Media Associates International (MAI) is conducting a three-year training program to develop national writers and launch a Christian publishing program in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.
The training program is being carried out in partnership with Bishop Joseph Garang Atem and the Diocese of Renk of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS). We are responding to his request for help in developing Christian publishing to strengthen the nation’s church and society.
South Sudan received independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, following a 21-year civil war which cost 2 million lives and resulted in widespread destruction of infrastructure (the nation has only one paved road) and displacement of the population. The war pitted the mostly Christian and animist South against the Muslim fundamentalist regime in Khartoum in the north.
The challenge of developing self-sustaining Christian publishing in South Sudan will be great, but so is the need for it. Bishop Joseph sees locally authored Christian books as a key to “nation building,” a means of planting Christian values in society, developing a new generation of young readers, and for providing solid resources for Christian leadership and discipleship.
In a culture marked by death in recent years, newly equipped South Sudanese writers will offer words of life and hope to readers hungry for both.
By E4 Project
One of our ministry partners in Gabon is Bon Samaritan - a ministry that serves widows and marginalized women. E4 Project has served with this ministry in several ways. We have led training for the women to start businesses in beading, sewing, soap making, baking and agriculture. We have also provided seed money to the ministry so that they can build and provide kiosks for the women, as well as seed money for the women to start their businesses. Since E4 Project started serving alongside Bon Samaritan about two years ago, we have trained over 100 women. We have provided funds for about 8 kiosks that have been built and are now impacting over 70 women and their children by providing income for families who had nothing before finding Bon Samaritan and the Church.
Summit County (CO) has embraced “Project Cargo: Summit to South Africa”, a community effort that will provide a teaching, resource, and orphan intervention care facility that will eventually be moved to South Africa.
Our first initiatives started in December 2013 (securing the seed capital for the project). From May until August people in Summit County will put to work their Time, Talent and Treasure (T3’s) to convert and fill a standard 40’ shipping container that will become the cornerstone container of the 2,000+ sq.ft facility.
The container will be completely transformed with the installation of a fully functional kitchen, bathroom, and bunk-bed bedrooms.
A special mural design painted on the outside will add the final touch before loading the roof structure and resources needed to complete and operate the facility.
Upon arrival a two other containers, already on site, will be remodeled with construction materials shipped inside the Summit County container.
The recipient community secures the materials and labor needed for the foundations and brickwork needed to complete the multi purpose room between the two containers. The entire facility is then cover by a roof structure that is also shipped inside the Summit container.
Participants in Summit County will partner with the local community in October/Novermber 2013 to install the roof structure and the cutting of openings for the installation of windows and doors.
A local couple, Bill and Susan Weibel, from Breckenridge will oversee the various programs in partnership with the recipient community’s leadership, once the facility is completed.
This summer, a class of 45 young women will graduate from Tirzah International’s sewing program. These women were accepted into the program because they have no other source of help in one of the world’s poorest nations.
They’ve seen family members killed during the genocide, they’ve been betrayed by parents and left to fend for themselves.
However, for the last ten months, they’ve learned that their lives are valuable and that they are precious to God. They’ve been fed a daily nutritious meal. They’ve been taught the Word of God. They’ve learned to sew - a practical skill that will help them to sustain themselves and their children.
Prior to their graduation, Tirzah International invites friends to donate funds so that a new sewing machine may be provided for each graduate. This way she can begin her new business the day she graduates, providing her own income and often hiring other young women to assist her.
This project is aimed directly at turning the rising tide of suicide in the military. Of the over 350 suicides or suspected suicides of both active duty and reserve service members in 2012, only a small percentage have been reported to be related to PTSD or other combat related mental issues. We believe the larger percentage of these suicides stem from isolation. Many of these soldiers, after facing multiple deployments where every minute may be life or death, return home to marital issues, friendlessness, depression, financial hardship and a myriad of other challenges that all men face. We believe that if we can connect men, which is the principal focus of our ministry regardless of the audience, then we can defray the impact of a return to “Life as Usual” and consequently lower the number of suicides and attempted suicides among male service members and combat veterans.
Uganda has 2.5 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and 10 million children living in poverty. We are working in an urban slum area, where families are struggling to survive. Families don’t have resources to meet even the most basic needs, and 60% of our children don’t get regular meals at home. The cost of school supplies, uniforms, and fees puts education out of reach.
Most had lost hope of ever completing their education and escaping the relentless hunger and poverty that threatens their lives.
At Calvary Primary School, we feed 408 children two meals each day during the school term. We provide school fees or partial tuition assistance for these children. We also provide supplies, uniforms, and personal hygiene items. When children are sick, we take them for medical care. We provide tuition for 86 students in secondary schools, and 6 in vocational training.
Need: The Current local clinic in our region is no longer in service. All of our widows and people sick with HIV/AIDS must travel far to receive basic treatment and medication.
Solution: If we raise $2,000 in this campaign, we will be able to hire a mobile nurse on staff to travel throughout our 30 villages providing check-ups, distributing medication, and offer counsel and support to those in need.