The assignment offers coordination and administration of programs and
activities in South Sudan. This will be accomplished in consultation
with the Director for East and Southern Africa and the strategic
priorities of the Global Mission Unit of the ELCA.
- Coordinate all programs and activities in Juba, South Sudan funded
by ELCA synods and congregations.
- Provide leadership in the identification of future leaders in
collaboration with other local leaders.
- Work in collaboration with Episcopal Church of South Sudan (ECSS)
in planning and monitoring of activities.
- Provide leadership in setting system and structure for the
emerging Lutheran church in South Sudan
- Interpret the mission and ministry of companions back to the ELCA
through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and
South Sudan, officially named the Republic of South Sudan, gained
independence from Sudan in 2011. As the world’s youngest country,
South Sudan has experienced decades of civil war, violence and
instability. In December 2013, political and ethnic-fueled fighting
erupted and once again the country found itself in conflict. In
response to this warfare, many of the people of South Sudan are
internally displaced or have fled to United Nations peacekeeping
mission bases or refugee camps outside the country.
The violence in South Sudan has had consequences for the native
tribes and communities of people who reside in the country. The result
of the violence means that in South Sudan there are few institutional
structures in existence: health Care systems are poor, educational
opportunities are lacking and places for spiritual care have been
disrupted. The net result is a deep need within the South Sudanese
people for structure, organization, community building and the
proclamation of hope; the ELCA walks alongside the Evangelical
Lutheran Church Africa Mission - South Sudan as they meet these needs.