…help his people:
It’s been over a decade since the first bombs fell from the sky and exploded in the schoolyard of the Holy Cross Catholic School, but it is a day I can never forget. Today, a six-foot-high cross marks the place where nineteen students and their teacher died on that dreadful 8th day of February 2000.
Because of your generous support of my Sudan Relief Fund, your brothers and sisters in the El Obeid Diocese have been able to survive the ravages of war, drought, disease, and famine. We’ve dug wells, built a hospital in the Nuba Mountains, and fed and sheltered refugees.
But now war has returned. It is sweeping through the peaceful Nuba Mountains like a wildfire and ravaging everything in its wake.
If I were a man of lesser faith, I might drown in despair. I might wonder whether God has forsaken us… whether my people here in South Sudan are somehow expendable and unworthy of His mercy and love.
But even in these dark days, I know without a doubt that God is with us.
Will you become discouraged and begin to think that there is nothing you can do? Will you turn your back and do nothing but watch our enemies “cleanse” this diocese and this country of Christians and non-Arab Africans?
I am writing to you today to ask you to continue Our Lord’s life-saving work in this desolate and forgotten place. The Christians of South Sudan have suffered so very long for their faith. And through it all the Catholic Church has been a sign of Christ’s love and hope in the region. When other aid groups have left the region, the Church has remained with the people.
Through all the hunger, disease and violence, I’ve seen poor people rejoice in celebration of the Mass. They love the Lord with all their heart and soul. In Him, they find all hope for peace.
Will you help me return this love?
Yours in Christ
Bishop Macram Gassis
Bishop, El Obeid Diocese, South Sudan
P.S. The bombs are raining down upon us! Arab militias have unleashed a new reign of terror against my peaceful people. Bombing and conflict has made the planting of crops impossible and now the rainy season is upon us that will make the roads impassable. I need your gift of $100, $200, $300 or more ASAP to get emergency food and supplies into the Nuba Mountains and other areas within my diocese. Thank you for your generous support!
Our chance to do a work of mercy.