South Sudan

South Sudan


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Holston Conference has been in a partnership with a community of United Methodists in Yei, South Sudan, since 2005. Over the years, Holston congregations and church members have invested more than $3 million to build churches, establish orphanages, provide education, dig wells, offer medical care and multiple other life-giving services throughout the East African nation.

In 2016, civil war again erupted in South Sudan. Escaping violence and starvation, many of the people that Holston members are closest to ran to neighboring Uganda.

Since then, they’ve been living in a refugee camp in the Arua District of northwest Uganda, waiting to go back home. The people include 37 orphans, 15 pastors, and about 20 staff who Holston Conference has committed to keeping safe.


Love for South Sudan
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Resources if your church takes a "Love for South Sudan" offering 

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Critical needs, critical time

Non-designated funding for Holston’s South Sudan mission will be nearly depleted by June 2020. In an effort to help, the Holston Foundation will match up to $75,000 for every dollar donated to continue the South Sudan ministry.

This investment in a Holston Conference ministry is the largest matching opportunity in the Foundation’s history. The goal is to raise $150,000 total:

  • $55,000 for education
  • $50 for medical, compound, annual conference expenses
  • $45,000 for operations


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How to help

You may give online now or mail a check to:
Holston Foundation
P.O. Box 900
Alcoa, TN 37701

For more information about giving to South Sudan, please email Paul Bowman, Foundation executive director.

For more information about Holston Conference's South Sudan mission, please email Rev. Mike Sluder, director of connectional ministries.