Hope for the Children of South Sudan
Hope for South Sudan ~ Hope from South Sudan
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GRACE = God Receives All Children Equally
The idea for GRACE Home was born 2006 when we first started coming to South Sudan. The people told us the need for a way to take care of orphans because of the war, disease, and sometimes just abandonment. The children were left without someone to care for them. We would see frequently a 7 year old taking care of a 3 year old. That would be the only caregiver that child will have. So, as a church, we said that we need to do something about this.
Over time we developed an idea for an orphanage that would house 24 children. We are starting small. We have set it up to get a feel of a home environment, that of a family. We don't want the children to feel like they grew up in an institution but we want them to feel like they are in a family. Each house has a house mother and 6 children with 2 bedrooms and a little family room. The dining room and kitchen is in the middle of the 4 houses.
We recently had an orphan who was on the feeding program. Lil' Moses was severely malnourished. We worked with the family, we provided food but the father was just simply not capable to care for his child and the child ended up literally near death. We did not have a way to take him in and feed him. So, another orphanage in the area offered to take him in. Today, 8 months later, Moses is a happy, healthy 2 year old and is just now learning to walk and talk. So, our hope is to be able serve those who are vulnerable, who may come from a bad living situation, to be God's hands and feet in this situation and bring them in and care for them so they can be the person that God created them to be. ~Libby
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An Initiative by the Hope for South Sudan Team Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church
The Holston Conference Foundation manages an endowment for the South Sudan orphanage, the wells and sanitation projects and the Captain’s House.
There are many projects related to Hope for The Children of South Sudan that provide ways you can be a part of this ministry. As you review the list, please pray about how God can use you to build a better and brighter future for the children of Sudan. Then make a donation as a gift in honor or memory of someone you love.
More than 2 million people lost their lives through violence, disease, and starvation in Sudan due to a North vs. South civil war. Years of food shortage, displaced children/families, and disease have forced millions (35 million +) to live in crowded refugee camps. Thousands died, needlessly.
In 2006, the staff of Holston Conference decided it was time to make a difference in Sudan and the journey began.
Global Ministries is participating in UMC #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013. Gifts made online through The Advance on UMC #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar for dollar, meaning that 200 percent of every donation through your Advance number on December 3 will directly impact your ministry. This is a great opportunity for you to reach out through your networks and let them know about this one-day event and how it can support our work in South Sudan.
December 2, 2013
November 2013 Hello Friends and Family: I hate to start with a cliche', but time really flies! I didn't realize how long it has been since I sent the last update. So much has happened ... more
October 17, 2013
Greetings from GRACE Home! Everything is now up and running quite well. The children have settled in quite nicely and it is so good to hear the laughing and singing and see them playing. One ... more
September 30, 2013
September South Sudan Newsletter more