Bishop Gwynne College, Juba
The Church in South Sudan is large in number but most pastors have had little, if any, training. However, Bishop Gwynne College (BGC) is an active theological college in Juba that has a long-standing history in South Sudan. BGC has trained most of the leading clergy and bishops of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan. It began in the early 1900s, but suffered, like most of the nation, during the two 20-year civil wars and was torn down, deserted and later rebuilt. As a result, most faculty members have not had the opportunity to be educated beyond diploma level and this limits the training which they can offer. Bolstering this existing structure will be invaluable in strengthening the nation’s Church.
The CASSS, working with partners, has been able to support the training of faculty members to be better teachers of students at Bishop Gwynne College. In January 2016, John Jal Dang, a graduate of BGC and its librarian, was able to travel to Cape Town to begin a three-year theology degree.
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The CASSS has been supporting John through his studies, who writes:
‘The situation is fragile and even pastors are not safe to travel around and preach due to the tribal war that has caused hatred amongst the people. However, we want to make sure that the Church stands firm and continues to preach peace as a neutral body. Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ without fear would greatly have a positive impact in the lives of our people. I trust the Church is the possible solution to the crisis we have in our country. Therefore, it is a tremendous privilege to study at George Whitefield College and go home fully equipped.’