For many years, it has been the desire of CV founder, Lord Edmiston, to launch a National Pioneers Initiative (NPI) project in South Sudan. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing conflicts in this country – alongside the global pandemic – there have been severe delays in seeing this project come to fruition.
However, after two years of effort, CV African Partnerships manager, Nick Parker, was introduced to Bishop A* who set the plans for the project in motion once again. Bishop A loved the idea of launching an NPI project in South Sudan and encouraged Nick, along with Heinz Oldewage, to visit South Sudan before committing to a specific region for the project.
Heinz and Nick travelled to South Sudan to meet with Bishop A and Reverend J*, and to get to know the individual people ‘on the ground’. The trip also provided them with a sense of the challenges faced by local missionaries, and an understanding of what would be needed in terms of support.
Due to logistical delays, Heinz and Nick had to return a few months later to head east to Kapoeta to interview potential pioneers. During this trip, eight potential pioneers were identified, and Reverend J was appointed as CV’s pioneer coordinator in South Sudan.
Nick and David Russel then travelled back to Kapoeta to host the official commissioning ceremony of the NPI Project. During this two-day commissioning, 12 pioneers were identified and commissioned to go out and preach to unreached people groups.
Despite the many challenges, God has connected CV with amazing pioneers through our collaboration with the South Sudan churches.
We ask that you pray for God’s protection over our pioneers as they embark on this exciting, yet challenging journey. We also pray that God will bless the work they do in a country in much need of the transformative power of the gospel – and that many unreached people will be changed forever as they encounter the love of God.