Sunday, 21 May 2017

BGC Prayer Partners

Hello everyone.
I am now in the final throws of reassembling a BGC Prayer Partners list following the disaster of losing the accumulated contacts over many years at the speed of light in a failed server. 
"Why didn't you keep a back-up?" I have heard over and over again. The answer is that the spam rules obliged me to hand over the management of the list. However, you can be assured that from now on I have a paper file in my drawer in case of future failures.  And whatever happens, I will post updates on this blog.

  • Thank you for praying for Bishop Gwynne College. Your prayers are so much needed and truly valued. The conditions in Juba have deteriorated to the point that it has been impossible to eat more than once a day. But the wonderful dedication of people who are so malnourished is unbelievable. Please pray for income to buy food and also for our administration under so much stress.
  • The college has continued with seventy students. Some students have not been able to return - especially those from Lainya - because of the war. On particular, the roads to the south are not passable. Please continue to pray for all students and staff.
  • The end of May signals the beginning of the exam fortnight and students are coming up to sitting both internal and external exams. Please continue to pray for all the students and staff.
  • Our principal, Samuel Galuak, has managed to respond to an invitation from the South Sudanese community in Grand Rapids, Michigan and he is currently in the USA. We are indebted to the people of Grand Rapids and all who support the college and the staff so well and so consistently. Please pray for Samuel and all our dedicated partners around the world.
  • Please pray also for our academic dean, Elias, and our administrator, Esparansa, as they keep the college running in Samuel's absence. The elderly mother of our late principal, Joseph Taban, and mother-in-law to Esparansa, has recently died. We pray for the family and commend her to God's nearer presence as she is reunited with her son.
  • Lastly, I am delighted to report the recent developments of the Episcopal University. The difficulties are enormous in the present climate, but representatives of the education departments of the ECSSS all managed to come together for a remarkable consultation. The impetus for the development of the university is great. I will present more news of this next time round. 
Thank you for you prayers.
Trevor Stubbs (International Consultant)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

BGC Prayer Partners

FAO of  BGC Prayer Partners
Sadly we have had a major problem with the internet side of things and our list of prayer partners has been deleted! I am trying to reassemble the list by trawling through my old addresses.
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Despite South Sudan (including Juba) being in the grip of ever worsening conditions, BGC remains open with 70 students on roll. Food is proving a major problem but we are on course for the exams at the end of next month. Your prayers are greatly valued.
More news later.

Thanks
Trevor Stubbs
BGC International consultant

Sunday, 19 February 2017

BGC Update

Dear BGC Prayer Partners,
Thank you for your prayers for BGC. They are so important. Things are desperately hard in Juba at present especially on the food front - there simply is not enough to go around. Price inflation is huge. Please pray for the college and everyone else in South Sudan. Pray that the roads may become safe and be re- opened, and that there may be sufficient security as this wet season approaches for successful planting.
Below is the latest from our principal, Samuel.
Blessings,
Trevor

Almost all students have reported back to the college and classes are on already. Except one of the students from the Diocese of Yirol who got held up by a case related to his plot which someone was grabbing. 
Otherwise the college is running except the enormous challenges posed on us by South Sudan's economic downturn. Food prices in the market are unbearable, for example in the last one bag of rice (50kgs) used to be SSP 2500  and now it is  SSP5000! We are badly stretched at all sides. I have been trying to knock some doors locally here in Juba to find ways of getting enough foods for our students but almost every entity is pressed hard like BGC. At least for now, our students have a little to share within March but I don't know what April and May will hold for us. 
One thing that is keeping us is that BGC is the college of God and God will take care of it.
Thanks for keeping us in your prayer and being on our side. 
Blessings,

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

TEE Programme in Uganda

It all began in Kakuma Refugee Camp, North Eastern Kenya where most of the people did not have future plans or dreams to follow. A few who made use of their time then are now helpful. When the Theological Education by Extension program reached Kakuma under the auspice of New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC) in late 1998, it was sought to be a window of learning the ways of God. I was too registered with Sudan Interior Mission church. Evangelist Daniel Yor Akech, (now the Commission of Melut County) was our TEE Tutor. A deep sense of desiring to learn theology became stronger I was able to consistently read the materials assigned and attend TEE group discussions for two years.