A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa

Kadugli 2019

Kadugli cathedrarl 2019









After 22 years of civil war in which an estimated 2 million people died and a further 4 million were displaced from their homes, Sudan (then the largest country in Africa) divided in July 2011 into two states, Sudan and South Sudan. The people of North Sudan are predominantly Arab in language and Muslim by religion. The people of South Sudan are predominantly Christians of the Dinka tribe. Conflict continues in the western region of Darfur, and in the disputed border area of South Kordofan and the Nuba mountains, where the people are Christian but find themselves living on the north side of the border.

Diocese of Kadugli, Nuba Mountains (from 2010)

The Diocese of Kadugli is located in the Nuba Mountains, to the north of the border. One of 24 Anglican dioceses in the Sudan, it was established in 1976 and now has 68 clergy and over 20,000 members, with a population of 5.5 million. Deeply affected by the civil war, Kadugli has been left without infrastructure and lacks basic resources. Rooted in Jesus was translated into Arabic for use within the diocese.

The team reported: "Unsurprisingly, with [the secession referendum] looming, the atmosphere was a little tense. We counted it a privilege to be in the Diocese for ‘such a time as this’. The clergy responded enthusiastically to renewal teaching and the potential of Rooted in Jesus. A sound structure and strategy for implementation and accountability was arranged by the bishop, and a follow-up visit arranged for January 2012."

However, after the division of the country into north and south, government armed forces wereactive in the area. Churches were targeted, and the new Anglican cathedral burnt down. Many Christians were killed, and many more fled their homes.

IIn October 2019 it was again possible to travel to Kadugli, and a team from the linked Deanery of Bradford upon Avon accepted an invitation from Bishop James Hassan to lead a further Rooted in Jesus training conference. Team leader Andrew Evans writes:

"The churches in Kadugli city have undergone a very difficult time in the war, and they described all Christians as being the targets for the military under the previous regime. As such all the denominations have almost blended into one, as the churches clung together in the face of persecution. The Christians in Kadugli were amazed that six white people from England had been allowed to travel there, and they shared that it was an encouragement more than they could put into words that we had come to express our solidarity with them as brothers and sisters in Christ.

"The RinJ teaching was enthusiastically received. The delegates readily accepted the need for discipling in the churches and were keen to start the programme. Andrew tells of some powerful prophetic words sent by an intercessor in Holt, and a number of remarkable healings: “every time we invited the Holy Spirit to come, more and more people were released.  This was of particular significance for a man who responded to a word about giving ‘locked up hurts (from long ago) to God’ and that God was ready to take them and replace them with joy. As he was wailing and crying out in response it revealed the release of some very deep and unspeakable pain. The next morning the same man was singing his heart out, dancing for joy up and down the aisles – face beaming with smiles. Most surely God had released him and given him some new peace.”

Since the conference there has been both additional rebel activity in South Kordofan, and the challenges of the Covid pandemic. But in April 2021 Coordinator Babuj Simon reported that not only had groups continued to meet in some areas, but that group members had taken part in a successful outreach to an area which has had no Christian witness for over fifty years.


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