The second leadership training class for churches in South Sudan and Northern Uganda was held in November by Sudanese preacher Isaya Jackson. All the leaders from all area churches of Christ were invited to come to a host congregation for intensive training classes for one week. The men were taught to lead prayers, lead singing, conduct a communion service, and make talks.
These training sessions bring both successes and challenges. One of the big successes of this second session is that all known congregations except two were represented.
Twenty-seven men attended one of the preaching classes, and a total of 43 students were enrolled for the training week.
Among the challenges were the logistics of feeding these men.
All members of the host congregation had just returned from exile and so do not have many possessions. Getting together enough eating utensils for the meals was a real struggle. Some had to go without food until late in the evening so the same cooking utensils could be reused.
With only a few bicycles among them, transportation was another challenge. Providing first aid was also difficult. One brother developed malaria, but no medicine was available.
Border fees presented a bit of a problem as well. Six Ugandan churches sent leaders to the training week, and the cost to cross the border was $10 each way. Some could not afford that, which limited the number of those who could participate. Fortunately, a small amount of financial help was available for those who couldn't afford to pay their own border fees.
You can see that most of the “challenges”are simply financial.
Food prices have also recently risen. All of those attending needed to be fed by the host congregation. Some arrived several days early and, of course, had to be fed. Isaya was able to use some of his training budget to help feed these men.
Another training session will be held next year close to the Uganda border. This will make it more convenient for brethren from that country to attend.