In a joint effort with the church in South Dakota, Pajut is well into its rebuilding efforts. Water wells are working, new milling equipment frees the village girls from hours of subsistence labor so they can attend the new school, and the Episcopal Church of the Sudan congregation has new Dinka language Prayer Books and Hymnals, thanks in good measure to Bishop John Tarrant's request that each congregation in the Diocese of South Dakota send $15 to buy a book.
The village wants to start compensating its volunteer school teachers. I received the following email when I sent a query about needs,
"Presently, the teachers are volunteering Our 'Wish List' includes being able to pay each one $400/month. They will, however, appreciate any pay we can give them as anything is better than nothing! And, they are truly appreciative of whatever we are able to provide to them."
There are several ways to give:
1) You can use the PayPal feature on this blog page (right side, toward the top). I have established a designated item in my parish budget for this project, so you will receive an acknowledgment from Church of the Good Shepherd. Be sure to note "Sudan Project" on the note line of your PayPal donation.
2) You can send checks to
Church of the Good Shepherd
2707 W. 33rd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
3) You can also send checks to
The Diocese of South Dakota
Moses' School Project/Teacher Salary
500 South Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6814
All gifts are a blessing. Even modest gifts, given regularly, can add up to make a big difference in Pajut.
Thanks in advance for all prayers, gifts and encouragements, and for beings brothers and sisters in Christ across this land and around the world.