Mundri, South Sudan - South Sudan Emergency Relief
letter from Mama Rima here
News from Mundri May 2016 HERE
In 1984 the Diocese of Mundri was created as an area diocese from Rumbek with an Assistant/Suffragan Bishop covering the areas of Mundri and Lui. In December 1995 the Diocese of Mundri was finally constituted with the enthronement of Bishop Eluzai G. Munda as the first Diocesan Bishop of Mundri. Today, the Diocese of Mundri comprises of Mvolo and Mundri West Administrative Counties.
Recently, many of the projects and programmes of the Mothers’ Union in South Sudan have been disrupted by the political and humanitarian crisis that began in December 2013. Currently 1.3 million people have been displaced by the crisis, with few signs of an agreement to end fighting and restore peace. However, the Mothers’ Union has been at the forefront of the Anglican response to the crisis. The Church has already provided food aid to 721,234 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and is now looking at ways to continue to support displaced people and seek to bring peace, reconciliation and development back to their country.
The Mothers’ Union in the diocese are involved in a Community Health Education (CHE) programme that teaches about topics like HIV/AIDs and nutrition. The trainings use scripture and health knowledge to encourage both men and women to take responsibility and provide a safe environment for their families. The trainings emphasize the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:17, when he writes, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come!”. With these words of encouragement, individuals in CHE trainings are pushed to take the initiative to go to the clinic, to put knowledge into practice, and to buy the medicine and mosquito nets that are necessary for themselves and their families.
For more information visit the diocesan website: www.mundri.anglican.org
Madi and West Nile, Uganda
There are 5,101 Mothers’ Union members in the diocese of Madi and West Nile.
“Madi and West Nile is the most Islamic of the Ugandan dioceses. We border Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Southern Sudan and for the last 20 years, the instability in these countries has affected my Diocese. One of the archdeaconries known as Koboko had refugees from DRC and these results in shortage of food and socially bad culture is introduced especially copied by young people.”
This is a largely rural diocese where farming is the main occupation. Along the river fishing is important. There is small scale trading in the main town.
Faith has kept members together in fellowship. Weekly prayer themes are sent from the Mothers’ Union Community Development Coordinator to branches in the diocese. Reports from the members state that these prayers have helped Mothers’ Union members carry on their work more easily.
Activities include meetings to raise awareness of:
- Health and sanitation issues
Family planning and sexual health
Drug abuse (resulting in some evidence of a reduction in drug abuse)
Food security measures.
Other activities include:
An Alpha course has run in the women’s prison
Eucation work in schools;
Mothers’ Union consistently make home visits to families in adversity throughout the diocese offering contributions of money or gifts in kind to the sick, bereaved or those in poverty.
Mothers’ Union in Madi and West Nile would like to share the story of a girl whose parents disowned her when she became a Christian. One Christian group paid for her training to become a nurse and the Mothers’ Union gave her household items to enable her to settle in a new home near her employment.
Please pray for continued outreach to lay readers’ wives who are important for the sustainability of Mother’ Union in the diocese. Pray too for safe travel and safety of children left at home when members travel for Mothers’ Union meetings.
The name of the diocese is sometimes spelt as “Isuikwuato” and sometimes as “Isikwuato” like the name of the main town in the diocese. The diocese is also sometimes known as “Isuikwuato/Umunneochi”. The diocese was created in 2005.
Isuikwuato Town is a local government area in Abia State in south-eastern Nigeria. The town has an estimated population of over 50,000 people and contains many natural resources like Iron ore, Kaolin etc. Oil lines flow through Isuikwuato and there have been cases of burst pipes which have had severe effects on the local economy and environment. The major cash crops are palm oil and cassava.The majority of the local population are Christian.
One of the greatest challenges in the area is the danger posed from erosion, making the road into the town impassable. Other problems facing the community include lack of electricity and potable water, poor medical or functional health care infrastructures, preponderance of dilapidated school buildings, and high unemployment rate.
Mothers’ Union in the diocese are very active in reaching out to those around them. Regular activities include visiting the sick in hospital and in their homes and praying with them. Members also meet regularly to study the Bible together.
Mothering Sunday is celebrated each year across the diocese and last year the theme was “Qualities of a Christian Mother – a case study of Deborah (Judges 4)”.
Seoul, South Korea
The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin and St Nicholas or simply Seoul Cathedral, is an Anglican cathedral in Seoul, South Korea, and is the mother church of both the Anglican Church of Korea and the Diocese of Seoul.
Mothers Union was founded in Korea in 1925. Mothers’ Union training days held at Seoul Cathedral are well supported, providing services such as supporting elders’ homes, orphanages and helping prisoners without relatives.
The Mothers' Union in Seoul have a very active choir and they were invited to sing Korean folk songs and hymns at a “Singing for Peace in our Land” concert at the Lambeth Conference in 2008