Sudanese Church Grows in Omaha, Nebraska

May 11, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On May 11, 2002, the Omaha World-Herald featured an article on Gatkouth Kuich, "a Sudanese refugee who fled Africa to escape religious persecution and civil war... [and] the leader of the first Sudanese congregation to join the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Nebraska Synod." The congregation's name is Cush Community Lutheran Church "a biblical reference to a land that is present-day Sudan... Kuich came to Omaha in 1997 to shepherd the city's growing Sudanese population, which now numbers between 2,000 and 5,000." The Church also runs "Sudan Mission, an outreach program that gives aid to new Sudanese refugees in Omaha and to Christians still living in Africa... One of the mission's primary ministries is its language school, which teaches English to adults and Nuer conversational and writing skills to refugee children and Americans who want to learn the language."