O God, surround those who travel, in Your service, with Your loving care;
protect them from every danger; bring
them safely to their journey’s end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May - July 2015
Between May and July 2015 Santino Dut, parishioner at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA, took leave from his job at Virginia Seminary to assist his disabled brother move from Juba to Abyei. Dut returned from South Sudan a married man.
September 9 - October 29
Bishop Joseph Garang Atem, Diocese of Renk, returns to the U.S. for his annual visit to meet with partners in the Diocese of Chicago and supporting agencies. AFRECS and the Diocese of VA will host him on visits to the State Dept., NGO’s and other government offices on The Hill, as well as partner parishes in VA. He will also travel to the Diocese of North Carolina. He expects to attend the AFRECS Conference at St. Paul’s, Alexandria, VA, Oct. 23-25. Contact: Jackie Kraus, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFRECS 10th Annual National Conference, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA – site of the inaugural AFRECS conference. Theme: Peace & Partnerships.
2015 Triennial Meeting of Episcopal Church Women
and United Thank Offering
UTO grants $61,290.00 to two ECSSS Dioceses: The Diocese of Olympia (WA), on behalf of Companion Diocese of Aweil, requested funds for mentors and trainers who will select, mentor, and train South Sudanese youth living in Kakuma Refugee Camp, to participate in mix-tribal teams for soccer and volleyball. The project will be a venue for promoting peace and reconciliation and for enlisting other young people to be trained and mentored as peacemakers. $15,000.00 (The Diocese of El Camino Real is also in partnership with Olympia and Aweil.)
The Diocese of Virginia, on behalf of Companion Diocese Ibba, requested funds for an essential vehicle for Bishop Wilson Kamani to transport him out to reach the area of his diocese. $46,290.00 (For further information about 2015 UTO grants, go to https://uto2014.wordpress.com/2015-grant-awards )