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[WCC] If the human spirit and likeness of God's will for peace with justice for all people is alive in the world, the pilgrim team that visited South Sudan this week has witnessed it.

From 5-9 May, a World Council of Churches “Pilgrim Team” visited South Sudan under the theme “African Women of Faith and Gender Justice.” The delegation was hosted by the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC).

The wounds and pains of the country's people, especially of the women of South Sudan, spoke loudly to the delegation, as they heard stories of sexual violence, rape, sexual exploitation of children, hunger, poverty, economic crisis, prevalence of weapons, and constant fear and insecurity.

Yet in the midst of immense suffering under the shadow of a government that is resistant to properly providing and working for its people, there is rejoicing, praising of God, and acknowledgment of the gifts and blessings that persist.

At a Sunday worship of the Pentecostal Church of Sudan and South Sudan at Juba Christian Center (JCC), one of the churches that the delegation visited on Sunday, a worship leader named Joy led the congregation through prayer, proclaiming, “I may not have food in my stomach, but I can praise the Lord. I may not have a fat bank account, but I can be grateful.”

In addition to worshipping at various local churches, the members of the delegation have also met with women and youth leaders from those churches. They heard of the wide range of activities and projects in which the women are engaged, even as they cry out for an end to violence and the coming of peace. Read more on WCC

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