Mennonite Central Committee has confirmed that all MCC service workers and national staff in South Sudan are accounted for and safe.

In light of the recent violence, MCC is staying closely in touch with the churches and our partners. Thousands have been displaced and foreigners have been evacuated, following the fighting that started earlier this month in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

As in previous peace agreements, the desire to bring peace to South Sudan and end the violence is widespread. That effort includes North American and European countries, as well as countries in East Africa surrounding South Sudan. Churches, non-governmental agencies and partners are at the forefront of this effort.

There will be much work to do, and MCC is working with churches and partners there to assess how best to respond. MCC will release more information as our plans are developed.

We invite you to continue praying for the people and churches in South Sudan during this discouraging time, for the fragile peace in the world’s newest country and for MCC staff and partners as they plan ongoing work.