S4J – love of running for a greater cause

The S4J (Sudan4Jesus) has just released a short video to share the story of how elite runner, Renier Grobler combines his love for Jesus and running for a greater cause. Renier is part of the S4J team of athletes and buddies to raise funds to help the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

Renier in top gear at the Comrades Marathon. He is part of the S4J team that runs for a greater cause.

Renier is an elite athlete. In the past four years he achieved two top 20 positions in the Comrades Marathon and two top 10 positions in the Om die Dam 50 km marathon.

To WATCH the S4J video, click on this link.

To view the various projects the S4J is involved with, click on this link.

Helping the Sudans through the S4J

The S4J [Sudan for Jesus run] was birthed from the father heart of God as a means to help the people of the Sudan and South Sudan. This we do (mostly) through athletes who run the Comrades Marathon raising funds for various projects.

The Comrades Marathon is one of the premier ultra marathons in the world. It is set for 10 June this year. An expected 750,000 spectators would be at the event, while millions watch the live broadcast on TV. The almost 89 km (55 mile) race attract athletes from many countries all over the world.

The S4J helps the people of Sudan through a couple of key projects:

Bibles for South Sudan

The vision for this year: 100,000 Bibles printed in South Africa, delivered at various places among South Sudanese via a two month long road. 80,000 of these Bibles are in South Sudan dialects, while 20,000 of these Bibles are in Amharic, for Ethiopians. The Bibles are printed through a partner ministry called Bibles for Africa.

To read more and support this project, click on this link.


Water for Sudan

This is all about helping the people of Sudan with access to clean water. The key focus of the project is to help by supplying boreholes through a partner company in Sudan.

To read more and support this project, click on this link.


S4J Children’s Fund

One of our co-workers came back from a trip to the Nuba Mountains early this year, sharing with us the desperate needs among children in the area. At one of the church schools he visited in the area, 900 children are taught by 11 teachers! There is a DESPERATE need to help them with basic educational materials.

To read more and support this project, click on this link.


Trauma counselling at Sudanese Refugee Camps

To be quite honest, fundraising for this project through the S4J has just been introduced. The fundraiser does not nearly represent fully the vast need for trauma counseling among South Sudanese. One of our partner ministries are in the process of training 13,000 trauma counselors for the various refugee camps. What you see below is merely a drop in the bucket for a very big need. Yet, every bit matters and does make a difference.

To read more and support this project, click on this link.


South Africa takes sides in South Sudan

Simon Allison 

South African William Endley (left) arrives for his trial in Juba, where he was found guilty of treason. (Stefanie Glinski/AFP)


UPDATE on William Endley story:

For an update on this story, view the video interview with William Endley’s sister at this link.



Last week, a South African citizen was sentenced to death in a courtroom in Juba.

But what exactly was William Endley, a former career officer in the South African army —in both its pre- and post-1994 iterations — doing in South Sudan to begin with?

His family, and his defence lawyers, insist that Endley was a peacekeeper, and had been tasked with reintegrating rebel soldiers into the South Sudanese military. But South Sudan’s government tells a very different story.

They say Endley was training those rebels to fight against the government and the court agreed, convicting him of treason.

Not that too much store can be set by the opinion of a South Sudanese court. Rule of law in the country has almost entirely broken down, and an independent judiciary exists only on paper.

Take it from Kukurlopita Marino Pitia, a Supreme Court judge who said in his resignation letter in November: “The independence of the judiciary in the Republic of South Sudan has become a mockery.”

Given this context, the near-complete silence from the South African government on Endley’s case is hard to explain. Endley is a South African citizen, about to be executed in a foreign land after being convicted in a kangaroo court, and his government is doing nothing publicly to support him.

Whether he is or is not a mercenary is beside the point: as a South African, he is entitled to a fair trial and South Africa should be insisting that no one executes him before he gets one. But the South African government is playing its own dodgy games in South Sudan, which may explain its reluctance to criticise President Salva Kiir and his administration.

Recently, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula concluded a memorandum of understanding with her opposite number in Juba, Kuol Manyang Juuk. He oversees the army,  which is implicated in some of the most brutal human rights violations of the 21st century.

“There is sufficient evidence to conclude that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, both factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition, as well as the armed groups that support the parties to the conflict, are deliberately targeting civilians on the basis of their ethnic identity and by means of killings, abductions, rape and sexual violence, as well as the destruction of villages and looting. These acts constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity,” concluded a recent report of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

These war crimes were not enough to deter Mapisa-Nqakula from visiting Juba, nor did they elicit any condemnation from her. And they did not prevent the signing of the memorandum of understanding, which envisages that the South African and South Sudanese armies will conduct joint military exercises, training and capacity building, according to the minister.

The exact text of the memorandum of understanding has not been made public, and the Mail & Guardian’s requests to see it went unacknowledged by the ministry of defence and military veterans.

Regardless of the details, the minister’s visit to Juba served as a resounding endorsement of the South Sudanese government. So, too, did the warm welcome extended in January to Kiir, who visited Pretoria for three days, meeting with former president Jacob Zuma and then-deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa is South Africa’s special envoy to South Sudan.

On the other hand, Pretoria’s approach towards South Sudan’s opposition has been the opposite of friendly. As the M&G reported last year, opposition leader Riek Machar is under house arrest in a farmhouse just outside Johannesburg. His passport has been confiscated and he is under 24-hour guard, even though there is no legal basis for his detention.

Other opposition figures have regularly complained about a perceived bias against them from South Africa.

This disparity in the treatment meted out towards the government and the opposition makes a mockery of South Africa’s involvement in South Sudan’s drawn-out peace talks. Mediators are not supposed to play favourites.

It also fuels speculation about what South Africa’s motives really are for involving itself so deeply in South Sudan. If it’s really born of a genuine desire to bring peace to South Sudan, this hardly seems the way to go about it.

It is also bad news for William Endley. South Africa has chosen sides in South Sudan, and he finds himself on the wrong one.

Oppression of the church in Sudan

We received this message from a Sudanese brother yesterday:

“Today Sunday 11 February 2018. The government attacked the Evangelical Church in Hajyousif ( skirt of Khartoum ). After people finished Sunday service, the church members just surprised with government police with more than 3-4 trucks and they took church properties which included the chairs bibles and all instruments and don’t where they took them.

They demolished the church building which was built since 1989. Their is that there no permission from government to have church in that area while the church has all legal documents from ministry but it’s very clear that the government of Sudan persecuted the Christians systemically….. please keep praying for church members to know that they are not alone.”

Vastly different opinions from the Sudans on US decision on Jerusalem

It appears that South Sudan and Sudan have vastly different opinions on the US government announcement on Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. Here are extracts of two articles on that:

South Sudan lauds U.S. Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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December 9, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan government on Saturday lauded the decision of the President of the United States Donald Trump in which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed to begin the procedure of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Sudanese protest against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

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Decembers 8, 2017 (KHARTOUM) — Hundreds of protesters in the Sudanese capital rallied on Friday to condemn the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as the U.S. embassy warned its citizens of the protests.