What Is the WRF and What Does It Do?
Assistance to the Church in South Sudan
One of the ministries of WRF is to help and encourage young churches in remote places in developing countries on the continents of Africa and Asia.
In this regard, the Sudanese Reformed Churches (SRC) will be celebrating their 25th year of existence during the first week of December 2017. The first seeds of this church started in an IDP refugee camp on the outskirts of Khartoum in 1992. In the midst of Muslim persecution and devastating tribal wars in South Sudan, these seeds have grown through the years to a denomination now consisting of 16 local congregations. They are also a registered denominational member of World Reformed Fellowship
In the civil war of 2013-2014 they again went through tragic afflictions:
- 27 of their church members were killed, including 2 pastors, 5 evangelists, 4 elders and 1 deacon. Many church members fled the country.
- Many of those who remained in the country have lost all their property.
- Three church buildings (made from local materials) were completely burnt down.
- 7 churches properties were ransacked – items such as chairs, pulpits, cupboards, tables, sound systems, keyboards and their only two mission vehicles were looted.
- Many church members are deeply traumatized by this merciless violence.
The Reformed Churches in South Africa, another denominational member of the WRF, established a relief fund and sent R100,000. (US $7300.) to the SRC.
In response to a specific request from the Sundanese Reformed Churches, the WRF arranged to have written a history of the denomination and, on 10 December, Dr. Flip Buys, the third International Director of the WRF, will present copies of this publication to them at their celebration worship service on the 10th of December in Juba. A .pdf version of this history is attached to this article.
The World Reformed Fellowship is thankful that Mr. Jan Lynzaad from South Africa worked through historical documents and archives to compile this material which will make an important contribution to the history of Christianity in Sudan. We pray that this effort of WRF and the presence of Dr. Flip Buys at their anniversary celebrations will encourage our brothers and sisters living “in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom they shine as lights in the world, to hold fast to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15–16).