1. Research and read about South Sudan to educate yourself on its history, current events and how you can get involved.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14095300 – Timeline of Sudan and South Sudan http://www.waterforsouthsudan.org/ (clean water) http://www.waterisbasic.org/ (clean water) http://www.makewaypartners.org/anti-trafficking-network.html (orphan care and human trafficking) http://www.makewaypartners.org/HFS.html (orphan care and human trafficking)
http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6149699/k.B848/Africa.htm (choose South Sudan for history and human needs)
http://www.icarda.org/docrep/RReports/Poverty_assessment/2_Southern_Sudan.pdf (South Sudan history and current assessment pdf)
http://www.international-alert.org/sites/default/files/publications/201202SouthSudanLoRes_FINAL.pdf (comprehensive peace in South Sudan pdf)
http://www.seedeffect.org/ (economic opportunity)
2. Watch Videos*
*The videos cited above are for informational perusal only. They do not always represent the opinions of Sister Effect and may contain some material that does not reflect complete information up to the year 2012.
4. Ask the missions pastor at your church for any information available about South Sudan.
5. Find any families in your church who might have been to South Sudan or might have a connection with ministries doing work there.
1. Dedicate some time at your weekly Youth Group meeting to sharing the story of South Sudan with your students.
2. Brainstorm with your students about how your youth group can work together to help meet basic needs of women and girls in South Sudan. Don’t hesitate to explain that women and girls disproportionately suffer the consequences of extreme poverty. Ask the kids to join you in committing to pray for South Sudan.
3. Add the needs of these South Sudanese sisters to your church prayer list.
4. If you have a Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest account, consider sharing about the plight of South Sudan and what you plan to do about it
1. Share about the Youth Group discussion at your church leadership meeting. Ask for the support of the church in working to help our sisters in South Sudan.
2. Have the kids in the Youth Group share about South Sudan in the Sunday morning church service.
3. Ask the congregation to prayerfully consider sharing part of their tithe to help women and girls of South Sudan become free from crushing poverty.
4. Set up a jar at Youth Group meetings where the kids have the opportunity to give change to help with Sister Effect’s work in South Sudan.
5. Plan a Youth Group event (basketball tournament; bake sale; service day, carwash) where the kids can fundraise to give towards work in South Sudan
6. Brainstorm ways your congregation might identify needs of refugee families from South Sudan who are living in our communities. Think together about how you can work to meet some of those immediate needs.
1. Challenge your Youth Group kids to check out the “I’m a Student!” section of the Sister Effect website.
2. Ask the kids to consider raising awareness at their school about the history and current context of South Sudan. They can talk to teachers or start a club for Sister Effect at school.
3. Take pictures and write about what your kids decide to do to help our sisters in South Sudan. Please send them to us at Sister Effect. We would love to share your story!!