Celebrating Over 30 Years of Service
to the People of South Sudan
The South Sudan African Mission
began in 1988 when IDES
(International Disaster Emergency
Service) of Noblesville, IN sent
Paul and Marilyn Douglass to
As a result of South Sudan African Mission, Aweil Bible College was founded and
in 2007 with eighteen in the first graduating class. To date there has been over
75 graduates. The Malek Christian Hospital, funded by SSAM, opened their doors
in October 2009.
Thanks for the Memories!
Thanks for the memories! I have been a part of the mission
since 2009 and I have made numerous trips to Africa. What
an adventure! I told the SSAM board of directors three or
four years ago that I would serve as Executive Director until
age 70; 70 came and went! In December I chaired my last
board meeting and announced my resignation effective
Deanna and I continue to pray for the mission, and I intend to
continue as a supporter, encourager, mentor, and teacher as
opportunities arise and our health remains good. May God bless
South Sudan African Mission and each of us as we continue to
support Bev and the SSAM board and our indigenous leaders on
the fi eld in South Sudan.
<<< Steve Holsinger speaking at
the 2019 Aweil Bible College
2020 In Review
Like many of us, our lives were dramatically altered because of COVID-19 in 2020. Bev
was able to speak at Hope Summit Christian Church in Rochester in March and at Northland
Christian Church in Kansas City in September. In spite, of not being able to visit churches,
attend Winema Week of Missions or ICOM, we have had a very good year financially and from
all reports the church in South Sudan has continued to grow.
In April, an appeal was made for face masks since they were nearly impossible to obtain
in South Sudan. Bev put on her Facebook page the need for masks, and over 500 masks
were able to be shipped to South Sudan. The masks were distributed to the citizens of
South Sudan including government offi cials and according to Dr. John, made a positive
impact on the country.
Students in front of Aweil Bible College
in Malek, South Sudan
We look forward to being able to travel again to churches and attend conferences in 2021.
Dear sister Bev and the team in the USA,
I hope this email fi nds you well.
Everyone at Malek Mission Compound is busy teaching and orientation of new
students. We have been developing semester lectures as we started teaching since
Monday. Students will need uniform and sustainability of their feeding programs in the
months to come. We urge all of you that we are counting on your faithful support. Each
and every student is extending their heartfelt greetings to the supporters in the USA.
Concerning the number of baptisms, we have been recording our baptism since
January 2020. After launching a mobile medical clinic till we were interrupted in April,
94 new converts and believers were baptized in
the period of three months. We had 33 baptisms at
Wathmuok Church of Christ around June/July 2020
and 13 baptisms around September/October 2020.
25 new believers were baptized in Uyoon Church
of Christ in November 2020. in May 2020, we had
30 baptisms at Chelkou Church of Christ and 50
baptisms at the same church in January 2021.
Meanwhile we had 8 baptisms at Dokul Church of
Christ in September/October and 6 in November.
This brings us to a total of 259 baptisms since
January 2020 until date.
We are praising the Lord for the glory and grace.
CHANGE IN SSAM LEADERSHIP
With the departure of Steve Holsinger from the South Sudan African Mission Board of
Directors, the board has appointed Bev Douglass Meyer as Executive Director.
The daughter of Paul and the late Marilyn Douglass, Bev has worked with SSAM
since October 2009. She has represented SSAM at churches across the United
States and at various conferences. In addition, Bev has done the general offi ce work
such as sending receipts, the newsletters, and correspondence with the team in
South Sudan. Bev will continue doing these duties just as she has done in the past.
Bev and her husband Dale, live in Rochester, MN.
New Medical Troup Carrier Needed
February 5, 2021
A recent statistic says there is only 124 miles of paved roads in South
Sudan which is approximately the size of the state of Texas. The Toyota
Troup Carrier has been a vital part of the South Sudan African Mission
the past seven years and has been a great blessing to the ministry.
Roads in Aweil State of full of ruts and potholes and oftentimes vehicles
are required to go off the road just to fi nd a “smoother” place to drive.
To quote Dr. John, “We are happy that we were blessed with the Troup
Carrier seven years ago of which without such gift the work would have
been rather diffi cult. The back door is almost falling off. A replacement
vehicle is very important for the ministry to keep the mobile team rolling
across to the villages with medical and evangelist teams.
Repairing the Mobile Medical Vehicle
Our truck had a mechanical breakdown this morning when we were
heading to Malek and we had to return to Aweil for repair. It is still with the
mechanic now and we don’t
really know what the cost
An estimate for a new
vehicle quote is $57,000
which includes taxes. The
vehicle can be purchased
in country in Juba. Will you
prayerfully consider helping
SSAM purchase a new
vehicle? Please mark your
checks “vehicle” and we will
use every dollar given to
purchase a much needed
new medical Troup Carrier?
Aweil Bible College
We received 18 students on Sunday evening, January 24 for the
Aweil Bible College. Joseph, Paulino, Daniel, Luka, Ezra, and Anthony
are fulltime teachers. Anthony is currently acting as Education
program Manager at SSAM offi ce. Anthony has a degree in education
after his advanced diploma in Bible and Mission from Nairobi Great
We struggled to put everything together, but we managed to make sure
that the beddings, cooking utensils, stationery and teaching materials
were prepared. There are four young ladies among the students, and one
young man coming from Lake State (this place is known for communal
wars among the tribes. This young man came purposely to bring Jesus
Christ to solve the long-term and epidemic feuds/wars at his villages after
completing Diploma Program in Bible and Mission.
Our local board members will be meeting on ebruary 6, 2021 to revisit
our priorities as we enter the new calendar year of 2021 with new policy.
Prayers are also needed so that tutors (professors) get encouragement
and good health to serve the Lord through the transfer of knowledge to
their brothers and sisters. In short, the team of students coming in are
people with dreams to train leaders. Credit goes to the SSAM team in the
USA. Without them this dream is nearly impossible. The entire community
of Malek and Aweil are happy for the initiative happening at Malek.
May the good Lord reward all our supporters abundantly.
Get to Know SSAM Board Member Wayne Rowe
I was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon. I enjoyed all kinds of sports
and hiking in the mountains. I began attending Sunday school at an
early age, riding the Sunday School Bus, as my parents did not attend. I
became active in youth groups and enjoyed growing and learning.
I graduated from Puget Sound Christian College where I majored in
Bible with a minor in Missions. During my years at Puget Sound, I
traveled to Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary doing a missionary
internship for my studies.
I have been ministering with Marcola Christian Church for the
past 13 years. My wife Leona and I
enjoy the challenges and rewards of
ministry. We spend our time enjoying
and loving our four biological boys,
and an orphaned brother and sister,
whom we helped raise.
I have been working with the South
Sudan African Mission as a board
member for the past four years.
Bev Douglass Meyer with Wayne Rowe
New PO Box
In an effort to be more efficient
a new mailing address has been
established. Please send all
South Sudan African Mission,
PO Box 8396,
Rochester MN 55903
WHERE WILL SSAM BE?
March 7 — Lake Havasu City, AZ Christian Church.
April 9 — IDES Board of Directors meeting, Noblesville, IN
April 18 — Scottdale, PA Church of Christ
April 29 – May 1
Western Montana Ladies retreat, Pinehaven Christian
Children’s Ranch, St. Ignatius, MT
June 6 — Hope Summit Christian Church, Rochester, MN
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