The students placed a mark by their name if they were interested in me following up with them concerning small groups to further their involvement in Godly Governance and Administration. Please pray with us as these small groups begin to form. These could be the future leaders of this new country.
“It will be encourage and improving the economic plans in the country and could be recognize as amicable solution. It was very understanding to the people of the country or nation at large.” Gov. Administrator“It is interesting that God plus government = Good Nation” Gov. Administrator“[Should] bring in higher authority to participate in this training. Training was given to junior groups in government who can not change the system now until they come up later.” Gov. Administrator“The training is so good and well conducted by the trainer. Even there was strong dialogue with the trainers and the trainer.” John Garang University student“I expect the training to be carried out for the whole South Sudan to help our government to improve the system. I thank you very much for introducing this kind of training in Jonglei State and I am encouraging you to do it in the South Sudan at large.” Gov. Administrator“As youths of South Sudan we should work hard to increase capacity in production and also improve on educational skill for future development of our country.” John Garang University student 2015“It’s actually very excellent presentation and I hope you can keep up to training other people.” Gov. Administrator“Thanks to almighty creator God for [this] training.” Gov. Administrator“This workshop training is very crucial to carried to all top managers at national level especially legislative assembly of all the states.” Gov. Administrator
In my attempt to report on the activities, I should also comment on the barriers and disappointments we encountered and ask that you pray for us as we work through these struggles. With every success there are many dead ends, rabbit trails, and disappointments. Much of this is rooted in the learned culture of dependency based on generations of aid: drops of food, hand outs of farm implements, and payment of sitting fees for workshops. A great deal of effort is then placed on reeducating people away from this dependency and causing them to take pride in the process of developing themselves.
We also met with the Ministry of Youth and the head Minister met with us and endorsed the project which proposed setting up a drip irrigation program. We had to reschedule because the youth did not show up and then the second time no one showed either. I will keep communicating with them but there is a lot of work to be done to overcome the perception that agriculture is a backwards, undesirable career. They do not conceive of “Agribusiness” and a larger scale farm or a smaller scale one with high value crops.