Zambian Oblate Bishop leads fund initiative to help Church of South Sudan
June 30th, 2015
The Catholic Bishop of Mongu in Zambia, Rt Rev. Evans Chinyama Chinyemba OMI mobilized his diocese and raise funds for the people of South Sudan. This is in response to the call from Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) to the help the Church in South Sudan.
Currently, the new independent nation of South Sudan is in civil war between political leaders and the conflict is reported to have deteriorated into ethnic violence,displaced millions and killed over thousands of people. The humanitarian crisis is getting worse for many faith- based organizations to handle.
Mongu diocese encompasses one the most challenged regions in Zambia in terms of infrastructure and economic development. Despite all the challenges in their midst, the spirit and faith of the Catholics in Mongu has demonstrated to be rich, that it crosses the mighty Zambezi River (Zambia) and Nile River (South Sudan) to reach the hearts of men, women and children experiencing conflict in South Sudan.
Congratulating parishes and religious communities in the Mongu diocese on the achievement to raise funds for the Church in South Sudan, Bishop Evans Chinyemba OMI said, “We are neighbors to each other even when we are separated by political boundaries. The diocese of Mongu has demonstrated this neighborliness by responding to the appeal which AMECEA made to various Episcopal Conference to mobilize financial resources for the Church of South Sudan.”
The fund raised by Catholic Diocese of Mongu in Zambia for the Church in South Sudan has since been remitted.