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The ECSSSUP Trustees and Advisors thank you for your continued support this year and wish you a peaceful Christmas.

In our final newsletter of 2021, read reflections from our Chair, Eeva John, following her recent trip to Juba, and one of our supporters, Peter Ensor, who has been teaching at Bishop Gwynne College in Juba.

And don't forget, our website has been given an update! Check it out here.
From left to right: Suzy Voga (ECSSSUP Trustee), Philip Abiel (Principal of St John's College Wau), James Lule (Principal of Kajo Keji Christian College), Joseph Bilal (TEU Deputy Vice Chancellor), Eeva John (ECSSSUP Chair) in Juba November 2021
A reflection from Eeva John on her visit to Juba in November 2021

Two years apart is too long! It was my privilege to travel to Juba in November again: nothing replaces meeting face to face with our TEU partners in South Sudan. It was good to hear about the challenges and achievements of the last two years. Just a few days before the Provincial Synod, Archbishop Justin Badi (Chancellor) found time to meet and talk about important strategic developments for the University: watch this space!
Vicky Alur (pictured above right), Finance Manager, and her colleague Evelyn Scopas (pictured above left), walked me through the exemplary financial and administrative systems that had been established since we last met. These are now being joined up with those of participating colleges and represents a major step forward.
Meeting with two college Principals - Philip Abiel (St John’s College Wau) and James Lule (Kajo Keji Christian College) - reminded me of the need to intensify our communication and partnership working. And finally, it was great to meet Suzan Voga-Duffee in person for the first time! She has been on our Advisory Board and has recently become an ECSSSUP Trustee.

The efforts of the staff team to raise money from within South Sudan are impressive. At the Sunday service in the Cathedral, I saw the envelopes for donations to TEU being distributed and used.  Unused office space has been rented out to generate income and TEU staff give of their own salaries to help meet operational costs.
Archbishop Justin Badi Arama (left) - Chancellor of TEU and Revd Dr  Joseph Bilal (right) - Deputy Vice Chancellor of TEU
Taking off from Juba, I asked myself, how can we encourage others to catch the vision for The Episcopal University and its role in rebuilding South Sudan? How can we mirror something of the commitment and sacrifice – of time, money and skills – that is so evident in our sisters and brothers working for The Episcopal University of South Sudan?

We need your help to...

  • Find someone with the right experience and knowledge to take on the role of Vice Chancellor in Juba for 3 years
  • Raise funds that cover salaries and operational costs for TEU central staff until financial sustainability is reached
  • Find sponsors for TEU and college staff who are studying towards higher qualifications in Uganda and Kenya
Thank you for your continued prayers and support over 2021. There's always more to do to make this dream a reality. Bring on 2022!
Peter Ensor is serving at Bishop Gwynne College, a constituent college of the Episcopal University of South Sudan, at Juba. The College has about 150 full-time residential students who are training for ordained ministry within the Episcopal Church. Peter writes...
I have just completed my first semester at Bishop Gwynne College in Juba, during which I have been teaching two New Testament courses to first and fourth-year students. I was initially invited to teach at the College for six months, but at the end of the semester the invitation was extended to include next semester to the end of June 2022.

I would be grateful, therefore for your prayers, especially that I might continue to enjoy good health, that I might have sufficient time to prepare for the courses I will be invited to teach, and that the teaching I give will enable the students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to fulfil fruitful ministries in the coming years.
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