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We are proud to announce that the LPGM board of directors has approved a new partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church Africa Mission in South Sudan (ELCAMSS), supporting St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Academy in Alabek, South Sudan.

South Sudan is the newest country in the world—gaining independence in 2011—and is suffering significant growing pains after years of civil war. Violence continues to ravage the country, making assistance from outside resources critical to its growth and development.

Started by Mawein Ariik—a former pastor at Zion Lutheran in Anoka, Minnesota and “Lost Boy of Sudan” —St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Academy is in Mawein’s home region.

After South Sudan gained its independence, Mawien dreamed of returning there to minister through churches and schools.

He says, “Dear brothers and sisters, I am really happy and I thank God you see what I am doing. That is why you are working hard to find a way to support what I am doing. Thanks very much and I appreciate your support.”

The campus in Akook, Alabek, began with a church and four small classrooms. Three classes currently meet under trees. The school now enrolls 280 students, from first through seventh grade. Small Lutheran congregations—Little Zion and St. John’s—have also been established in neighboring villages.

Construction has begun or will soon begin on a latrine building and a food storage facility.

Please join with us in prayer, thanksgiving and support for this important ministry!

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