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The South Sudan United Methodist Church has its origins in the exile of one of its founders, Ugandan William Upendo. The Conference was registered by Ted Warnock and Bishop Daniel Wandabula in 1996.

Since then, 16 churches have been established and more are being created, most in the Central Equatoria State of this East African country, which includes Yei River County and Lainya County.

The Sudanese Church Leaders have set four priorities: to eliminate poverty, improve health, develop local leaders and develop more churches. Scholarships for future church leaders have been established, training for local pastors is offered and vital church and youth outreach ministries supported.

As the hands of Christ in the communities that surround the churches, the South Sudan United Methodist Church is actively engaged in health ministries and helping build and expand Rural Health Care Centers. They provide training and education in conservation, agriculture, business management skills and developing clean water sources.

Education programs, including the support of Salaam United Methodist Primary School as well as nursery and early primary schools in local village churches, are another major ministry effort of the conference. Many of those served by the missions include children left orphaned by AIDS and warfare.  

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