The country of South Sudan achieved independence in 2011 but was plunged back into civil war soon after. Today, famine has been officially declared and over 100,000 people are at risk of starvation.
Over 2 million people have been displaced, fleeing the violence that has taken the lives of close to 400,000. The country is facing a serious humanitarian crisis and is number 181 out of 188 on the Human Development Index. Just over the border in Uganda, 1.4 million South Sudanese refugees are living in tents—hoping to return to their country, but facing an unsure future. They have been through unspeakable trauma, and 84% are women and children; many households are child-headed, with no adults to protect them.
Currently, a cease-fire has been declared and there is hope that South Sudan may be able to welcome its people back one day soon. In the meantime, The Lulu Tree’s national team is working in the refugee camps providing support and encouragement to pastors, holding prayer clinics, and helping churches organize local crusades in preparation for returning home.
About the SS Team & Mission
The Lulu Tree only ever goes where God calls it. And Yahweh calls by first asking us to fast and pray for 40 days for a specific country. This is what happened with South Sudan, and now a team of three Ugandan men travel monthly to Adjumani and South Sudan to encourage the churches and come alongside pastors who are helping their people. Learn more here.
The Refugee Camps
Nestled along the South Sudan/Uganda border are three major refugee camps filled with millions of men, women and children who’ve been displaced during the war. This was our first point of contact — to connect with a pastor in the camps who was widely respected and already making an effort to help his people. Meet Pastor Santos — a man with a heart to reconcile his tribes. Go here to learn more.