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Morus, At Home and in Diaspora

Some of our friends from the Diocese of Lui along with others from Greater Mundri have fled their homes and resettled elsewhere. Some are in Juba, some in Yei, some still in the bush not too far from their homes; technically they are IDPs -- Internally Displaced Persons -- in the UN's terminology because they are still in their country of origin. Others have fled the country altogether. and are officially refugees Of those, some may be in Kenya; during the long Sudanese Civil War that ended…See More
Jun 5, 2016
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Lui Partners Meeting

Bishop Stephen, Noel, and Rina from Lui are meeting with partners from Lund, Blackmore Vale, and Missouri this week. This morning we heard about the situation in Lui town and diocese, and about the 16,000+ IDPs from Greater Mundri in Juba and Yei. Some areas in the diocese are under army control, and some are under the control of the rebels, so people cannot easily move between them without being suspected of informing or spying. Some villages have been mostly burned down, and almost everything…See More
May 18, 2016
Debra Morris Smith commented on Anne Powell's blog post New website - We are Children in Lui
"What a wonderful resource, and not only for us in the church! I sent the link to my daughter-in-law, who teaches at an independent school in New York. The tie-ins to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are, well, sprinkles on the icing on…"
Mar 6, 2016
Tammy King commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Renewed SPLA attacks in Greater Mundri
"My heart is breaking at the thought of suffering of friends and the destruction of these familiar places.  Praying."
Feb 19, 2016
Dan Handschy commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Renewed SPLA attacks in Greater Mundri
"This breaks my heart."
Feb 16, 2016
Anne Powell commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Renewed SPLA attacks in Greater Mundri
"It's shocking.  This sounds like ethnic cleansing."
Feb 15, 2016
Debra Morris Smith posted a blog post

Renewed SPLA attacks in Greater Mundri

Bishop Stephen emailed this morning that the army of South Sudan has for the past 4 days been increasing its numbers and building new bases in the Greater Mundri area, and that many of the people of Lui and Mundri dioceses are fleeing their villages. The army has burned some villages down. Please pray for our Moru friends!If you know the Diocese of Lui, you may want these details:"The parishes of Mideh, Matta, Mariba in Mideh Archdeaconry and parishes of Buagyi and Doroh in Buagyi Archdeaconry,…See More
Feb 15, 2016
Debra Morris Smith posted a blog post

Lenten Study from the ECSSS Diocese of Wau

A few of us in the Diocese of Missouri participated in the Wau Lenten study in 2014 and 2015. Here it is for 2016 if anyone is interested: Answers: Responding with the Word of PeaceSee More
Jan 14, 2016
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Update from Bishop Stephen

Bishop Stephen writes today that his people are still suffering and living in fear, not knowing what will happen. Besides fleeing to the bush and to Uganda, many Morus have fled to Yei, where they also are lacking basic necessities of life. Earlier this week, though, the World Food Programme, with assistance from the UN Mission in South Sudan, was able to deliver food in the Lui area. We know that food will continue to be a huge need because instability kept so many people from cultivating this…See More
Dec 15, 2015
Anne Powell commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post "Understanding New Violence in South Sudan's Western Equatoria"
"Very useful article to read.   Thanks Debbie."
Oct 22, 2015
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"Understanding New Violence in South Sudan's Western Equatoria"

John Ashworth posted this article from Radio Tamazuj, which seems to offer a balanced look at what has been happening in the Lui, Mundri, and Mvolo areas and other parts of Western Equatoria.https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/understanding-new-violence-south-sudans-western-equatoriaSee More
Oct 10, 2015
Maria Evans commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post More Sad News from Our Moru Friends
"May she rest in peace and rise in glory."
Oct 9, 2015
Maria Evans commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Bombing Near Lui
"I continue to pray."
Oct 9, 2015
Tammy King commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Bombing Near Lui
"Prayers for all in harm's way.  This situation just guts me."
Oct 9, 2015
Dan Handschy commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Bombing Near Lui
"This is awful."
Oct 8, 2015
Debra Morris Smith commented on Debra Morris Smith's blog post Bombing Near Lui
"Thanks for the link, Dan. We saw this report by email earlier today but didn't post it out of "an abundance of caution." Now that it's in the newspaper, we don't need to hold back. I also didn't let myself say…"
Oct 8, 2015

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Morus, At Home and in Diaspora

Some of our friends from the Diocese of Lui along with others from Greater Mundri have fled their homes and resettled elsewhere. Some are in Juba, some in Yei, some still in the bush not too far from their homes; technically they are IDPs -- Internally Displaced Persons -- in the UN's terminology because they are still in their country of origin. Others have fled the country altogether. and are officially refugees Of those, some may be in Kenya; during the long Sudanese Civil War that ended…

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Posted on June 5, 2016 at 6:31pm

Lui Partners Meeting

Bishop Stephen, Noel, and Rina from Lui are meeting with partners from Lund, Blackmore Vale, and Missouri this week. This morning we heard about the situation in Lui town and diocese, and about the 16,000+ IDPs from Greater Mundri in Juba and Yei. Some areas in the diocese are under army control, and some are under the control of the rebels, so people cannot easily move between them without being suspected of informing or spying. Some villages have been mostly burned down, and almost everything… Continue

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 6:37am

Renewed SPLA attacks in Greater Mundri

Bishop Stephen emailed this morning that the army of South Sudan has for the past 4 days been increasing its numbers and building new bases in the Greater Mundri area, and that many of the people of Lui and Mundri dioceses are fleeing their villages. The army has burned some villages down. Please pray for our Moru friends!

If you know the Diocese of Lui, you may want these details:

"The parishes of Mideh, Matta, Mariba in Mideh Archdeaconry and parishes of…

Continue

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

Lenten Study from the ECSSS Diocese of Wau

A few of us in the Diocese of Missouri participated in the Wau Lenten study in 2014 and 2015. Here it is for 2016 if anyone is interested: 

Answers: Responding with the Word of Peace

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 1:48pm

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At 2:34pm on August 23, 2013, Cheryl Elizabeth Ward said…

Greetings Debbie!

I am so happy to see that all of you are safe and on the ground, ready to do this! You will all be in my prayers every day that you are gone..it is the least I can do considering the commitment all of you have made to going forward with the chapel completion.  Please do give the Mothers' Union our greetings and love from the ECW Board on behalf of the women of our Missouri Diocese!  The time is certainly "right" for us to go forward with a companion effort!

 
 
 

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