Southern Sudanese (Mabaan) United Methodist Church


Worship information

Worshipping at First United Methodist Church in Des Moines
1001 Pleasant St. Des Moines, IA 50309-2697
12:30 - 4:00 pm
Rev. Aaron Limmo


Getting to know you…

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Here is a list of donations that can be dropped off at the First United Methodist Church at 1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines, Iowa during office hours.

Media Equipment
Tablet (e-readers)
Copy paper
DVD player
Children’s religious DVD’s

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 country and geography, we learn the South Sudanese population experienced a troubled history as part of the Sudan, struggled to live during government intervention and fighting leading to the desire to form a new nation. Many Mabaans fled to Ethiopia due to the unrest and alarming attacks during this time of trauma.  Their life in the refugee camps was hard but they prevailed and were elated to be able to relocate to the United States. 

Now, with a Mabaan population ranging from 125 to 250 in Des Moines, their dream is to worship together.  Under the leadership of Pastor Aaron Limmo, they are working with the Iowa Conference to make that dream happen. 

For English language classes, they need

  • 5 large (3 x 5) dry erase white boards
  • dry erase markers 
  • 75 spiral notebooks
  • 75 pencils
  • funds - send through your local church to the conference treasurer marked: South Sudanese,#267. 

For additional information contact Pastor Limmo: or Beverly Nolte, 515 266 4186,

Let’s support this African congregation in our midst! 

Southern Sudanese worship is filled with singing to the playing of drums. Everyone is welcomed in English and Mabaan. There are lots of young people from infants to college students especially at the fellowship and meal time after church! Photos by Rev. Rebecca Fisher, LDM to Evangelism and New Ministry.