SOS from Bishop Unda Yemba GabrielPosted: December 29, 2014 Filed under: Bishop's Blog | Tags: Bishop Bill McAlilly, bishop mcalilly, Bishop Unda Yemba Gabriel, christ, Christmas, displaced people, east congo, jesus, Methodist, prayers, rebels, SOS, united methodist 6 Comments
Today I received the below communication (originally dated Dec. 28 from Africa) from Bishop Unda Yemba Gabriel, resident bishop of the East Congo Episcopal Area. To remind you, Bishop Unda preached at our 2014 Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences in June 2014. He thanked our Nashville Episcopal Area for raising money in 2013 to construct an Episcopal office and residence in the Congo, which I helped dedicate during my August 2014 trip to Africa. If you wish to offer any financial assistance for the current crisis he describes below, please send to your conference treasurer for “Bishop Unda SOS.” ~ Bishop Bill McAlilly
To brothers and sisters in Christ:
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As I write these few lines, my heart is too heavy because of the situation going on in Beni territory, northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is part of my Episcopal Area. The efforts of our army (are) insufficient to protect people.
People there are killed every day in the neighboring villages and we run the risk of losing all our believers. Two weeks ago, a group of Uganda rebels killed people in the villages (of) Kamango, Oicha and Mbawu. A Methodist family (a father, his wife and their two children) were killed with machetes.
Many people are fleeing to Beni. Our local congregations there are crowded with displaced people who flee from villages for their lives. We need your prayers. But, as you know, food and basic needs must be met. Our evangelization should reach people in need.
I am sending this SOS message to all those who may want to help.
May God be with us all during Christmas, but let’s keep in mind that our brothers and sisters are dying somewhere because of selfish interests.
Bishop Unda Yemba Gabriel
Resident Bishop, East Congo Episcopal Area
We sent money today. May God multiply our efforts.
It breaks my heart to hear of such sadness once again for Bishop Unda Yemba Gabriel. He has endured so much. I continue to remember him in my prayers as I wear the “No more malaria” green bracelet in his honor that I received at Annual Conference. May the Lord watch over him and help him meet the needs of his people.
How can we help? Is there going to be an UMCOR # issued for giving?
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers for peace and hope.
Please keep us updated and let us know how we can help.
Ours prayers are with these good people.