Michael Aban - South Sudan

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.

Call

To equip men and women for ministry and live out the gospel in their everyday lives

Role

Teaching on CMS-Africa’s Samaritan Strategy and Financial Freedom for Families training courses

More about Michael Aban

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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