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Hope delivered to South Sudanese Mabaan

Hope delivered to South Sudanese Mabaan

6/24/2021
Story submitted by Beverly Nolte. Photos and video by Pastor Aaron Limmo. The Greater Mabaan Community led by Idris Kegi, reviewed the Flood Relief Report submitted by Pastor Aaron Limmo who returned from Juba, South Sudan on May 25, 2021. The Iowa Conference had raised $27,347 to assist villagers in Mabaan County, located in Upper Nile State which suffered from yearly flooding. An Iowa flood relief committee had started fund raising efforts in 2019 but were stymied by the COVID pandemic in ...

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

6/18/2021
On May 25 Pastor Aaron Limmo returned from South Sudan. His task was to receive the $27,347  raised by Iowa United Methodists for flood relief. During the traumatic time of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the generosity of Iowans these funds were given to help humanitarian efforts.  In 2019 the Indian Ocean Dipole caused severe flooding in the Upper Nile State area where Mabaan County is located. The Iowa Mabaan Community asked the Iowa Conference UMC to help address flood relief efforts. ...

Mabaan Flood Relief Update

Mabaan Flood Relief Update

5/13/2021
By Beverly Nolte Pastor Aaron Limmo traveled to Juba, South Sudan on Saturday, May 1, and was met by two trusted Mabaan friends who have been part of the flood relief team. Due to testing positive twice for covid, Maya Dinga was unable to travel.  With funds received through Dahabshiil on Monday, May 3, Limmo indicates that they were able to purchase items such as tents, mosquito nets, food, and charcoal while in Juba which was then sent up to Mabaan county. Due to heavy rains, they were delayed...

Journey to South Sudan for Mabaan Flood Relief Rescheduled

Journey to South Sudan for Mabaan Flood Relief Rescheduled

4/5/2021
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Originally scheduled for December 19, 2020, Pastor Aaron Limmo and Maya Dinga were prepared to travel to South Sudan to purchase humanitarian items for those affected by the Indian Ocean Dipole floods in 2019. Word from South Sudan two days prior to departure told of in-fighting among tribal groups in Mabaan County where they were to visit. The decision to postpone the trip was made. Now, after indications of stability and peace efforts, the men have rescheduled ...

Maaban Travel Plans Changed

Maaban Travel Plans Changed

12/15/2020
Word was received by the traveler, Maya Dinga, on the evening of December 16, 2020, that South Sudanese Opposition Rebels had attacked Mabaan Defend Forces/civilians in Upper Nile State which includes Mabaan County. According to the report, there were many casualties, with people losing and fleeing their homes, crops being burned, and general unrest. The advice from Security Personnel was to cancel the trip for Dinga and Pastor Aaron Limmo, who planned to travel to South Sudan on Saturday, ...

Give to the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraising campaign until November 30

Give to the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraising campaign until November 30

11/18/2020
It has been over one year since the Iowa Conference was asked by the South Sudanese Mabaan community in Iowa to assist with funds to address the Indian Ocean Dipole of 2019. This severe flooding devastated hundreds of villagers’ homes and crops in Upper Nile State, especially Mabaan County.   As Iowans, we know flooding with those affected knowing about waiting for help to come. The Mabaan have been waiting for over a year. At this time our funds will address the priority needs that have not ...

Mabaan Flood funds come in

Mabaan Flood funds come in

11/4/2020
We want to thank you for the over $1,000 that has been raised for the Mabaan Flood Relief during October. Individuals, churches, and foundations have donated monetary gifts to help address humanitarian needs related to the 2019 Indian Ocean Dipole floods in northern South Sudan. This fundraising will continue through November 30, 2020, with a goal of $25,000. Word has just come from the Mabaan County residents that for a second year flooding has taken place in the same area of South Sudan ...

Iowa UMC Mabaan Flood Relief— A Gift of God's Hope

Iowa UMC Mabaan Flood Relief— A Gift of God's Hope

10/19/2020
  The Greater Mabaan Community asked the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist to help address humanitarian needs related to the 2019 Indian Ocean Dipole flooding in northern South Sudan, especially in Mabaan County where hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and many lost everything. Today, they continue to be in dire need of life-saving assistance including food, shelter, clean water, nutritional supplies, mosquito nets, and basic hygiene items to help prevent water-borne diseases....

Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Update

Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Update

8/29/2020
Representatives from the Greater Mabaan Community and the Iowa Annual Conference United Methodist Church met on Saturday, August 15, 2020, to discuss future plans for the Mabaan Flood Relief.  In reviewing the current status of the Mabaan fundraiser, the Iowa Conference has raised $13,363 and the Mabaan community $5,000. The plan is for at least one Iowa Mabaan, Maya Dinga, with the possibility of a second Iowa Mabaan, to travel to Juba, South Sudan the first few days in December with a stay of ...

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

7/29/2020
By: Beverly Nolte, Chair Iowa Conference Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raising Committee At this time last year (2019), South Sudan was in the throes of a severe, steady weather phenomenon that flooded the White Nile River displacing over 420,000 people who lost their livestock, crops, homes, and villages. The Mabaan-speaking South Sudanese, who worship in Des Moines, Storm Lake, and Omaha, asked the Iowa Annual Conference to assist them in disaster relief. A positive response was immediate from ...

Storm Lake Mabaan help family and friends in South Sudan

Storm Lake Mabaan help family and friends in South Sudan

6/23/2020
Submitted by Rev. Phil Webb Pastor at Storm Lake United Methodist Church Member, Iowa Conference Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Committee On the beautiful shores of Storm Lake, there is a community by the same name, rich in cultural and racial diversity. More recent arrivals that add to this wonderful city are people who have come here from the country of South Sudan. Many work at the two meat processing plants in town. Most of the 300+ South Sudanese in Storm Lake are from the Mabaan tribe, ...

Remember the Mabaan

Remember the Mabaan

5/20/2020
Amidst a pandemic, tragedies which seem smaller in scope are often overlooked. The Mabaan of South Sudan are in danger of being forgotten by their country and the world. Let’s be sure they aren’t forgotten by their friends in Iowa, the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I empathize with the Mabaan. Visiting Sudan in 2009 on a UMW Mission Study trip was in some ways like coming home. My husband Joe and I had spent two years in Ghana in the Peace Corps, and although our time in...

Mabaan Children's Christmas Program

12/18/2017
Mabaan Children's Christmas Program Like any Sunday School Christmas program, the South Sudanese Congregation children were front and center to present their program for their parents and special guest, Bishop Laurie Haller on Sunday, December 17. The kids from ages 3 y/o to 10 y/o were from the Mabaan peoples group. The usual speaking parts of welcome, explanation about the Advent candle and songs filled the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church in downtown Des Moines. The smaller ...

A Day Sprinkled with Love

A Day Sprinkled with Love

5/5/2016
May Day was spectacular for the South Sudanese Congregation of Mabaan people at Epworth UMC in Des Moines.  They held their first baptismal service with members from Storm Lake, Omaha and Texas along with Bishop Julius Trimble, Central District General Superintendent Dave Weesner, Field Outreach Minister, Karen Nelson along with representatives from Altoona and Grimes UM Churches and other Central District friends.    Many of the congregation was garbed in colorful African dress and after the ...

The Story Continues of the South Sudanese UMC - April 6, 2016

The Story Continues of the South Sudanese UMC - April 6, 2016

4/6/2016
The Story Continues   April 6, 2016 The story of the Mabaan people from the South Sudanese continues in Ethiopia due to Sudanese leaders’ single-minded quest for power and authority. To escape fighting, persecution, rape and death, many Mabaans’ fled across the border to Ethiopia.  Aaron Limmo completed his studies in Khartoum with the intent on finding his mother and younger brother in South Sudan but this did not happen as people were not allowed to travel from North to South Sudan due to ...

The Story Continues of the South Sudanese UMC - March 21, 2016

The Story Continues of the South Sudanese UMC - March 21, 2016

3/21/2016
Written by Judy Marnin and Beverly Nolte Pastor Aaron Limmo completed Grade Eight while staying with an uncle in Khartoum, then capital of the Sudan. Because of high grade scores and excellent study habits, he passed over high school to attend Gideon Theological College, the only high level theological school of the Sudan Interior Church (SIC). Upon completion of his four year study he was given a certificate. It was later in Syracuse, NY that Aaron studied to receive his GED. The Sudan ...

Getting to know you...the MABAAN story continues

Getting to know you...the MABAAN story continues

3/2/2016
Written by Judy Marnin and Beverly Nolte One of the ways in which Africans in South Sudan find their identity is through their tribes. It’s instructive to know the names and locations of some of the tribes, though there are too many to examine. The largest tribe is the Dinka, 35.8% of the South Sudan population. President Salva Kiir is a Dinka, who are said to control 42% of the area of South Sudan, with 12 of the 28 states of South Sudan under Dinka control.  Next largest in the Nuer people,...

Getting to know you

2/15/2016
Getting to know you… This song is of getting to know you, getting to know all about you so let’s get to know the  Mabaan people from Upper Nile State in South Sudan.  Take five minutes to check out on the web: South Sudan (newest nation in the world) Upper Nile State (one of 10 states along the Ethiopia border with the White Nile flowing through it)  Malakal (capital of the state and largest city) Mabaan (small ethnic group of the Upper Nile) Once we get to know a little about the Mabaan’s ...

Determination and Faith Changes Lives

Determination and Faith Changes Lives

12/21/2015
New Southern Sudanese (Mabaan) United Methodist Church—Where Determination and Faith Changes Lives From the newest African nation, South Sudan, to a new home in Iowa, Rev. Aaron Limmo along with his wife, Helen and four children (Meeko, Ciimban, Diengke and Bwanne) are establishing a new community of faith, The Southern Sudanese United Methodist Church (Mabaan) at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Des Moines.  In 1983, Rev. Limmo was one of the thousands of children who became separated ...