The following report is based on personal observation, interviews with Bishop Grant LeMarquand, and quite a shameless amount of "plagiarism" from various reports written by a new and dear friend from Egypt, Rosie Fyfe, who works with Bishop Mouneer in the Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa.
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3. Churches in the Gambella Region
ST BARNABAS’, GAMBELLA
An Anuak congregation served by the Rev Girma Obong and Dcn Darash Thatha
Daughter Churches are Illea, Kir, Pohal, Imar, Abol, and Bonga. The Anuak are the indigenous people of the Gambella region, and make up approximately 20% of the population of Gambella.
ST LUKE’S, GAMBELLA
St. Luke’s was the first Nuer Anglican congregation in the Gambella region. The church, located in Gambella the capital of the Gambella region, has a long standing relationship with St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in
. The priest-in-charge is the Rev. Stephen Kuany. The Nuer people live in the border regions
Ababa Sudan and .
Many of the Nuer people who are now in Gambella were originally from Ethiopia .
Dimma is a gold mining area in the southern-most part of the Gambella region. The first Anglican church in Dimma was planted in a refugee camp, which is no longer there. Most of the people who were in that refugee camp were Dinka, and have now been repatriated to
. When they left Dimma, they
gave their church to the local Anuak people. Sudan
The priest-in-charge is the Rev Wilson Okwello. As well as the daughter churches in the surrounding villages listed below, the congregation has also an outreach program to the Tsamako people, an unreached people group. Daughter churches in surrounding villages are Gedu, Markes, and Remu.
PINYIDU REFUGEE CAMP
Considered a permanent camp, Pinyadu is one of the oldest refugee camps in the Gambella Region. It is located in the south of the Gambella region. Most of the churches are Nuer, although there is one Dinka congregation and two Anuak congregations in formation. There are approximately 40,000 people in this refugee camp which is divided into two, Old Camp, and New Camp.
Six Nuer congregations, two Anuak, and one Dinka all served by the Rev Paul Puok.
A new section started in 2012 to accommodate the 16,000 new arrivals, mostly from the Blue Nile region of
South Sudan. Two Nuer Mission centres served by the
Rev Michael Lual
The congregation at
are mostly Nuer people, with some Anuak members. The priest-in-charge is the
Rev. Simon Ker. He is responsible for the mission centre, as well as the
following daughter churches: Duk, Kuachthiang,
Koatngoal, Waken, Kuerroh, Luakdong, and Kowkow. St. Paul
Tiergol is located on the border with
and consequently can be unstable. Currently, the only way to reach Tiergol is
by boat, although there is a road under construction. Most are the congregation
are Nuer people. The priest-in-charge is
the Rev. Michael Anyar Garang, serves 3 Dinka and Nuer congregations.
Daughter churches are Lol-kwac
St. Peter’s is a Nuer congregation. The priest-in charge is the Rev. John Gach. The congregation are very active, and have four daughter churches, Rotlong, Burebiey, Tonyler, and Gade, all connected to the mission centre.
Pilwal Mission Centre is a Nuer congregation and one of the more recently established mission centres, but it has six daughter churches connected to it. Peter Gak is the Deacon-in-charge. The daughter churches are Wath-gal, Malow, Thorow, Yom, Thiaajak, and Pal-deang.
Mission centre is a Nuer congregation. The
priest-in-charge is the Rev . Peter Kuel. In 2012, the whole town of was flooded and
the congregation have almost finished rebuilding their church on higher ground. Daughter
churches are Wiy, Bil-dak, Puldeng, Adura, Gear, and Jikow. Nininyang
Itang used to be the home of the largest refugee camp in the world, made up mostly of Dinkas who have since returned to
Itang now has both Nuer and Anuak people groups. There are four Nuer congregations in
Itang with one Anuak congregation in formation.
There are an additional four Nuer and three Anuak congregations in the
surrounding areas and one more in Illea.
These churches are served by the Rev Isaac Pur Wal and layman Peter Tot
Chuol (Nuer), and the Rev Gimar Obang and Dcn Luke Gala.
Jesus Prince of Peace is the Mission Centre for five Opo congregations served by the Rev David Onuk who is also the Opo Missioner. The Opo have only been Christians for 6 years, having been evangelized by Dcn Gordon Rock. Their entire ethnic group numbers approximately 5,000 people. They do not have a Bible in their own language.
Until they became Anglican Christians they had no written language. They now have Morning Prayer and Holy Communion in their language, and they desire the Bible in their own language. Daughter churches are Bonga, Lungkey, Mera, Lulbare, and Pamdin.