​Abraham Jongroor, centre, with his brother
and boat driver on their escape across the
Nile River.

“It was a terrible ordeal, but as Australian citizens, my son and I can return to the safety of our wonderful country. We left behind many who do not have this privilege.”
Abraham Jongroor

In consultation with Melbourne's South Sudanese community, Anglican Overseas Aid has launched an appeal to respond to the emergency situation in South Sudan caused by ongoing conflict, and to help churches in the Melbourne Diocese to connect more closely with Sudanese congregations in Melbourne. Melbourne has the largest South Sudanese community in Australia, and many of them worship at Anglican churches. There are at about 20 South Sudanese Anglican congregations across the Melbourne Diocese.

Abraham Jongroor from Melbourne recently escaped violence in South Sudan — for the second time. In December, he took his 10-year-old son Kuol to South Sudan for the very first time to meet his large extended family, and particularly his grandmother. It was to be a grand family occasion, with the whole extended family together for the first time in 30 years. The visit was tragically cut short by violence. Click here to read Abraham’s powerful story.

Anglican Overseas Aid has shared ideas on how you can who your support for people affected by the violence in South Sudan, including by sharing this pew sheet with your parish to raise funds and support for this emergency appeal.

Donate: Anglican Overseas Aid’s ACT Alliance partner Norwegian Church Aid is working with churches in South Sudan to provide urgently needed food, water, hygiene, sanitation, medicines and other essential items to people who have been forced to flee their homes, as well as working with South Sudanese church leadership to support unified efforts to call for peace. Please visit http://ow.ly/sAMHt to donate

Pray: South Sudanese congregations around Melbourne are joining together to pray. There will be a joint prayer service at All Saints Anglican Church, 2 Dixon Street, Clayton, on 2 February at 2.30pm. Details of other opportunities to pray will be added to Anglican Overseas Aid’s website as they become available.

Learn: Members of our community are available to come and speak at your church or group about what’s happening in South Sudan and the experiences of our communities here in Australia. To organise a speaker, contact David Lual on davidmabior@yahoo.com or 0417 123 456.
For more information on Anglican Overseas Aid's South Sudan emergency appeal, please visit http://anglicanoverseasaid.org.au


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