News from Gereif Bible School
The Sudan Partnership Leadership Team is happy to report that when we talked in July by phone with Daniel Hamad, the principal of Gereif Bible School, he surprised us with the news that the school was planning to begin this year’s term on August 15th. The school sustained significant damage to much equipment and some buildings, and monies stored in safes was stolen. By far the most significant loss was to books and other resources in the library which is estimated at about a quarter of a million dollars. Our contacts at the school have given us estimates that the other losses mentioned above amount to about $20,000. We are hoping to raise a significant part of this with the Celebrate Sudan 2012 offering. We are pleased that the work of Gereif Bible School is going forward in spite of the hardships brought about through the attack this spring. The training done at Gereif and Komo Bible Schools is so important. Bill Anderson, long time missionary in Sudan with his wife Lois, has said that the evangelists trained in these schools has been the key element in SPECs growth.
Celebrate Sudan 2012 – World Communion Sunday
This year’s Celebrate Sudan event will take place on the evening of World Communion Sunday (October 7th) at East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City. Sessions need to vote to authorize the Celebrate Sudan offering which we hope can be received at our churches’ World Communion services the morning of October 7th. You may want to make sure that steps along these lines are being taken at your church. Information and promotional materials about the Celebrate Sudan event will be mailed to churches in early in September. We hope many people from our churches will attend this informative and exciting event.
Join the “Sudan Celebration Choir”
Calling all who like to sing to be part of the “Sudan Celebration Choir” which will sing at the Celebration at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 7th. Practices will be: Sunday evening, September 30th – 7 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road. There will be a practice before the program on Sunday, October 7th at East Main Presbyterian Church at 5:30 PM. The anthem is based on an African folk song and is entitled “He Is Mine”. Those interested in singing should come to one or both of these rehearsals so that we might make a beautiful sound of praise together. For more information, contact Jane Bartholomew at 724-981-2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.