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Africa Inland Church
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Africa Inland Church

Africa Inland Church (AIC)-Sudan works throughout Africa’s largest nation, including the capital city, Khartoum, and the troubled western region of Darfur.

AIC also ministers in Sudanese refugee camps in Kenya and Uganda where Sudanese fled the war. Civil war ravaged Sudan for decades, causing havoc among an already impoverished nation.

With the signing of a peace treaty in January 2005, refugees began returning to their home areas, many with only the clothes on their backs. The AIC team is helping individuals re-establish their lives.

Darfur was not a part of the peace agreement, so its villages continue to be attacked with survivors escaping across the desert to displaced peoples camps. The violence increased once again ahead of the vote in 2011 to decide whether the south should be independent or united with the rest of Sudan, some fear a return to civil war.

In the referendum of January 2011, the south of Sudan voted to separate from the north; and in July 2011 South Sudan became the world's newest country.

The months since the creation of the independent South Sudan have been difficult as past tensions between peoples have simmered and new ones have erupted. In 2012, AIC reported how churches have been burned. 

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Church music group in a village
Church music group in a village

Against this backdrop of dramatic changes yet continuing tensions, AIC’s focus includes…

  • evangelism

  • discipleship

  • leadership training

  • primary schools

  • medical clinics

  • relief and development projects.

In 1984, there were only 10 local AIC churches in one district in a remote part of southern Sudan. Today, there are hundreds of churches across the nation.

In July 2011, AIC developed a programme to assist 1,000 families displaced by escalating conflict in the Abyei, South Kordofan region of north Sudan, with food, shelter, clothing and medicines.

For displaced families from Darfur, basic supplies also make all the difference. A relief recipient in Darfur said, “Thank you for the cooking utensils, blankets, mosquito nets, and water containers. God is working in the hearts of our brothers in other countries to come to our rescue. We are asking the Church not to forget us in their prayers.”

MINISTRY LEADERSHIP 

Rev. Arkanjelo Lemi was born and raised in Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria where his father worked as a gold miner. After the death of Arkanjelo’s mother in 1978, believers from AIC churches ministered to him and led him to Christ.

As a believer, he became heavily involved in youth ministry and during his Bible school years, he and groups of students would share the Gospel in displaced people’s camps, especially during Christmas. They would often say, “Let’s take Jesus to them. That’s the only gift we can give.”

Over the years Rev. Arkanjelo has served in engineering, development, and pastoral roles and also worked with church leaders throughout Sudan. He was licensed as a pastor in 1997 and ordained in 2005.

Associated with AIC for many years, Rev. Arkanjelo was elected as the new Bishop of Africa Inland Church in 2010. He is married to Julia and has five children.

PROJECTS

(Click on the links to see details of the projects of this ministry partner)

740010  - Building New Schools

740230 - Healthcare for Displaced People

740020 - Women's Self-Help Programme