's peace as they go about their work.
  • Praise God for growing links with other WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) projects in Juba. Pray these would be mutually beneficial and ultimately improve health for families around Juba.
Manna Microfinance (MM): Helping communities to fight poverty 
  • "This new year comes with so much hope because I have received a loan to restock my drug shop." Cicilia (left). Read her story here.
  • Praise God that MM has been able to help 50 women like Cicilia restart their businesses after they were looted in fighting. 
  • Praise God for the other 100+ women supported by MM and pray that their businesses would bear fruit in families and communities.
  • Give thanks that MM is beginning to make a profit. Pray this would increase so that it becomes self-sustaining. 
  • Pray for plans to draw together and train new groups to help more women.
  • Thank God for Rev Martin who manages MM and how well he does this.
  • Pray for the audit of MM in February: that competent auditors would be found and it would be well done. 
  • Pray for Stella, Nancy, Felista and Susan who visit groups and manage the MM office.
  • Praise God for the support which the women receive through the groups. 
  • Pray for plans to develop microfinance work in Kenya, and for Raj going out soon to get this going. 
Prefer This In Your Hand?

We are developing a printed version of the prayer letter which will come out once every three months. We hope to send the first one out at the end of March. If you would like to receive a copy (perhaps for yourself or to use in a prayer group or at church), please get in touch:
Agriculture, Leadership Development and Education
  • We give great thanks that Chris Goodship and Hannah Couchman had a very fruitful trip to Uganda to investigate beginning agriculture work in South Sudanese refugee camps there (right). Praise God for providing a link person who can get the project going. Pray that the government of South Sudan will allow AID to work in the refugee camps and ask for 50 committed South Sudanese refugees to join the project in the first instance.
  • We also thank God that we have received much helpful advice on how to create a leadership development programme. Ask for someone to become apparent who could write up the course in a way that is sensitive to the particular needs of South Sudan. Pray the course could get going later this year and that it would help to train godly, competent leaders to strengthen South Sudan in the future.
  • Pray for children who can't access education in South Sudan because of conflict, and pray for peace in South Sudan so that AID (and others) could move forward with their plans to strengthen secondary education.
Staff and Trustees
  • Pray for Tabitha (AID's Fundraising and Communications manager in South Sudan, temporarily based in Nairobi) to be able to visit the staff and projects in South Sudan this February. Pray for this to be a useful and encouraging trip and pray for protection for Tabitha.
  • Praise God for a useful planning meeting this January and pray that AID staff would be wise and godly in all they do this year. Pray that their work would advance projects for the sake of those in need in South Sudan and elsewhere. 
  • Pray for AID's four trustees to have great wisdom, compassion and unity in making decisions and moving things forward.
  • Pray for all involved in writing applications to Trusts and Foundations and that these would be successful.
  • Pray for protection for staff in South Sudan where life is frustrating and dangerous. 
Peace in South Sudan
  • We have a Gospel of peace with God, and subsequently with men, "You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." Acts 10:36 - so please persevere in praying for peace and for a good government in South Sudan.
  • Praise God that the Church in South Sudan is widespread. Pray it would be active in seeking peace and reconciliation.
  • Pray for humility and selflessness for President, Salva Kiir, and Riek Machar (right) and that they would work together for peace and for the needs of their people.
  • Pray for hundreds of thousands who have fled violence in horrific circumstances. Pray for them to know God as their comforter, and for him to meet all of their needs.
  • Pray for the Gospel to spread in refugee camps and in remote parts of South Sudan.
  • Pray against children being forced to be soldiers.
  • Pray for organisations like AID to be able to help the country develop long-term solutions to the immense destruction resulting from many years of civil war.
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