Iris South Sudan’s journey has been paved with the promises and the faithfulness of God.
In 2005, Michele Perry was planning on moving back to South Asia where she had previously served. During her preparations, God connected her with Iris Global and began to break her heart for the peoples of Sudan.
In 2006, Michele attended Iris Global’s mission training school, was ordained by Iris and sent out to embrace the adventure of a lifetime following Jesus into what was then a war zone, in the southern part of Sudan. Michele came to Yei, a dusty border town near the border of DR Congo and Uganda, with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket, no contacts, no team and a strategy of radical trust in the person and provision of Jesus to be more than enough.
She spearheaded and founded, along with a few local Sudanese leaders, Iris South Sudan & Yei Children’s Village, which opened their doors on Christmas Day 2006, taking in their first 10 children and feeding 1000 people. Early in 2007, Iris South Sudan began receiving a handful of short-term volunteers. In February 07, Iris South Sudan opened it’s Dream Primary and Nursery Schools, under the direction and initiative of Patrick J., Iris South Sudan’s first Sudanese national director. ISS received their first long-term team member in 2008 and relocated on to their own land in 2009.
In the first 6 years, Yei Children’s Village has served as home to over 135 children rescued out of the most dire of circumstances and exploitation. Dream Primary School has grown to serve around 600 children in the community. A revival network of churches was established with pastoral training, regular outreaches and church planting. Iris South Sudan has seen the blind see, the deaf hear, miracles of multiplication and radical life transformation only the love of God can bring. And Iris South Sudan got to be part of history being made as a new nation was born in 2011.
In 2013, Michele passed the baton of leadership of Iris South Sudan to Carolyn Figlioli and the amazing team of Sudanese leaders. She relocated back to the USA because of chronic health issues. Due to the recent civil war which started in December 2013, Iris South Sudan is now reaching out to and ministering to refugees, soldiers, local church plants and communities alongside attending full time to the up bringing, education, provision and discipleship of over 100 children rescued from dire circumstances that resulted from the conflict.