The Episcopal Church of Sudan is a province of the Anglican Communion consisting of 31 dioceses in both (north) Sudan and the newly independent country of South Sudan with an estimated four and a half million members. The Diocese of Virginia provides assistance to numerous ministries, and a number of parishes nurture relationships with dioceses in South Sudan to help support development after the Second Sudanese Civil War.
The American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (AFRECS) work to advance peace and stability in Sudan, seeking to amplify the voices of Sudanese Christians and, through prayer, to catch the movement of the Holy Spirit in the churches in both Sudan and the United States.
Hope for Humanity
Founded by Jennifer and Darryl Ernst, who are members of Christ Church, Glen Allen, Hope for Humanity is an organization that promotes educational reform in Southern Sudan. In 2007, Hope for Humanity completed construction on a secondary school in Atiaba, South Sudan called Hope and Resurrection. Now in its fifth year, the school works toward providing a high school education to as many as 240 students.
Churches who work in Sudan
All Saint’s, Richmond, funded a well in Bor and supported the “Families of Sudan.”
Calvary, Front Royal, supports Renk Theological College and the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Calvary is developing a parish-to-parish partnership with St. Paul's Parish in the Manikakara Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Ibba in the Republic of South Sudan.
Christ Church, Alexandria, 2008 – Present, supports the Diocese of Renk and Bishop Joseph Atem, and has assisted in construction projects such as St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Renk, as well as a medical clinic. They have signed a three-year covenant with the Diocese of Renk in the Republic of South Sudan, promising to hold each other in prayer and further committing themselves to their relationship. Rev. Pierce Klemmt has traveled to Sudan three times, twice to Renk and once to Juba.
Christ Church, Glen Allen, 2005 – Present, partners with the Hope and Resurrection Secondary School through Hope for Humanity, Inc.
Church of the Epiphany, Richmond, supports Lire Parish of the Diocese of Kajo – Keji and the Diocese of Mundri. The congregation gives support for education of family members still in Sudan.
Emmanuel, Greenwood, funded construction of the Cathedral and “transitional” school in the Diocese of Ezo and supported Bishop John Zawo.
St. Alban’s, Annandale, supported Renk Basic School and the Rev. Lauren Stanley, missionary for Diocese of Renk.
St. Francis, Great Falls, 2006 – Present, supports St. Francis’ Basic School in Juba and sent a mission team in 2008 and 2013 to visit. They signed a Covenant with the Diocese of Ezo, outlining their commitment to prayer and support for the people of Ezo.
St. George’s, Fredericksburg, supported Larry Duffee in his mission work for the Episcopal Church of Sudan and supported the Hope and Resurrection Secondary School.
St. James’s, Richmond, 2007 – Present, sent a medical mission in 2007, visited the Hope and Resurrection School from 2008 to 2010, and funded a Mustard Seed Clinic in 2011.
St. John the Baptist, Ivy, 2007 – Present, provides support to Hope for Humanity. In 2007, parishioner Brian Hutcherson went on medical mission to the Mustard Seed Clinic with St. James’s, Richmond.
St. Mary’s, Arlington, 2008 – Present, supports Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul and the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Fr. Andrew Merrow attended the enthronement of the Rt. Rev. Daniel Deng Bul in 2008 and the ECS provincial synod in 2011.
St. Paul’s, Alexandria, 1995 – Present, supports Renk Theological College, Renk Basic School, and the Diocese of Renk. Rev. Ross Kane and Rev. Oran Warder visited Diocese of Renk and met with Bishop Joseph Atem in 2010. Rev. Oran Warder attended the ECS provincial synod in 2011. They hold a weekly service for their Sudanese congregation and support the Wycliffe Bible Translators' effort to complete a translation of the bible into the commonly spoken language of South Sudan, the Dinka language.
St. Philip’s, Richmond, supports the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.