South Sudan became the world's most recently formed country by declaring its independence from Sudan in 2011. It has a population of around 8 million and is predominantly rural with a subsistence economy.
This region has suffered much from wars in recent years. The harsh effects of the fighting has resulted in serious neglect, lack of stable infrastructure, and major destruction with tens of thousands of people being displaced. Because of this, there are many people who are searching for peace and help for their lives that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Although there are over 60 indigenous languages spoken in South Sudan, the official language is English, which many of the Sudanese desire to learn in order to better their education and job opportunities. This opens another door of opportunity to those interested in ministering to the Sudanese people.