CMS Link Missionaries
Following the retirement of Keith and Lynn Scott, we decided to end our links with Zambia at our Select Vestry meeting in June and begin a new link with Olo Diocese in South Sudan. Linda Abwa from the Church Missionary Society explains more:
A partnership with Olo is an opportunity to partner with a church whose faith has been built through crisis and challenge. The Episcopal Church of South Sudan Olo Diocese was created just six years ago and five of those have been years of unrest and food shortages in the region.
In 2016, an oil tanker exploded near Olo, and over 100 men, women and children were killed whilst many others suffered life changing injuries. The Diocese of Olo, led by Bishop Tandema Obed, enabled the most badly injured to find medical help. Two years later, Olo town was destroyed by warring factions, and everyone, including the Bishop and his family, were displaced to Maridi town. When it seemed safe to return home a year later, they found that all homes had been destroyed, except the church and the Bishop’s house.
Over the past two years, CMSI has walked with Olo as they have focused on the urgent needs of those returning home. The focus has been on buying food, tarpaulins and jerri-cans which allowed people to make temporary homes. Now, as hope gathers for a more peaceful future, God’s people have laid the foundation for a Cathedral for Olo.
Carnmoney Parish joins Olo Diocese in partnership on the cusp of a new beginning for the church there. Pray for peace and development that will last, and see how God will encourage your faith through getting to know, and walking with, the church in Olo as this new partnership begins.
Bishop Tandema Obed & his wife