Anglican Archbishop Hopeful for Peace in South Sudan
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Most Rev Dr Eliud Wabukala has said that there is still hope for South Sudan despite the current setbacks. He expressed his sympathy to those who lost their loved ones as well as the displaced people in the South Sudan conflict, reports CISA.
Speaking to a group of South Sudanese students during special prayers organized by St Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, for South Sudan, the primate condemned the violence that broke out in the country late last year. He said that maiming and killing people is not godly and God hates it. He said that the Anglican Church worldwide is disturbed by the current situation in South Sudan and was praying for peace and stability in South Sudan.
“There is still hope in South Sudan despite the current situation, God will still bring a solution,” he said. “The day will come when your full independence will be realized.”
He reminded the South Sudanese present that they could take their situation as an opportunity to glorify God and know His blessings.
“Great people and great nations pass through difficulties like what you are experiencing today, but you will be a great nation one day,” said Archbishop Wabukala.
According to the Christian Times, the Archbishop preached a sermon from 1Peter 1: 1- 4, which talks about God’s chosen people scattered across the world. He recalled his special relationship with South Sudan, how during the civil war in Sudan he visited several places in South Sudan before he became the head of the Anglican Church of Kenya.
He encouraged students to focus on education saying their future role in the country is to bring peace through education. He said the role of the church now is to persuade warring parties to give peace a chance by dialoguing. He announced that a team of bishops and archbishops from the Anglican Communion will visit Juba to push for peace. He appreciated Kenyans for their hospitality and appealed to them to continue hosting people from South Sudan.
The Vice Chancellor of St Paul’s University, Rev Canon, Prof Joseph Galgalo said that the conflict that erupted in South Sudan had affected the whole region in one way or the other. He urged South Sudanese who are in Kenya to continue living in peace with one another despite the situation back home.
Prof Galgalo said since the conflict happened, many South Sudanese students had been affected, some did not register for the semester and supporting their upkeep had become difficult. The professor appealed to the donor community, especially those who have been supporting the South Sudan Church, to continue helping the people of South Sudan.
Also gracing the occasion was the Bishop of Salisbury in the UK, Dr Graham Kings who exhorted those present not to abandon prayers.
“Prayer is powerful, prayer brought you the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, prayer brought you a successful referendum and prayer brought you independence, prayer will still bring peace into your country…” he said.