Peace & Global Witness Special Offering on October 1st
“So he came and proclaimed peace to those who were far off and peace to those who were near.” Ephesians 2:17
The letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a peace that is universal. While the earthly ministry of Jesus happened in a specific age and place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography.
When violence forced John Khamis to flee South Sudan in 2016 for a refugee camp in Uganda, he did not leave behind his commitment to Christian peacebuilding in a country embroiled in civil war.
John lives in the Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp along with 270,000 other South Sudanese. Amid the crowded conditions and heat, he strives to calm anger and heal bitterness among rival ethnic groups as he bears witness to the Christian call to reconciliation. He is an Episcopal clergymen and a trauma specialist with RECONCILE International, a South Sudanese ecumenical organization that works for a healthy, peaceful, and democratic society in South Sudan. He and his colleagues, many of them alumni of the Peace Institute which had been in South Sudan, are teaching members of those rival groups how to engage peaceably with each other and with others in that crowded camp.
John told a mission co-worker that life in the camp is “sometimes so overwhelming I find myself asking if this is really me. I once had a comfortable home and plenty of clean drinking water.” Yet he is not giving up; he and his colleagues are determined that the dream of peace for South Sudan will not die. Your gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering will help RECONCILE (Resource Centre for Civil Leadership) continue its persistent pursuit of peace.