News: Trauma Rehabilitation Workshop at Emmanuel Christian Academy”
Yei, 23 August 2019
Emmanuel Christian Academy administration, in collaboration with Tutapona, organized a five-days training for all the staff and students. The purpose of the training was to rehabilitate students through trauma and stress recovery. The training was scheduled at ECA Secondary School premises from August 19 – 23, and close to 150 students and staffs attended.
Mrs. Asienzo Agnes, who was the facilitator for Trauma Rehabilitation, explained that this training was to help students behave well and focus on studies. “The booklet and the information we have given them, if they really practice it, will help a lot,” she said.
During the week-long program, topics like trust, life challenges and prospects, stress, trauma, and how to respond were thoroughly discussed. Stories, activities, and life application questions illustrated the points precisely and helped to connect what was learned with daily life. The second half of the week was designated to learn what to do with what the facilitators called a ‘snake bite’ – any bad thing that happened to us. While participants learned how to deal with bad thoughts, the emphasis on knowing the truth and the importance of forgiveness in order to experience real freedom crowned the week.
One of the participants testified, “I went through a lot which I cannot start sharing all now. But this training has been so helpful for me. I hope this is just the beginning. I feel so much relieved from many things. My gratitude goes to the Administration of the School for organizing this training. But most thanks go to you, the facilitators, for giving us high level of skills.” While the baseline survey showed a 53% reduction of the self-reported trauma symptomology after only one week of training, time will tell the real impact on the lives of staff and students of ECA.
News: Open Air Concert “The Nehemiah Call”
May 19, 2019
On a sunny Sunday afternoon a group of young Christian artists invited the general public to attend their concert with the theme of Nehemiah 2: 17-20. “Rebuilding the Broken Walls” was performed outside Immanuel Cathedral in Yei, South Sudan. In an interview, Pastor Khamis Kenedy, the lead musician, explained that the idea for the concert had been born out of the need for a call for all people to come together to rebuild the broken walls of the nation of South Sudan. “We have realized that there are two forces at play in the nation,” he said. “There is the force of evil and the force of good. Because of the love of God in our hearts, we realized that God has given us talents that would be used to propel a good course in our land because we have seen how devastated our nation is and how it has lost its former glory. It is also true that we have been doing such concerts in the refugee camps together with other gospel artists and the impact has been great. And it is with this background that we were able to organize such a concert.”
During the event, several local artists performed in front of a huge crowd (estimated to be 5,000 people), among which were the bishop of the Episcopal church of Sudan and South Sudan (ECS&SS), the Minister for Youth and Sports of Yei River State and representatives of other organizations. It was a vibrant event with a meaningful message emphasized by the speaker, Mr. Lasuba Simon. The participants suggested organizing such events on a regular basis as they foster unity. The key aim of the organizers was to inspire the people of Yei to use what they have to build the land in which they are living and make it a better place for all people to live in – besides great entertainment, of course.
Written by the journalism club at ECC