While South Sudan has been in the news due to political turmoil, the Rev. Jordan Long, President of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan (LCSS), met with leaders of the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) on Monday, March 7 in Brookings, South Dakota. The meeting resulted in a joint agreement between ILT and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (TLS). TLS is the seminary of the LCSS located in Gambella, Ethiopia. ILT is creating a plan to credential the faculty of TLS, as well as to help build its theological library. This is in an effort to help them achieve accreditation. Rev. Long was given the opportunity to see ILT’S Library and to speak with Rev. David Patterson, ILT’s Librarian, on ways ILT could help with building the Trinity Library and obtaining the 10,000 books needed.
Rev. Long is currently in the United States to meet with congregations and share the story of both the plight of South Sudanese Refugees from civil war, and how the LCSS is ministering to them. Rev. Long spent from Saturday to Thursday in Omaha with Rev. Douglas Morton, Dean of ILT’s Educational Ministries in order to prepare for ILT’s second visit this June to Gambella, Ethiopia, where many of the South Sudanese refuges live and where the LCSS’s Trinity Lutheran Seminary (TLS) is located.
Truly, ILT not only reaches out with theological education in North America, but also around the globe with those who desire sound Biblical teaching as they reach out to others with the saving Gospel of Jesus.