Michael Aban, South Sudan

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Michael Aban, South Sudan

Teaching at Nile Theological College, teaching CMS-Africa courses and pastoring a local congregation

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The Church in South Sudan has a great need of training for leaders. Many leaders used to travel far away for in-depth theological training, but CMS-Africa now offers practical, transformative teaching locally through the Samaritan Strategy training programme.

As a trainer with the Samaritan Strategy programme as well as a teacher with the Nile Theological College and a pastor with the Way of Life Congregation, I teach theological and practical subjects that help people to live out the gospel in their everyday lives.

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Michael’s story

My parents were from a Roman Catholic background where everyone grew up going to the same church. As a teenager, I heard an evangelistic message for the first time at a youth conference and asked Jesus to come into my life as my Lord and Saviour.

Over the next few years, I got to see most of Sudan through my ministry with evangelistic teams through OM Sudan before studying at Jordan Theological Seminary, where I also led a Sudanese congregation. At the same time, I led an OM team called Love Middle East.

Later, I was ordained as a pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Sudan in Khartoum, where I served a local congregation for four years before returning to Jordan for two years to study Hebrew and write my Master’s thesis.

I have been a lecturer at Nile Theological College since 2008, and pastor of Way of Life Congregation Juba since 2016.

I met former CMS-Africa director Dennis Tongoi on a trip to Kenya in the early 2000s and heard about the Samaritan Strategy materials and the vision behind the programme. I was challenged. I attended a Financial Freedom for Families (F4) (financial literacy training founded on biblical principles) course and became a facilitator myself a few years later.

I am passionate about the CMS-Africa training because of its practicality. I am happy to be part of this movement because of the real impact of this training.

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