South Sudan found its name and independence in 2011. Freedom of any kind is a sense of hope and promise, but the world’s newest country is also one of its least developed - anywhere you look. There are no precise population figures, but in 2014, the World Bank estimated there were 11.91 million South Sudanese, four in ten of them aged 14 or younger. Whether you are a child or a nation, age 7 to 8 is usually a time of rapid growth and development. But South Sudan, as beautiful as her people are, is faced with stunting restrictions.
Have you ever wondered if a church should invest so much time and effort in training and sending short-term missions teams? Are the at-home benefits really worth the expense? Would it be more effective to just send the money? Let me tell you a story 19 years in the making.