AFRECS: American Friends of the Episcopal Church of

PO Box 12026
3737 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA 22304

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Pray for

PRAY — For your ministry and ours, for the Sudans and the World.

                              others about Sudan.

TEACH — others about South Sudan and Sudan, their importance and challenges.

                              with others to aid Sudan.

PARTNER — Work with others in your parish, online, and in South Sudan and Sudan.

                              others to help Sudan.

URGE — how to advocate for a U.S. policy supporting peace and stability in the Sudans

Give what
                              you've been given.

GIVE — What you can in terms of time, talent, and treasure.

                              about Sudan.

LEARN — Learn about South Sudan and Sudan and the role of the Episcopal Church.

The American Friends of the Episcopal Church of the Sudans, founded in 2005, is a network of individuals, churches, dioceses, and other organizations that seeks to focus attention on the needs and priorities of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS) and enable American friends to assist the ECSSS in meeting the needs of the Sudanese people.

AFRECS works to advance peace and stability in Sudan, seeking to amplify the voices of Sudanese Christians and, through prayer, to catch the movement of the Holy Spirit in the churches in both of our countries.

AFRECS works to enhance communication and synergy among Episcopal dioceses, parishes, and other organizations working in relationship with dioceses in South Sudan and Sudan or seeking to do so. AFRECS also promotes and facilitates the development of new relationships between U.S. and Sudanese partners.

AFRECS advocates for public and private assistance to South Sudan and Sudan.

For more information, click here to contact us.

Become a member or make a donation to support the ECSSS online today!




Read our latest E-Blast for details on these and many other items.

Message from Executive Director, Richard Parkins: 


Call to prayer and action on behalf of the people and the church in South Sudan

"We are days, not weeks or months, away from massive genocide in South Sudan"
-Cameron Hudson, Director of the Simon Skodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

South Sudan is at risk of genocide, according to the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide. A steady process of ethnic cleansing is underway in several areas of the country, through starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights warned in South Sudan last week. In the wake of the de-facto collapse of the 2015 peace deal, new action is needed urgently to prevent further deterioration in South Sudan’s humanitarian, political, economic and security crises.  At least a third of all South Sudanese are Episcopalians.

What you can do: Pray, Learn, Act


Go to the Episcopal Church website.


Familiarize yourself with the situation.  Go to   to watch the December 6 hearing at the US Institute for Peace (USIP) and the panel of experts, Members of Congress and the UN discuss the dire needs and possible actions.  Go to  and click in the upper right corner to read the latest e-blast and more about how the Episcopal Church is involved and how you can partner with others in this great humanitarian crisis.


After you have watched the YouTube of the USIP meeting, contact the White House and the offices of your Members of Congress.  You need to stress the following:

-Connect with the Hon. Thomas J. Rooney, Florida, and the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan, House of Representatives

-Support an arms embargo against all parties in South Sudan

-Enforce targeted sanctions policy against key government/political leaders to create pressure on the chief architects of the ward to come to negotiations, realizing that there is no longer profit from the war.

-Encourage a diplomatic surge even as the Obama terms ends, suggesting at that a special envoy in addition to the one we have, be designated just to focus on peace making.

-Encourage the development of a hybrid court as that is the only mechanism out there that comes close to extracting any accountability from these perpetrators of human rights violations. 

For more information contact Richard Parkins, AFRECS Executive Director,






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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest, your prayers, and your support.  We will return in the New Year to continue informing our readers and advocating for our friends in South Sudan and Sudan.  Meanwhile, with prayers for peace, we urge you to take the action as outlined above.  We also invite you to visit our website.

Ellen J. Hanckel





If you'd like to be doing more to help address the crisis in South Sudan, please consider the following:

*Pray for peace and deep healing of the conflicts and rivalries in South Sudan.

*Join AFRECS or renew your annual membership online.

* If you have contacts in South Sudan and are able to get news of various parts of the country and the church from them, keep AFRECS in the loop by replying to this email or using our main contact email address.
* Be prepared to advocate for peacemaking with the US (or other) government, especially if attention to conflict resolution wanes.

*Donate to support the Episcopal Church in South Sudan and Sudan’s efforts to provide solace and encourage reconciliation. 

*Urge others to support AFRECS as well.

Read our latest E-Blast for details on these and many other items.