Focus on: South Sudan

Andrea and Jordan Scotland have been missionaries in South Sudan since 2005 and are now country leaders there.  

One of the realities that we are now facing is that it is hard to receive and keep missionaries from the Global North on the field in places as challenging and remote as the villages in South Sudan. Most villages do not have electricity, running water, permanent homes or anything even close to a market; most of the population lives on subsistence farming and learning a local language is a must for survival. 

Parachuting western missionaries into that environment can be hard for both the missionaries and those they live among. Parity is often just not possible. So instead, more and more of our focus is shifting towards mobilising the local church to send out missionaries. It has been exciting to watch the Africa Inland Church (AIC) grow in its vision to reach the lost and send out missionaries. Many conversations with church leaders are focusing on mission. Training of local missionaries is starting to happen. South Sudanese missionaries are starting to go and live missionally in communities where there is no church. This is exciting! We are praying for the Holy Spirit to pour fuel on this fire.  

What will mission look like 15 years from now? I don’t know, but I expect it will involve believers from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and yes, the Global North, working in partnership to reach the farthest corners of this nation and beyond.  

Related stories

Joining the team

Sally* joined AIM’s Community Outreach team which partnered with Derek and Claire’s* church to support and encourage them in reaching out to their local, multicultural community.  

> Read more

Befriending the community

“Our church has always sought to meet and reach out into the community, ever since it was founded in the early 1800s. We are not a comfy church. We’re a small congregation, who are mission-minded, and everyone gets involved. Most of us are retired and we have seen a lot of changes in our local area over the years.”

> Read more
FindYourFit

There are so many ways you can be a part of reaching Africa's unreached peoples with the good news of Jesus Christ.