In 2005 our Vicar, Paul Taylor and Richard Dean an engineer, who has since become one of the inspirational leaders who have established the school, visited Juba South Sudan. The aim was to assess with the local church in Juba the feasibility of building a Church Secondary School. St Francis subsequently gave £45,000 as the seed money that built the first phase of Juba Dicocesan Model Secondary School and has since committed a further £15,000. Other funders have joined in with the project to build five further phases with classrooms and science laboratory, library, staff offices, toilets, and a girls’ boarding house. St Francis hosts the UK support group consisting of experts and supporters from a wide range of churches as well as members from St Francis. Paul revisited in the school in October 2013 for the opening of the new girls boarding house. There are 500 students in the school and last year’s exams result were the second highest in the whole of South Sudan. The school has been unharmed by the unrest of recent months and continues to operate. Find out more about Juba School here.
David and Shelley Stokes in Argentina
David and Shelley are members of St Francis congregation who have gone to serve indigenous Wichi peoples of South America. This is their second term of service in this part of the world and their role is to visits churches and support them in their ministry. Find their latest prayer letter here.
Sudan Medical Link
St Francis supports the work of the Salisbury Diocese Medical Link which trains doctors and medical staff and supports medical work in South Sudan. Find more details here
Mission Aviation Fellowship
St Francis supports the work of MAF who fly missionaries and supplies across Africa providing crucial communication links with isolated communities. Find more details here