YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOUTH SUDAN
Khamis Thep is a beneficiary of CBM’s emergency relief aid living in South Sudan at an Internally Displaced Persons camp. “I am a disabled person currently staying at the Narus IDP Camp. I have been at the camp since early 2014. I arrived at the camp after fleeing my home area in Jonglei after the start of the fighting between rebels and the government. I first camped in Mingkaman in Lakes State after which I decided to come to the Kenyan border ready to go to Kenya in case the fighting reaches here. During the distribution of the relief items I received one IDP Kit which contains a mosquito net, blankets, plastic sheet, soap and rope. These items will help me in coping with the situation at the camp. I thank the organizers of the distribution exercise for coming to our rescue. I have not been a Christian, but now I have seen that the Church and the people of God love others and can help regardless of tribe… What you did for us was not even done for us by the government.”
CBM’s South Sudanese partner is overwhelmed by the needs in their country. Conflict consumes virtually the whole country. The countryside is also wracked by violence. Over 1.5 million people have fled to other countries. Millions more are displaced within South Sudan. On top of it all, changing climate conditions make farming difficult in the best of circumstances. The inflation rate in South Sudan last year was 800%. Most people cannot afford to buy food. The specter of death hangs over the country. Tens of thousands of people have died and the numbers grow each month.
At CBM, we have a small annual fund that enables us to respond to unplanned global crises quickly and efficiently. It exists because generous donors recognize the importance of being able to help in times of emergency. Over the past three years, we have nearly depleted this fund by providing over $400,000 in relief aid to desperate and hungry people in South Sudan.
Two ways you can help:
- Pray for peace between the government and opposition armies. There has been a promise of safe access for humanitarian workers. Pray that this will hold so that food can reach into all regions of the country. Pray also for church leaders and relief workers.
- Make a generous financial gift to our South Sudan crisis response. We have promised to raise another $60,000 in order to continue the food relief program in South Sudan. We would like to be able to do more.
As CBM has been transitioning over the past year from running the Solidarity Sunday campaign over to what is now called CBM Sunday, Canadian Baptist churches have been joining in to stand up and act on behalf of the world’s hungry. Last year alone, almost $6,000 was raised by your churches, and we know that many more congregations are planning to advocate on behalf of the global poor and hungry through CBM Sunday in the coming year!As we have been focused on food and community development, as well as providing food aid and crisis response, new this year will also be an opportunity to advocate for health, nutrition and education through CBM Sunday.In one of the regions of India most affected by malnutrition – where over 50% of children are anemic – CBM supports a food security and nutrition program to help address hunger. CBM has helped 1,080 families in 36 villages grow organic rice, and start kitchen gardens for a healthier, balanced diet. They also conduct health awareness campaigns and hold medical camps for vital medical care and testing including immunization for children, nutritional supplements and affordable medicines. Help us provide projects that range from emergency food assistance to longer-term food security and nutrition programs.
Our faith challenges us to respond with compassion and do our utmost to help so that others may simply live. Build your very own CBM Sunday and order FREE materials on our website to place an order: cbmin.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – you can place bulletin inserts inside your regular bulletins, and use the sermon, worship, and video resource to help shape your service that week.
SPRINGFORTH-KAMP TUMAINI PARTNERSHIP
May officially means it’s time for #Springforth in Atlantic Canada, a 2-day event where 2,000 student and leaders gather in Moncton, New Brunswick to join God’s mission in changing Atlantic Canada one neighborhood at a time. Even more special however, is that for the past two years, CBM has been sending teams from Springforth, to spend a week or two in #Kenya as camp leaders for Kamp Tumaini! This summer, the team has 17 people on it, from all over Atlantic Canada!
For over ten years, CBM has built and supported a program called Guardians of Hope, a program which works to improve the lives of those affected or infected by HIV and AIDS – many of whom are orphaned children. We provide training in HIV and AIDS issues, reducing stigma and discrimination, improving health and food security and helping to pay school fees, and in the past few years we’ve provided a summer camp experience for many of these orphans and vulnerable children in this program.
The 2017 theme of Kamp Tumaini is STRONGER TOGETHER, as youth are challenged to build an inclusive and caring community that overcomes the social stigma and marginalization of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. And this year, the camp will be hosted be a local village high school with rallies, games and small groups that will involve all of the high school teachers and students! Pray for this youth team as they prepare for camp, raise funds, and for many, experience traveling to Africa for the first time. Prayers especially for team leaders Adrian, Renee and Catherine as they encourage and support this great group of students.
KENYA MINISTRY UPDATES
You may be wondering, what are some of our Field Staff up to this month? This May, our CBM Africa Team Leaders, Aaron and Erica Kenny, will be joining CBM Field Staff Jonathan Mills from Rwanda, in the launch of a new ministry initiative with several of CBM’s Africa partners: the Africa Leadership Exchange. It will build on “previous exchanges held in Mombasa, Zanzibar, and Nairobi where multilateral cooperation and support amongst our partners has been fostered”, share the Kennys. This month will focus on “building trust and understanding across the leadership of four of our partner denominations as we come together to discuss and reflect on the current strengths and weaknesses in the areas of leadership, management, and governance within each of the partners. Over the next two-years, we are excited to work together in this deliberate effort to strengthen the health and capacity of our partner organizations.”
And did you know, also working in Kenya is Pauline Kariuki who serves with CBM as Project Coordinator and Evaluation Officer? Pauline visits projects supported by CBM and monitors progress and spending against budget, while providing technical and administrative support to CBM’s Food Security team. And we can’t forget Ruth Munyao, CBM’s Senior Food Security Specialist in Africa, with specific reference to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan. She is also Kenyan and brings her expertise in community development, program design, monitoring and evaluation as well as commitment to integral mission, and deep faith in God’s grace to the role. We are so proud to be working with the best of the best!