South Sudan

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Civil war continues in the South Sudan, and refugees live in camps in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Most refugees are far from clean water and basic health care. WELS South Sudanese refugees living in the USA and Canada have been mobilized for short trips back to Africa’s refugee areas to plant churches.  Now, a group is being mobilized to provide humanitarian assistance as well as gospel proclamation.  

SOuth Sudan Crisis Quick Facts 

• Around 750,000 refugees have scattered to ethiopia, kenya and uganda

• nearly 1.7 million people are displaced inside of south sudan

1) Kingdom Workers will train up a team of South Sudanese refugees in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) along with community development principles. 

2) The South Sudan Ministry Team (WELS Project) in partnership with KW  will send the team to facilitate various health-related workshops regarding WASH and helping to train other community health advocates that are members of Gambella, Ethiopia community and friends of the church.


Alicia Cortright is trained as an epidemiologist and currently works as a prenatal/childbirth educator in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her experience includes work in infectious disease prevention and control, prevention of adverse birth outcomes, and international health & development.  She served as the public health administrator of the Lutheran Mobile Clinic in Lilongwe, Malawi, where she especially enjoyed conducting staff & volunteer training and developing programming based on needs identified by local communities and congregations.  She will be one of the trainers for the North American South Sudanese volunteers before they travel to Gambella.  The training workshop will aim to to equip the volunteers with knowledge and skills in basic public health practices, clean water & sanitation, and community engagement.

Pastor Peter Bur is himself a South Sudanese refugee who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s.  Now a U.S. citizen, he serves a group of 40 South Sudanese at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE. Peter became a pastor in 2015, having graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary's Pastoral Studies Institute. He was then called to serve as the Coordinator of South Sudanese Ministry for the mission field in North America and to the South Sudanese refugees in Africa.

Simon Duoth, a WELS member and evangelist residing in Seattle, recently made a trip to Gambella, Ethiopia, where many S. Sudanese refugees reside. His mother also traveled to the area to visit family and relatives whom she hadn’t seen in years. Simon’s mother became violently ill from drinking contaminated water, to the extent that she had to return to the USA for emergency treatment. The family members she left behind in Africa have no access to such treatment. Children and the elderly are especially at risk.

Dan Tyrrell

Field Manager

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