Guided by the four themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) has provided weekly liturgies. These liturgies include stories about some of the programs and ministries supported by PWS&D. Each week of Advent we’ll post these stories here on Grace’s blog, but you can view the original content here: Presbyterian World Service & Development

Second Sunday in Advent: Peace

Saving Lives in South Sudan

Leaving home and walking for days with three little children wasn’t an easy decision for Sarah.

But she didn’t have a lot of options.

A nearly four-year civil war ravaging South Sudan left Sarah’s village in ruins. Fleeing to a Protection of Civilians Camp would save her family from mounting

But the journey to safety brought a new challenge—a lack of food. Sarah was deeply concerned for her one-year-old daughter Martha who was suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without immediate help, she would soon die.

Upon arrival at the camp, Martha was admitted to a PWS&D-supported Canadian Foodgrains Bank project that is providing nutrition support to children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.

With treatment and a weekly supply of nutrient-rich therapeutic food, Martha is stronger, playful and has an increased appetite.

“I fear what might have happened to my daughter without this program,” says Sarah.

This Advent, help those displaced by conflict strengthen their hearts and bodies on the journey to find peace.

Presbyterian World Service and Development Advent Liturgies