Mission Study Resources
Members of the United Methodist Women in Yei, Southern Sudan, pray in a circle after working together to prepare a plot of land for planting vegetables-all part of a food security project for the group. Many of them widows, the women live precariously but at peace after having returned from refugee camps in neighboring Uganda and the Congo in recent years. A 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement laid the foundations for peace in Sudan's south after decades of war. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
Materials from United Methodist Women
- Response April 2009- Sudan
- Geographic Study of Sudan for 2009-2010, The Beauty and Courage of Sudan
- The Sudan Project
- Map & Facts
- Piece Work / Peace Work, Sudan Children's Study
- When Freedom? Sudan in Captivity -- DVD
"Women in Southern Sudan: Claiming a Peace Dividend," by Paul Jeffrey for Response Magazine, April 2009. (PDF, 1M)
“African Americans: Standing Vigil for Darfur,” by Yvette Moore for Response Magazine, April 2009. (PDF, 486K)
“Rape: A Tool of War in Sudan,” by Paul Jeffrey for Response Magazine, October 2005. (PDF, 1.4M)
“The Wars of Sudan” by Alex De Waal. From The Nation, March 19, 2007.
Photo by Paul Jeffrey
Pasik singing (MP3, 6MB)
Yei United Methodist Church children singing (MP3, 1.6MB)
“Touch the World, Touch Sudan,” produced by the Program Committee on Education for Mission of the National Council of Churches of Christ. View online.
“Gifts of Hope: UMCOR in Darfur,” DVD produced by UMCOR General Board of Global Ministries.
Physicians for Human Rights created Darfuriwomen.org, showcasing videos of the women of Darfur and their experiences.
The Sounds of Sudan
These recordings have a way of reminding us that one day, peace and reconciliation might be realities in all of Sudan, north and south, and people will be able to return to their ancestral homes as so many of them say they wish to do.
Salma el Assal, the “Aretha Franklin of Sudan,” on Youtube.
Sudan: Desert Rhythms and Savannah Harmonies. The Rough Guide to the Music of Sudan, produced by World Music Network, 2005. This album of desert rhythms has tracks that resemble the music of drummers and singers at El Ferdous, a camp for internally displaced persons in South Darfur.
Sudanese Music Online. The Smithsonian Folkways web site offers downloads of Sudanese music for a modest fee.
Images of Sudan
The beauty and complexity of Sudan in pictures by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist missionary whose calling as a photojournalist leads him to the world’s hot spots. See photo galleries online.
Photos by Paul Jeffrey:
United Methodist Statements on Sudan
United Methodist reports, resolutions and statements on Darfur/Sudan, from General Conferences 2004 and 2008. Read the full texts.
Global Church Statements on Sudan
World Council of Churches. “Executive Committee Statement on Sudan.” Issued at Geneva May 19, 2006.
“Peace in Sudan May Take a Long Time.” Interview with Marina Peter, WCC Sudan expert, by Juan Michel. World Council of Churches feature released July 31, 2008.