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South Sudan ceasefire must hold to avert famine: U.N. – REUTERS

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Featured, the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

South Sudan ceasefire must hold to avert famine: U.N. – REUTERS

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan can only avoid famine if a shaky ceasefire holds and people displaced by more than five months of fighting are able to return home in the next few weeks to plant crops before the rains, a senior U.N. official said. Donors pledged more than $600 million in May to help avert a crisis which aid agencies said could be the biggest since the 1984 Ethiopian famine, with 3.5 million people already suffering from acute or emergency-level food shortages, including a million unable to meet basic needs, the United Nations says. This already meant the situation was...

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Peace: South Sudan’s Way Forward and Hope for a Shared Future

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Our Beloved Community, We’re so thankful for you and your shared comments and prayers for South Sudan these past weeks! What amazing and precious sisters and brothers we serve alongside of. Please know how grateful we are for you. Know, also, you can expect further updates and ways you can help via our website in the days ahead with regard to what’s transitioned from isolated clashing in parts of South Sudan to more widespread violence and renewed warfare throughout many regions in this new nation. The saying ‘it’s complicated’ reigns true in so many contexts, and it’s very much the case...

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South Sudan: A Prayer for Peace

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Our Beloved Community, First, thank you for the outpouring of concern you’ve shown regarding the current conflict in South Sudan. Your inquiring emails, calls and messages have been beautiful reminders that we really are a human family – and God’s love in us moves us to deeply care for the suffering of others. I’m so grateful for this. As I write, South Sudan is, in fact, conflicted and aspects of the clashings have escalated in some of the nation’s states. Unfortunately, shifts in this region have long-occurred, especially prior to the formal end of civil war in 2005...

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With a Grateful Heart…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

With a Grateful Heart…

As this holiday season begins, I’m so grateful it does so with Thanksgiving. Not only is Thanksgiving my favorite holiday, it reminds me just how powerful is the heart overflowing with appreciation and gratitude. “In everything, give thanks…,” God prompts us. In all circumstances, all life seasons. In times of light and laughter and wonder. In stretches where the music of our worlds grinds to a halt and everything around us fades to black. And in those infinite moments in between. Being grateful matters. Choosing the way of thanksgiving sets us up to enjoy lives of...

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Jillian

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in the "Better Together" blog | 0 comments

Jillian

Meet Jillian. Still a couple inches shy of five feet, this eleven year-old dynamo is one of our greatest champions for female life change in South Sudan. The busy fifth grader totes around a notebook of ideas, which she regularly tries out. From saving up her allowance to advocating the story of women and girls at her school (and then in after-school group) to putting together weekend garage sales with her mom, Jilli has embraced “doing her thing” in ways that keep bringing change to South Sudan – and to the community of people who know and love her! More than five years ago,...

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