Monday, May 5
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Older Adult Week
Republic of South Sudan, continued
The stories below were contributed by PC(USA) mission coworkers Rev. Jacob and Aliamma George, Malakal, South Sudan.
3/4/14 update from Aliamma George: Please continue to pray for these two young men and their families and for congregations as destruction and conflict continues in South Sudan.
My name is Luka William Athial. I am from Pibor County in Jonglei State, am married to one wife, and have four children from three months to six years old. I was born into a Christian family. My parents were poor and could not send me to school, so my education was interrupted.
Due to civil war—for 20 years of my life—many people were displaced, and many others were captured by the armed forces, including my mother. Our remaining family struggled for safety until we reached Malakal, where we settled down and attended the Murle congregation there.
We called upon the Lord, and I received a recommendation from my parish to study at the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan’s Giffen Institute of Theology (GIT). This was my exact dream, and I thank God that it is fulfilled. My promise to the church is that I will support the congregation financially and morally, preaching the good news to all. I have a vision that I will become a leader in South Sudan who will fear God and exercise democracy and equal rights to all, including the poor.
I was born in 1985 during a war at the Ethiopian border in which soldiers of Sudan and civilians fought over cattle raids. That is why my parents called me Dak Tut Gach; Dak means “destruction of a city or village.”
I began primary school in late 2000. I struggled because my parents were illiterate. In 2010 I got a chance to go to Malakal to attend GIT. I graduated in 2013 with my diploma.
I serve in the church as a counselor and teacher, to guide both the congregation and community into peace and harmony. In 2013, in the newly formed Pintho Parish near the South Sudan and Ethiopia border, I conducted the New Year service. I thought about how good it would be to have a season without arguments and quarrels in our area. I pray that GIT can prepare good leaders for the church, who will guide us in the way of peace.
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS): Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow, moderator, Rev. John Yor Nyiker, general secretary, Rev. James Makuie, director Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency, Rev. Gideon Tai Tudeal, Giffen Institute of Theology, Malakal • Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC): Synod leadership—Rev. Yahya Abdelrahim Nalu, chair, Rev. Indraous Matra, vice chair, Rev. Barbary Omer, secretary; Presbytery and church department leadership—Elder Dr. Dawood Bashir, Rev. Mikadi Mahmoud, Elder Kobia Osman • Across: Rev. Bernard Suwa, director • Nile Theological College, Malakal: Rev. Musa Kodi, academic dean • Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE): Rev. Peter Tibi, executive director • Sudan Council of Churches: Rev. Ramadan Chan, general secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, help us to have unity and peace in our country. We pray for Pibor, where conflict continues. Amen.