Father Jim is the Rector of St. Stephens Anglican Church.
After four years of military service, Father Jim entered the healthcare field, specializing in addictions. He was called into the Diaconate in 2003, and was active in Katrina relief efforts.
Father Jim made his first trip to Sudan in 2003. Since that time he has gone to the Nuba Mountains five times to help the persecuted Christians.
Father Jim and his wife life in Covington on a seven acre farm. He and his son raise organic vegetables, as well as cows, sheep and pigs. He has three grandchildren.
"Come, follow Me, Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Mark 1:17
"We started in July of 2011 speaking to the US Government and the United Nations. We met with each delegate of the Security Counsel and pleaded for the people of Darfur, Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile States.
My first visit was September 2003 during SPLA (Sudan People's Liberation Army) and Sudanese cease-fire agreement signed in 2002 in the central Nuba Mountains.
The North/South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ends civil war in 2005 and I return end of 2006 and continued working with Diocese of Kadugli. I have worked directly with the kadugli diocese both here and in Sudan from 2006 till present.
I arranged for bishop Andudu to leave Kadugli to get treatment for a illness in the US the day after the election."
Father Jim has been to the Sudan numerous times and continues to work with the Anglican Church in Sudan.
Father Jim in a cave in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan.
"Father Jim's mission is always about supporting the persecuted Christians in the Nuba Mountains, the Diocese of Kadugli. The projects have included: 1. building water wells; 2. developing small businesses for the locals such as developing and supporting shea, and gum exports; 3. Providing food for starving people; and 4. support for over a hundred clergy.
When the government of President Al-Bashir resumed massive bombing in the Nuba Mountains, many Christians have been killed, all farming has stopped and the people have had to hide in caves with no food or water. Bombing during the rainy season prevents the people from planting crops and exacerbates the problem of food shortages and is meant to cause widespread starvation in the Christian community. Churches have been destroyed and clergy have been killed. Clergy have been dispersed and fled to five different nations to escape persecution. The genocide continures; however, the church continues to grow despite the relentless persecution.
St. Stephen's Anglican Chruch and Christ our Savior Anglican Church can receive financial support for the Christians in the Nuba Mountains (the Land of Cush in the Bible).
Anglican Church in Nuba Mountains, Sudan.
St. Stephen's Anglican Church
Rev. Jim Tomkins