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South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. It was the outcome of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The majority of the population adhere to Christianity. Only 18% call themselves Muslim unlike Sudan, which is 97%.
AIM’s work in Sudan began before the civil war, with our first members being invited to work in the country by the Church Mission Society (CMS) in 1949. The initial members were supported by additional couples and between them they quickly set up a medical clinic and a girls’ school. From the early days, the work in Sudan was also helped by African Christian workers sent out from Congo.

South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. It was the outcome of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The majority of the population adhere to Christianity. Only 18% call themselves Muslim unlike Sudan, which is 97%.

Find out more about opportunities to serve in South Sudan

Over the years, civil wars and restrictions placed by the government created difficult conditions. Partial and full expulsions limited the number of AIM personnel in the country and then in the early 1960’s all missionaries were expelled. In 1972 however a peace agreement between south and north Sudan enabled work to be picked up again. The peace was not as permanent as hoped and fighting resumed in the early 1980’s. All AIM members left Sudan in the late 1980’s due to escalating insecurity.

In 2004, with the decline of the war, a gradual re-entry of AIM personnel began. With the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005 the door was opened wider. AIM provides a diverse menu of skills and ministries in South Sudan including nursery, primary, and secondary education, health, literacy in mother tongue, leadership development, theological education, and church planting.

Latest opportunities in South Sudan

  • Building his church - Based in the Torit district of South Sudan, the Lopit practice traditional agriculture, as well as rearing livestock. Traditionally they believe in a supreme god, with spirits interacting with their day to day lives.
  • Mountain mission - Across the valleys, along the plateaus and slopes, and on the adjacent plains of the Didinga hills in South Sudan lives a people group who are still waiting to hear the name of Jesus.
  • Transforming life among the Laarim - Beginning in mid-2019 a new team will be formed to continue church planting efforts among the Laarim people of South Sudan. 
  • Join a football team! - We're looking for a team of people to commit to ministering among the Fur people of South Sudan, primarily by providing football training in schools and among the local community.
  • Join a TIMO team in South Sudan - The vision is for this team to spend two years completing the TIMO curriculum whilst living in Torit, and then for team members to carry on serving in South Sudan, but in more rural contexts, among people who have yet to hear the gospel.

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  • Grow, partner and go… - A new TIMO team began ministry in South Sudan at the end of last year. They share about their location and their vision. 
  • Into the light - The Laarim have been working hard in their garden plots, sowing and cultivating their crops. This year God has blessed the Laarim with very good rains and that means a good harvest. People are always hungry and a lot of them struggle with malnutrition but now, with the good harvest, happiness  is beginning to come back to the eyes of the people. And then this happens… 
  • Remembering Anna - After an intense fight with stomach cancer, on the 18th November 2018 Anna Beckham was called home to find long-awaited rest. Andrew, her husband, shares this tribute.
  • How healthcare brings life in all its fullness - Andrew and Anna Beckham , a doctor and a midwife, share how healthcare is bringing life in all its fullness to the Laarim people.