Mary and the Flag

Become a part of the legacy for the world's newest democracy - The Southern Sudan!


You Are Invited To Be A Framer of Freedom!
  Join us in the next 30 days. 

Birthplace of a Lost Boy of South Sudan. The home he was forced to flee 25 years ago.

The Community of Paliau Village
 Taken during Mary's Project Christmas Mission Trip 2011-2012. 
Mission HOPE South Sudan Library Education Center Building Project
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We're Ready To Build!
Join us in the next 30 Days and be A Framer of Freedom!

We're back and ready to build! 


We have a great opportunity for us all to be "Framers of Freedom" in the next 30 days! 

Our Christmas Mission Trip to Paliau Village, South Sudan was a great success! We were able to distribute hundreds of backpacks, school supplies, and religious materials to the Primary School and Pastors in the community.
Keloland update
VIDEO PLAYER: CBS News Update - Mission HOPE South Sudan 
Christmas Trip 2011-2012
Most importantly, we received and secured @100 acres of land from the local Ajuong Community and the Government of South Sudan, for our Library Education Center Building Project. See the CBS-Keloland TV Video Player to the right, for the Christmas Mission Trip highlights.

Additionally, not only were we able to reunite our partner, Atem Garang Juowei - A Lost Boy of Sudan - with his mom and family, but we participated in the historic reunion of the Lost Boys who traveled back to their homeland for Christmas 25 yrs. later after fleeing their villages due to war and persecution. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan gained it's independence becoming the new and free democratic Republic of South Sudan

Now, the building begins! Be a "Framer of Freedom" in the next 30 days! 

We are in the most blessed time of the year. With Easter and Passover quickly approaching, we are called to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Here is a wonderful opportunity. Be a Framer of Freedom! 

We have 30 days to go! Help reach our goal of $5,000.00 by April 1st.

The road to a sustainable democracy is paved with intellect. The people of Southern Sudan are hungry for knowledge and desperately desire to be connected with other freedom loving people of the world. The Library Education Center will be this conduit. 

Our Library Education Center will serve all 5 Primary Schools in the Ajuong Community, Twic East County, Jonglei State. As a full functioning two-story Library for both school children, parents and adults, the building will also serve as an Education Center equipped with a computer room, educational DVD's, a wall projector, an arts and crafts room, and school supply resource center. Currently, the students have no school supplies or books, and sit on a dirt floor in the classrooms. The teachers use a blackboard and chalk to instruct. The Library Education Center will serve all the schools of the community providing supplies and educational opportunities. Meet our Committee.

Let the people of the Southern Sudan know how much you appreciate their love of liberty and freedom.  A gift of $50 will help us reach our goal of $5,000 by April 1st.  


In the next 30 days, bring hope to the Lost Boys, children and parents of Paliau Village by donating $50, $100, $200 - towards the blueprint/architectural design and brick maker for the Library Education Center. We are building bricks and mortar. We are building hope, education and celebrating freedom. We are literally Framers of Freedom! Upon completion, the blueprint and a picture of the brick maker will be displayed on the website.

In recognition of your gift of $50.00, the first 100 Framers of Freedom donors will receive:

  • A "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Community of Paliau Village, Ajuong Community, South Sudan gratefully acknowledging your generous tax-deductible contribution to Mission HOPE South Sudan - Library Education Center Building Project. 
  • Be a part of history! Your name will be placed on the Framers of  Freedom wall plaque to be displayed in the Library Education Center in Paliau Village.  
  • Your name will be placed on Mary's Project Framers of Freedom webpage. 
Donate by credit card:
use our paypal button on the top of the hompepage

Check by mail, made payable to Mary's Project:


Mary's Project

c/o Mission HOPE South Sudan - Framers of Freedom

PO Box 708

Sioux Falls, SD 57101-0708


*Mary's Project is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible and will receive a letter of receipt with our tax ID #.

Thank you for your Mission HOPE South Sudan support for the construction of the Library Education Center Building Project. 


You are a Framer of Freedom! Please always feel free to contact me directly. I would like to share the project further with you. We also invite you to participate in our volunteer program. United in a mission of solidarity, together we make this project possible!


With many thanks and prayers,

Lisa Marie


Contact us to learn more and get involved 

Mary's Project - Mission HOPE South Sudan

Lisa Marie Johnson, CEO/Founder

(605) 271-8954 - Mission Office

(605) 251-2110 - Cell phone



JOHN PAUL II, Apostolic Exhortation - Ecclesia in Africa; God Wills to Save Africa 

"God's redeeming love embraces the whole of humanity, every race, tribe and nation: thus it also embraces all the peoples of Africa. Divine Providence willed that Africa should be present

The Community of Paliau Village
Paliau Village, South Sudan
during the Passion of Christ in the person of Simon of Cyrene, forced by the Roman soldiers to help the Lord to carry the Cross (cf. Mk 15:21).....I have often said that "the Church in Africa is a missionary Church and a mission Church..... It is a history which goes back to the period of the Church's very birth.....The splendid growth and achievements of the Church in Africa are due largely to the heroic and selfless dedication of generations of missionaries. This fact is acknowledged by everyone. The hallowed soil of Africa is truly sown with the tombs of courageous heralds of the Gospel.....contemporary Africa can be compared to the man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho; he fell among robbers who stripped him, beat him and departed, leaving him half dead (cf. Lk 10:30-37). Africa is a Continent where countless human beings - men and women, children and young people - are lying, as it were, on the edge of the road, sick, injured, disabled, marginalized and abandoned. They are in dire need of Good Samaritans who will come to their aid." 
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Very likely, a Lost Boy of South Sudan may be your neighbor and community member. In 2001, Sioux Falls, SD was one of the 36 cities across the U.S. chosen for the resettlement process of the Lost Boys. Today, Sioux Falls is home to @200 Lost Boys, including Mary's Project Director and South Sudan Building Construction Manager, Atem Garang Juowei

The other cities of resettlement include;
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Jacksonville, Louisville, Omaha, Lincoln, Neb. Rochester, Syracuse and Utica, N.Y., Charlotte, N.C., Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, Memphis, Nashville, Richmond, Va., Burlington, Vt. and Tacoma, Wash.

Some who have been able to return home to reunite with family and friends have found their villages severely lacking in infrastructure, services, education and health care due to decades of civil war and persecution. 


Civil War between the Arab North and Christian South has devastated Southern Sudan's Educational System. Overall, the Literacy rate stands at 24% with only 12% for women. A young teenage girl has a greater chance of dying during childbirth than completing her education. The infant mortality rate in Southern Sudan ranks among the highest in the world due to a severe lack of medical facilities and supplies. Since the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and July 9, 2011 independence of the new and free democratic Republic of South Sudan, an estimated 2 million uprooted and displaced people have returned to their homeland. To help rebuild their lives, education and job training is needed.


* Illiteracy:  Child enrollment in Southern Sudan is the second lowest in the World after Afghanistan


In the name of Freedom and Democracy, post-conflict recovery and development in Southern Sudan is a moral obligation and duty of stewardship for those living in democratic societies.


"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things... Prayer in action is love, love in action is service. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

- Mother Teresa



Provide children and adults in Paliau Village, Ajuong Community, 

South Sudan HOPE for a better future through Education

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