Helping South Sudan

Helping South Sudan

2012 Diocesan Convention Offering Helps South Sudan

At the 2012 Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, held in Anderson, Bishop Barry Beisner designated the offering for the Diocese of Ezo in South Sudan. Canon Britt Olson had recently returned from a visit to this very remote diocese near the borders of Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

The Diocese of Ezo operates a primary school for nearly 200 children. The school buildings had been abandoned in 2010 because of repeated raids by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), whose brutally violent behavior includes kidnapping children to become soldiers, rape, mutilation and murder. As Bishop John Zawo and the diocese rebuild their complex they provide a place of safety and hope for many who have come back to their land.

Sadly the school children had no books and no storage containers to protect these fragile materials from the climate and insects in the jungle. In addition, the school sits next to the only road through the jungle and small children were in danger of wandering into the path of oncoming vehicles.

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California responded generously at Convention and with follow-up gifts from individuals and congregations. We were able to provide $6,000 for the purchase of books, storage units and fencing supplies. Because of the great distance and the difficulty in obtaining materials, the fencing was only recently completed.

Unfortunately, the LRA are making their presence known again in the Diocese of Ezo. Please continue to keep our brothers and sisters in your prayers as you read the following message from their Bishop:

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We hope this letter finds you well. We apologize for the long delay to send you the attached photo of the school books and fence as you requested. We had been on the run from the LRA flash attack on us again here in Ezo.

Find below here the attached photos of the school kids and the school fence. The engineer who cut the metallic bars fail to reach our requirements, so,we have fined him to replace them, but we could not wait more long to post you these pictures and so we put these short ones for time being.

Our best wishes to the bishop and all Faithfuls (sic) at Northern California.

+Bp. John K. Zawo.


UPDATE: Recent political and tribal turmoil in South Sudan has created a humanitarian crisis. Please consider supporting Episcopal Relief and Development as they work with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to provide relief to refugees and victims of violence. You may view more information and make a donation at

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1. Lucretia Jevne wrote:
In 2013 your Diocesan Millennium Development Commission granted $2800 in scholarship money for Hope and Resurrection School in Atiaba, in the interior and 234 miles from Juba. Mary and Jim Higbee from Faith Church, Cameron Park, worked there as Episcopal Missionaries and continue to foster a relationship between the school and Faith Church. They have said that the area is peaceful and the school year will begin in April as usual. A bit of good news in the midst of tragic violence.

Lucretia Jevne for the MDG Commission

Thu, February 27, 2014 @ 5:33 PM

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