An update on the current situation in South Sudan will be given by two visitors from that country at a CMSI Connor Yei Focus Evening.
The event, beginning at 7.30pm on Tuesday May 13, will be hosted by the Rev Andrew Sweeney of Ballymoney parish and will take place in St Patrick’s Parish Church Hall.
Bishop Anthony Poggo is from Kajo Keji diocese, just east of the Diocese of Connor’s partner Diocese of Yei, and he will be giving an up to date overview of the current situation in South Sudan and how it is affecting the lives of ordinary people.
He will also be discussing how the church is responding to the crisis at all levels. He is an experienced communicator and author and has taken a lead in calling for a peaceful resolution.
The Rev Basil Buga from Yei will talk about what is happening in Yei Diocese, and the diocese’s future plans.
Both speakers are visiting Ireland for the Bicentenary celebrations of CMS Ireland.
CMSI Partnership Co–ordinator Jenny Smyth, who travelled to South Sudan in March, said: “From my recent visit to South Sudan I was deeply impressed with the role of the church leaders in speaking out for Christian principles to guide actions and the practical ways ordinary Christians are involved in caring for those suffering. I hope to show some photos from the visit at the Focus Evening.”
She said there will also be an opportunity to discuss the way different parishes here have been involved in the Yei/Connor link and how this can be developed into the future.
“This promises to be an interesting and informative evening,” Jenny added.