For many years now South Sudan has been a war zone, first for independence from North Sudan, which was achieved in 2015, and now civil wars between tribes. There are a significant number of Reformed Churches, but they are in serious need of pastors.
However, through a sponsorship of a Presbyterian Church in North America, two young men from South Sudan recently arrived at Mukhanyo this year to start their BTh studies!
They have hair-raising stories to tell. As a child, Stephan Benykwack fled with his family through North Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and ended in the Netherlands where the family became members of the Christian Reformed Church. But his father was homesick and they returned to South Sudan. After hearing of Mukhanyo, his pastor decided he should study here.
Deng Garang also had to flee the war, from North Sudan to the Uganda border in the south. He was converted after a Reformed youth conference. He started evangelizing and soon realised that he needed to know far more about the Bible.
The two arrived at the end of January and are staying in Mukhanyo’s hostel in KwaMhlanga. They are coping well with their studies and the English language (their home language is Arabic), and they are working hard.
Please pray that the Lord will bless them and enable them to complete their studies so that they are equipped with a sound biblical and theological knowledge to spread the Word once they return to South Sudan.
Over and above the two South Sudanese students, Mukhanyo’s full-time theological students include two from Zimbabwe and one each from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Swaziland.