Convention Offering

Convention Offering

Generous Response to Convention Offering for South Sudan

by the Rev. Canon Britt Olson, Canon to the Ordinary

At the request of Bishop Beisner, this year’s Diocesan Convention offering was designated for the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Those present at Convention responded with incredible generosity. The offering totaled $4,440 for assistance to the Diocese of Ezo, an area in the new nation of South Sudan recovering from nearly forty years of civil war and terrorization by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Subsequently, St. Nicholas’, Tahoe City has contributed the difference to reach the hoped for goal of $5,000.

During her recent sabbatical, Canon Britt Olson visited the remote Diocese of Ezo. In addition to the challenges presented by violence and their remote location, the church is struggling with very limited resources. The diocesan elementary school has 250 students, three trained teachers, two volunteers and no books or supplies. During the time the diocese was forced off their property because of brutal attacks from the Lord’s Resistance Army, the school rooms were damaged.

The monies will be transferred in January so the diocese may purchase books for the local school and the metal containers required to protect the books from voracious insects. The school is next to the only road (unpaved) in the area causing a safety risk for the children, increased in severity because of the children’s unfamiliarity with motorized vehicles. Due to the incredible generosity of the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, our offering contains sufficient funds to purchase the materials to build a fence between the school and the road to help keep the children safe.

Thank you all for you amazing generosity! Additional contributions by congregations or individuals may be made to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California by putting South Sudan in the memo line.

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