South Sudan became the world’s newest country on July 9, 2011. For more information on that you can read A New Flag Raised: South Sudan Celebrates Birth by clicking on it!

I got the following notes from missionary Keith Shumaker who serves in Burkina Faso.

As most of you know, I had the unique opportunity to go to South Sudan.

South Sudan is the newest country in the world. They got their independence in July.

They were ravaged by war for many years. Over 2 and half million were killed in the war. The stories of war are terrible.

While there we passed out thousands of tracts. Lead some people to the Lord on the street. It wasn’t a quick pray after me. We could have had hundreds of those.

They love Americans. If you see the president he always wears a cowboy hat. George Bush gave it to him.

I have never seen a country with more of an open door than South Sudan. The country is now being built. The door will probably not be as open in 5-10 years.

It many times bothers me that the Jehovah Witnesses and other groups are already there and we aren’t.

The opportunity is unreal.

It really needs a missionary with the right training, vision and good work ethic.

There should be a video of our trip coming out soon. I will let you know about it.

Please pray that God would raise someone up to work in this needy country.

What a strong plea for workers! Would you please pray about being the man to go?

The following came from wikipedia:

The transitional constitution recognized English as the official language of the new republic, cementing the belief that English is a global lingua franca that can encourage development and differentiate South Sudan from Sudan where Arabic is the primary language. With more than 40 ethnic groups, South Sudan is very linguistically diverse. Perhaps in choosing English as the official language of the new republic, South Sudan can avoid the problems of a nation like Morocco, where classical Arabic is the official language, the local population speaks the Moroccan Arabic dialect of Darija, and the elite use French and English in the halls of government.

The following came in another email:

I of course don’t speak Arabic so I don’t really know but we passed out many tracts in arabic. A decent number asked for the Arabic tracts.

After we ran out of English and were just passing out Arabic, many got upset with us. Saying we don’t want Arabic here, we want English. They truly dislike what the Muslim north did to them and I don’t blame them.

Supposedly Bid Laden practiced chemical stuff on the kids in the hospital, killing many of them.

This country will call for a very strong family that is willing to pay the price. Would you consider praying for this country? Vision is looking for a man that will step up and go? Read and see if this challenges you or discourages you!

I do want to say that the climate was dry and warm. Not quite as bad as Burkina but hot.

It is one of the most expensive towns in the world. Housing is terrible but I think in 5 years it will get better. social groups and government groups are paying a huge amount for housing/hotels and stuff.

It would be a tougher than Burkina in my opinion. It will change and probably be better after many years but it will take awhile.

Ministry would be great, life for many would be tough. Just wanted to be honest if somebody was interested.

I would go in a heartbeat if I wasn’t already in needy country and a ministry that God is blessing. I still feel peace about Burkina and the needs here are great.

If anybody wants to talk about it, I am available and would be willing to help in any way that I can. I am burdened about the need and country and don’t want us Independent Baptists to miss the opportunity that God has given us.

I hope as you read this that God has burdened your heart. Will you go? Will you make a difference in a very needy place? I would love to hear from you!
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  • Posted November 15, 2011 6:13 pm
    by Mike Hebert

    I am a Washington State Paramedic with 9 years as an independent Christian medical missionary in Togo and Ghana, doing the work of doctor and dentist, clean water resource development, community development and training Village Health Evangelist, and a lot of Jesus Movie evangelism.
    PLEASE share with me some missions organizations i can contact about going to South Sudan
    God Bless!!!—mike hebert US phone: 406-249-3348

    • Posted November 15, 2011 6:22 pm
      by wagardner

      I, personally, do not have any list of organizations that are going to South Sudan currently

  • Posted March 5, 2012 1:09 am
    by Jeremy Holloway

    I have surrender my life to go and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and help the people of South Sudan anyway the Lord leads me to help them, but first and foremost I want them to know the greatest thing a person could know, and that is Jesus Saves ALL. I will be taking my survey trip in June 2012, please pray that God will provide the support and sale the things that hold me back from serving the Lord in South Sudan.

  • Posted April 23, 2012 8:19 am
    by Rick Tunis

    Three of us want to book flights and come to South Sudan for two weeks. We want to ship food up from Uganda. We’ve been bringing food to crisis areas in Africa since 2003 and we need people connections.

    Do you have any connections/missionaries on the ground in South Sudan? Could you share their email with us? If you need to know more about me, I have an M.Div. from Liberty University and I’m a Pastor in Bethlehem, PA. You can visit or Thanks brother. Blessings, Rick Tunis

  • Posted January 15, 2013 2:52 pm
    by Tony Ovienloba

    Beloved, I am a man from Nigeria that have a heart for mission, could you please let me know what it takes to be part of your projects. thanks and May God bless you.

  • Posted February 7, 2013 8:08 am
    by Osborn Okemwa

    Jesus said:“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.“Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;and lo,am with you,even to the end of the age”(Matthew 28:18-20
    My vision is to reach out to all human races so that they may be liberated from the stronghold of evil principalities and powers,and that they may enter the kingdom of heaven.As Paul asked “How then shall they hear of whom they have not believed? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Rom. 10; 13-14)
    MY burden is to be the preacher of the Good News which people need to hear,believe and call upon the Lord for their salvation.Our faith in Christ offers the most radical solution to these situations.We have the greatest news in the world and sharing it is the greatest kindness we can show these people groups.
    Without Christ these souls are hopelessly and irredeemably lost and eternally separated from God.It is very urgent! Our Lord Jesus said all of us must quickly carry out the task He assigned to us because there is little time left before night falls and all works come to an end.The Lord Jesus will not return
    until everyone has heard the Good News
    Iam a Journalist by profession,i also have training In Bible and Theology.Of all God Has called me to do things that have
    never been done in places that no one has ever dared try!
    God Has has given us a clear and simple task to finish; seeing that Christ is worshiped and followed in every people.We must do with utmost and passion until it is finished.
    My prayer has been to use my profession to reach Gods people with the Gospel.I have been preaching in many African Countries and using my profession to reach the unreached people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.I have been to South Sudan for two year as a missionary.What i saw there still i feel going back to fish it.Please i need this opportunity to go and serve God in South Sudan.I know what is needed there,the culture and all it entails one to share the love of God in this please.Please how can you
    help me?
    God bless you.
    Yours in the Service

    • Posted February 7, 2013 8:57 am
      by wagardner

      God bless you. I am excited to hear about your passion and the way God is using you. I will be praying for you!

  • Posted February 16, 2013 9:58 am
    by Titus Toroitich

    Hello my name is Titus Toroitich and i am a Kenyan. i was looking around to check mission organizations to south Sudan. I feel called to missions and particularly to South Sudan. I am a trained in missions and church planting.

  • Posted May 6, 2013 8:33 pm
    by Emily

    Hi Austin,

    I know this post is about 2 years old, but hopefully your heart for Sudan hasn’t died! I have had a burden for the country for years and more recently have been searching for a way to get there. Has anyone been in contact with you about starting something up? I’d love to speak with you about it!


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