MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES      

          The ECS Diocese of Nzara is looking for businesses, individuals, NGO's and churches to partner with in helping to further the development of Nzara County and Western Equatoria State in which it is located.  Our God given vision is to help all of God's people in this place of great need and not just members of our own church.  We believe in what we call "holistic ministry" that would seek to enlighten the minds, strengthen the physical bodies and fullfill each individuals emotional needs. We believe we have the administrative capacity to fullfill this mission.  We invite you to consider what has already happened in Nzara by God's grace and what could happen.

        The Diocese of Nzara borders are contiguous with those of the County of Nzara.  It is now quite peaceful and beginning to prosper.  The perople of Nzara are, however very poor and in great need especially as compared to other parts of Africa, the Developed world or even of Sudan of which it was once part.  Forty years of civil war, colonial era neglect of the area and its distance from the center of the new nation of South Sudan have combined to make this situation a reality.  The ECS Dioceses of Nzara has, in a very short time established the capacity to partner with the government, various NGO's and individuals to develop what we call holistic ministry projects.  These include the building and operation of quality schools, the estblishment of superior health care facilities, the establishment of land development projects on the large tracts of land we own, the building of permanent church buildings, and the provision of permanent job opportunities. 

        The needs are great.  The primary schools run by the Governemnt of South Sudan in Nzara Co often have 80 to 90 enrolled  pupils and the vast majority do not have cement floors, desks or benches, windows or electricity.  Many hold classes under trees or in grass roofed temporary structures.  Teachers and students often show up late or not at all and teaching materials are few.  Yet there is a great desire for all children to go to school. It is now estimated that 85% of all primary age children are enrolled in school compared to 15% but five years ago.

        Similarily there is a great need for better medical facilities.  If a child has an appendix attack they die, a mother needing a Cesarian dies and a teen involved in a bad road accident dies.  This is because the local hospital does not do operations.  The maternal death rate in Western Equatoria State is the highest in the world.  The death rate for children under five is one in four. Jobs of any sort are few and far between.  Virtually all the church buildings have thatch roofs that must be replaced often because of the devastation wrought by white ants.  This means, of course, that there is no permanent place for a community to come together for worship, to safely store valuable community assets, for education or to discuss common concerns. 

         The ECS Diocese in 2010 brought together tribal leaders, political officials, youth and elder representatives aas well as clergy and lay persons in several meetings to hammer out a Vision Statement for itself and what needed to be done to accomplish this vision. Being a brand new Diocese and having to start from scratch made the challenge facing Nzara Diocese truly great.  The Diocese began by trying to get its administrative house in order.  In 2011, in just ten months, Diocesan Offices, a large Training Center and a home for the Bishop were all constructed.  A competent Diocesan staff was appointed, financial controls put in place, a web site established and computer access secured.  Various tukals or huts were reconditioned for rudimentary, but more than adequate, visitor facilities. A five ton Izusu dump truck, various hand tools and two cemment block making machines were aquired to make all of this initial construction both affordable and to insure that it was of the highest quality.      

        Once the administrative framework was put in place the Diocese of Nzara began to reach out to the large community with what its Vision Plan calls "holistic ministry projects." The first such project was to build, with the help of TEAM International, the initial building for what, in S. Sudan, is called a Primary Health Care Center or PHCC.  We also reconditioned a PHC Unit in the village of Yabua.  We then proceeded to find the funds to furnish the building (private individuals), stock its pharmacy (the government and Salisbury UK Diocese), equip its laboratory (ECS Province) and hire the 6 quality staff (the Humanitarian Fund) that we needed to run it.  Before we even opened the first building the Christian Health Association of Sudan (CHAS) gave some of the funds we needed to build a second building for maternal care, HIV-AIDs detectionand counceling and minor surgical procedures are done. The PHCC now serves more than 500 patients a month.  In March 2012 it distributed free of charge 340 mosquito nets for the use of children.  In conjunction with the opening of the PHCC we trained 43 Community Health Care Workers and gave them uniforms and bikes.  The focus of their work is the prevention of maternal deaths and HIV-AIDs detection and counceling. 

        Another holistic ministy project has been the founding of St. Timothy's School.  It has grown from a pre-school with one teacher serving 30 pupils but two years ago into a school that now serves 175 students in Pre-School through Priamary-Two Clsses and has three teachers. Grants have been applied to build four new classrooms.  A new pre-school with over 65 pupils has also been established at the Western edge of the Diocese in Rangasi during this last year.  The Diocese was once part of the neighboring Yambio Diocese which had 43 schools during the war period.  When independence came, the government, in stark contrast to what is done in much of Africa,  took over all the schools.  The teachers prior to this time had all been volunteers and the government indicated that all of them would now have to be paid salaries.  The church could not afford to pay these salaries.  Three of the government run schools in the Diocese now operate on Church owned land.  It is the intent of Nzara Diocese to eventually take these schools back under its wings at such time as it can provide a quality program.

       Yet a third intiative toward Holistic Ministry Projects is the establishment of the Computer Center.  It is a small operation as of now with but six work stations and four computers.  Three other computer stations in the Diocesan Offices are available in the afternoons to those needing internet access.  The center has regular computer classes, a copier/scanner for the dublication of documents and a phone/computer/camera/ radio battery recharging center.  It is the only such facility in Nzara at the present time.  The diocese has provided education for one of its staff to manage the center and teach the classes. 

       Wholistic Ministry Projects consist of much more than bricks and mortar projects.  The diocese in its new Training Center, and with the use of its growing number of visitor accomadation facilities, regularly hosts a number of workshops on all kinds of subjects.  Flame International has come from the UK to train peer councelors to meet the needs of persons who have been tramatizaed by the Lord's Risistance Army attacks.  An ECS provincial agricultural expert conducted a workshop for 30 persons  on how to increase the yeilds of local farm plots. Some twenty seven women have been trained to operate and maintain tredle operated sewing machines that groups of three have been given.  Forty three persons have had two weeks of sessions on how to handle their responsibilities as Community Health Outreach Workers.  Coaches and referees have been trained on how to manage a Youth Football League.  Twenty Traditional Birth Attendants have been given equipment and training to better do their jobs.  Various workshops to train leaders of small spiritual renewal groups and bring clergy and laypeople together for decision making are a common occurance.

      In the near future we are interested in finding partners for some big and some very small projects.  These include such things as:

1.  The Building of a fully modern Visitors Center with tile floors, full baths, air conditioning, WIFI and a resteraunt for food service.  Such a building's facilities, along with our existing guest facilities, would allow us to host small meetings and workshops (20 to 30 persons) fro various NGO's, Businesses, the United Nations and the Church.  The Business Plan for this facility demonstrates that the charges for the accomadations would allow the Diocese to become self sufficient by by producing from $20,000 to $30,000 annually.  Nzara wants to become the first S. Sudan Diocese to become self sufficient. Monies could be used to challenge parishes to replace their grass roofs, start an assistance program for retired clergy, pay small stipends to diocesan staff, provide small subsidies to various ministry programs, etc.

2.  The Diocese is not interested in just opening more school buildings.  It is interested in quality education.  This means finding accredited and well motivated teachers, providing quality educational materials and equipment, insisting on good classroom and school grounds behavior and finally on adeuate buildings.  Within ten years we would hope to operate three quality primary schools and one high school.

3.  Sufficient, clean and accesible water is one of the biggest concerns of the people of Nzara.  We would like to have a hand dug well that is sufficiently deep and well constructed in every smaller parish and at least four professionally drilled wells with water distribution systems in the larger parishes.  Provision of clean water would do more to protect the health of our communities than anything else anyone  could possible do. 

4.  Build a Surgery Center with the transportation capabilities, hospital rooms, and staff that would allow the Diocese to literally save thousands of lives.  We have hospitals what we need is competent and experienced general surgeons, trained staff and facilities to do the most common of surgeries.  Such a proposal requires that we have staff accomadations that are sufficently attractive to draw the quality of staff we need to this part of S. Sudan.   

5. We need competent volunteers who are able to contribute two weeks, a month or six months to meet specific needs.  Such persons may have computer, medical, building, teaching, administrative, etc.  skills that could be used to address specific needs that could be identified.  The diocese does not have sufficient revenues to support such volunteers so they should expect to give not only of their time and skills but also towards the cost of their support while they are here.  Many such volunteers have in the past combined their service with a trip to the game parks in Kenya or Tanzania.  The guest faciliteis are quite comfortable, the food good, the environment safe and the personal rewards truly great. Please see Visitors Information on the drop down of our Home Page for more facts and comments.