By Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne
In February, just north of Nairobi in Kenya, I met with 50 South Sudanese students at St Paul’s University, Limuru.
They are studying various subjects, including business, communication and theology.
During our three hours together, which included an address by the Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, they shared their love of their new country and concerns about its current crisis. Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Day had moving resonances.
Bishop Gwynne Theological College in Juba teaches the Diploma in Theology of St Paul’s University and there are close links between the institutions.
Bishop Moses Deng, of the Diocese of Wau, was a leading student at St Paul’s and in January was back for a short course in Reconciliation.
St Paul’s University has seen remarkable growth in the last 3 years, under its new Vice Chancellor, The Revd Prof Joseph Galgalo.
The number of students has tripled from 2000 to 6000, and of staff from 100 to 300: six new university buildings have gone up, using income from student fees rather than grants from overseas.
Bishop Gwynne College hopes eventually to grow into a university: for this, long term peace is essential. Let us pray for peace and be generous in our giving.
Details of Bishop Nicholas’s appeal for humanitarian aid for South Sudan, and of Archbishop Justin’s visit to Juba and Bor in January, are on our website.
Many grateful thanks to all who have given so far. The easiest way of giving is via the web through Just Giving, www.justgiving.com/sdbf