Update 2 from South Sudan

March 12, 2015

Greetings from Yei, South Sudan, We are enjoying our work providing basic theological training to local UM pastors.  Though most of them have received little formal education, they have received our instruction with grace and enthusiasm.  Heidi Campbell Robinson, Lory Beth Huffman, and Rennie Salata have been indispensible to the work of the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative.  With their help, these South Sudanese pastors have planned worship, learned about spiritual disciplines, pastoral authority, and preaching.  From Duke Divinity School, Warren Smith has taught about "The African Roots of Christianity" in concert with Tom McGlothlin's presentation of "The Gospels: Four Profiles of Jesus."  Together we have discovered that even though this arm of the UMC is new and relatively small, they are vital, resilient, and committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of their communities, their nation, and the world.  We will begin our journey back to North Carolina, Saturday.? Warren Smith Associate Professor of Historical Theology Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC Here are some more photos and excerpts from our group in South Sudan: (The first Update can be seen here) [caption id="attachment_1970" align="alignnone" width="300"]Rennie South Sudan teaching pastors- Rennie Salata[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1971" align="alignnone" width="220"]sudan Prayers around the table (photo by Rennie Salata)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1972" align="alignnone" width="300"]Warren Smith Day 3- South Sudan- Warren Smith is teaching away on Clement of Alexandria![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1973" align="alignnone" width="225"]sudan2 Good night! My nest under my Imagine No Malarla mosquito net! (Which I am thankful for!)- Lory Beth Huffman[/caption]