24 Apr 2019


Taban Deng Urges Churches To Reconcile Communities

The First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai has called on Church leaders to reconcile communities that have been fractured since the start of the 2013 conflict in the country.

 Taban Deng Urges Churches To Reconcile Communities
Taban Deng Gai (centre) with members of the Presbyterian Church [Gurtong Photo by Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 20 August 2018 [Gurtong]-
Speaking in Juba on Monday during a Strategic Planning Workshop for Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, Taban Deng Gai said it was time for the church to move forward with reconciliation of communities.

“As Churches you need to reconcile the communities,” gen Taban Deng Gai told participants. “There is no crisis again. In the book of AU, there is no military take over. It is a taboo. Let me assure you that we are for peace not violence again,” the First Vice President assured.

The strategic planning workshop was meant to revive the hymns, styles of preaching, mission, and evangelism. It was also meant to emphasize on the modern way forward for South Sudan Presbyterian Church.

The workshop conducted under the theme ‘come let us reason together,’ would run for four days.

The FVP reiterated that it was a high time for Churches to work hard in order to build love amongst people and return back to normal life as one people of South Sudan.

Gen Taban urged the Churches to take lead in uniting communities, saying that there was no more violence again in the country since a new peace deal was signed.

He encouraged the Churches to start building and preaching peace to the local communities.
The FVP said what would be accepted for means of obtaining a political seat was democracy not any other means.

“What is accepted is democracy whether you call it tribal democracy or what then that is what is accepted and it will continue to be accepted for the case of South Sudan,” he said.

Gen Taban also called on the Churches to be independent and hardworking, advising them not to rely on missionaries again since they had helped the churches in the country a lot.

He encouraged the church to train pastors and continue development in order to accomplish great things for the country.

“We must develop as the world develops. If there are training aspects which are necessary for our pastors then let’s develop them. They will stand firm in the churches,” the FVP elaborated.
Ret Tut Mai Nguoth, Deputy Director for Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA) Act Alliance urged the Christians to pray for the progress of South Sudan.

“Let us pray for our country. Let us cooperate, let us work together,” he said. “In the Kingdom of God, all of us are equal. We are equal servants to the Lord and to the country,” Nguoth added.
James Tor Monybuny, the Governor of Central Upper Nile State, who attended the strategic planning workshop, assured the Church that the government was seriously committed to maintaining peace across the country.

Governor Monybuny encouraged the Church to maintain its role of building peace and harmony among people, affirming that the government was committed to further the development of churches.

“It is our responsibility as society to help Church in development,” Governor Monybuny said.   


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