The Episcopal Church of the Sudan

                                  Diocese of Cueibet

 

 

                             About the ECS

ECS faces myriads of the challenges as it seeks to serve the communities in South Sudan in collaboration with local CBOs, national and international NGOs which are operating in the area , since the signing of comprehensive Peace Agreement  in 2005, we have labored to restore hope , confidence and dignity and to be part of the reconciliation processes  .

There are also  challenges of poverty , hunger, diseases, illiteracy, ethnic conflicts and corruption. To be effective , our relationship with grass root communities, local Organs must remain vibrant , as we continue to discern our roles of supporting them .Despite the many challenges, both political and economical, we have continued   to look up to God for His protection and the provision of the most needed resources; both human and economic resources, indeed since 1995 , when Diocese of Cueibet created during the war , the desire of our organization has been  to see South Sudan transformed into a country where Christ is honoured in every aspect.

   Over the years , ECS has built an enviable relationship with the local CBOs , grass root communities in South Sudan and Cueibet Diocese in particular and has gained skills and experience in training to social development ,Education and capacity building. Evidently, ECS has played a major role already in rebuild the nation through its various programmes.

   Under God , our aim is build on the successes we have had and   therefore one of the purpose of the  ECS and Her Dioceses including  Cueibet in the  Provincial synod 2011 in Juba is to rekindle our historical relationship with the  Institutional department , Local and national NGOs  and to see how we might continue to work collaboratively in the achieving our shared vision and mission to  disciple  the nation of South Sudan and Lakes state in particular ..

        It emerged that the current political  development in the country and the role of the Church are matters of pressing concerns. In view of mixed messages on the status of the referendum , the need for prayer is urgent and it is irreplaceable both for the remaining period leading to the independent .

 

                            Origin of Cueibet Diocese

Diocese of Cueibet was created in 1995 out of Rumbek Diocese as a result of rapid growth of the ECS Church in South  Sudan that led to the ECS Province to create more Dioceses for better services and easy management of the Church.

Diocese of Cueibet is composes of three ethnic groups, (Pakam in North East of Cueibet Diocese which is north of Rumbek Diocese, and Gok in central of the Diocese which is west of Rumbek Diocese and Jur-beli in South east of Cueibet Diocese which is south of Rumbek Diocese, that make the map of the Diocese looks cave, this made Rumbek to be the Cross-road by Air or by land to go to each of these three areas  of Cueibet Diocese

 

 

b) Population

This is the population in general according to the result census of 2009 and the Christians populations in particular are the recent records of the last synod held in November

                        

s/no

Name of Area

Population

No of Christians

Political Name

1

Gok

117,755

97,345

CueibetCounty

2

Pakam

43,410

39,070

RumbekNorthCounty

3

Wulu

40,550

27,,950

WuluCounty

 

Total

201,715

164,365

 

 

c) Situation

When Diocese was created in 1995 these areas were Payams under Rumbek County and before C.P.A. sign, they were promoted into counties.

These three areas are marginalize  areas  politically, educationally and developmentally until the word of God came to the area and spread into the last corner of these areas during the war , beginning from 1990—1995 and these three areas were covered by the word of God and Church started to introduce random education and informal classes were started as an adult literacy in the cattle-camp, Bushes  and villages and this is  where ECS Province was able to encourage the believers by creating a Dioceses including Diocese of Cueibet.

And the first Bishop of Cueibet was Concreted in 1995 and enthroned in the year 1996 outside the main road from Rumbek to Wau Because of insecurity of war between North and South  which had become now the south Sudan. But in 2004 this Diocesan Hqrs was destroyed by youth because of ethnic conflict fighting but when the peace was sign in 2005 we moved to the town Cueibet in the main road to Wau from Rumbek, which was not a town because it was demolished in 1985 by Government soldiers and we started fresh in the plat ground .

 

 During the War  between North and South , Pakam community were living together with Gok communities in Gok area when they  were displaced by Nuer in 1992 cattle-raiding  until 2004 , before the CPA  was sign,  this is when the conflict  between Gok and Pakam started  between them, it was about 12 years  Gok and Pakam were living  together peacefully under Church  and managing their local conflicts and disputes peacefully and there was a constructive social relation   that led to the high intermarriage between them .

 Church is a peace maker or it can initiate the peace,  reconcile and promote it and there are many examples done by the church, like  Wut-lit  peace initiative which is the famous one

Click here to see a map showing the Diocese of Cueibet.