Growth in S.Sudan Pastor Training Programme

Elias Pastor training South Sudan AIDThis January, Elias (right) became the second diploma graduate of Bishop Gwynne College (BGC), Juba, South Sudan, to travel to Cape Town to undertake a three-year theology degree at George Whitefield College (GWC), Cape Town. This is part of AID’s partnership with CORE Training and Development which is training faculty and students from BGC so that they can, in turn, train pastors in South Sudan. Elias greatly valued his time at BGC saying that through the course he learned a lot about God, how to interpret the Bible and how to preach. He is now able to undertake a higher level of training at GWC, which will further equip him for ministry.

“I want to be a minister of Christ… but I realised it’s not easy if you don’t go for Bible College.” Elias

Studying at GWC

We are delighted that, one year on, this project has doubled and are excited to watch how the students get on. JJ Deng (below), a faculty member of BGC, started his course at GWC last January. Summarising his first year he said:

“I am pleased to have learned more skills especially in public speaking class and preaching theory and practice, as well as other subjects including: biblical theology and doctrine, weekly fellowship groups and weekend Bible study and church participation as well… I can’t wait to [take] this precious knowledge I have assimilated and give it to my people.”


After three years of training, JJ and Elias will return to South Sudan to train pastors.


  • Please give thanks for all who gave financially to enable these students to study at GWC.
  • Pray for JJ and Elias to grow in their knowledge of, and love for, the Lord Jesus and in wisdom and skill in preaching God’s word and training up others.
  • Pray that this project will help to strengthen the Church in South Sudan by providing godly and faithful Church leaders.