Not far from her home, Elizabeth* was raped and impregnated by a young man who wanted her as his wife.
Barely a month later, she was brutally beaten by the man’s brother. Elizabeth didn’t want to be a part of such a violent family. She felt so hopeless that she tried to end her life.
She failed, but her family was devastated. They didn’t know what to do.
The tragic reality is that South Sudan has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world – which is often used as a weapon of war. Directly opposite to God’s good plan, this has many serious short- and long-term consequences on a woman’s physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Thankfully not long after Elizabeth’s tragic event, a female church leader named Nyamlel heard about Elizabeth’s story and was determined to help. She was one of the 1,100 pastors and leaders that were trained in Tearfund’s biblically-based trauma recovery and healing curriculum in the past 2 years.
Thanks to your support, Nymalel was able to come alongside Elizabeth and her family and help them find some light in the midst of darkness. While the family is pursuing justice, they are also learning to forgive the men who
attacked Elizabeth as a result of Nymalel’s counselling.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to our church partners, but that didn’t stop them courageously entering into the mission God has given them. Our local partner, CEDS, organized six learning sessions at a local radio station focusing on sexual violence, trauma and the role of the church. Over 45,000 people in the area tuned into the broadcasts! Despite the pandemic in South Sudan, we’ve seen leaders in 10 more churches become trained in Biblically-based trauma care. Supporters like you are changing the story for women and girls like Elizabeth.
Churches are showing the love of Christ to their sisters who are healing from physical and emotional pain. They are reaching out to their Muslim neighbours bringing hope. In 2021, will continue to bring hope and healing to even more women through the persistent power of the local church.
Your donations are crucial to helping us to continue the training of church leaders in sexual violence counseling and prevention in South Sudan.