Prayer Request for the Diocese of Egypt,
with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
from The Rt Revd Dr Grant LeMarquand,
Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa
April 15th, 2014
There are now officially 92,000 refugees from South Sudan in the area, with more arriving daily. We've set up churches in several camps and have been able to provide some token practical help (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - the UN Refugee Agency - and the United Nations World Food Program are doing the heavy lifting).
The specific request is to pray for 120 of these refugees from South Sudan named 'Koma' people. They are really the same people as those called Opo in Ethiopia. The Koma have had their three small villages burned by rebel soldiers in South Sudan who were trying to conscript them to fight in the conflict there. When the Koma people refused to fight, their homes were torched. This weekend they arrived in our Opo villages and are being cared for by the church there. We were able to send a big cooking pot, some clothes (from our church in Addis), some mosquito nets and ground sheets. The good news is that David Onuk, our Opo priest, is also taking home a copy of the Gospel of Mark in Opo - finished this week. This is the first book of the Bible in the Opo language. They will read it straight through this Easter weekend.