Walking in Companionship
There has been an Anglican presence in Lui since 1920 when Dr. Kenneth Fraser of the Church Missionary Society established a mission in what is now South Sudan.
The Diocese of Lui is part of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and was established in 1999. The diocese has about 25 parishes, 40 clergy, and 50 Mothers’ Union ministers.
A civil war lasting 21 years took a huge toll on the country. During the war bombs destroyed the fabric of life in Lui. The war ended in 2005 when the Comprehensive Peace Treaty was ratified.
In this time of recovery and reconstruction, the country faces an array of public health concerns including high infant mortality rate, malaria, HIV-AIDS, and hypertension.
The Episcopal Church has continued to play a significant role in helping to rebuild the country.
In 2006 the Diocese of Missouri and the Diocese of Lui formed a companion relationship with the signing of a Covenant Agreement.
Our baptismal promise compels us to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves. We commit to these covenants by coordinating regular mission trips to the Diocese of Lui.
This partnership ministry now includes members from the Blackmore Vale Deanery of the Salisbury Diocese in Great Britain and the Diocese of Lund the Church of Sweden (Lutheran).
• Support exchanges between dioceses
• Rebuild and support health care in Lui
• Organize regular & special mission trips to Lui
• Provide theological education for clergy & laity
• Assist development
Faithful Episcopalians from Missouri volunteer for mission trips. They come from all walks of life, and have a wide range of experience and skills.
The bishops of Missouri and Lui determine the goals for each trip. Current priorities:
• Water projects
• Grinding mills
• Primary education
• Basic adult education
• Diocesan Center for Lui
• Mothers’ Union initiatives
Common work accomplished
Ten deep-water wells have been drilled; water projects are an ongoing priority.
Over 100 children in seven villages participated in art workshops. Their artwork has been reproduced on note cards offered for sale. The proceeds assist health and education in Lui.
Educational help includes theological training & conferences, English and ESL classes, and school fees for children of clergy.
Bicycles and motor bikes have been given to the clergy of Lui who rely on them for primary transportation.
Lui faces many health challenges; medical teams from Missouri help identify these issues and provide education and resources.
A grant from UTO helped us provide a sorghum grinding mill in Kediba.
Checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, 1210 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103 with memo line "Companion Diocese Committee," or donate online.