Wholistic Transformation in Wau Diocese started with an exchange programme funded by CMS-Africa 2010-11. The cross-cultural mission saw the leadership of Wau Diocese visit Machakos Diocese in Kenya to see the Biogas Project and the work of the Diocesan Development Wing known as UCCS.
They also visited the Diocese of Morogoro to see the work of the Development Wing of the Diocese that was then headed by Canon Johnson Chinyongole, current the Secretary General of the Anglican Church of Uganda.
From the exchange visits, Bishop Deng embarked on revamping and reforming the diocesan operations and structure. Now there is a good record keeping and all the systems are functional and in place including the doing of quarterly reports and newsletters among others. Plans are underway for CMS-Africa to do capacity building for the financial and administrative officers of the diocese. This will be the climax of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CMS-Africa and Wau Diocese where the diocese is becoming a Community of Best Practice, espousing all the CMS-Africa interventions.
From their visit to Machakos and Morogoro dioceses, Bishop Moses Deng and a lay Minister Gabriel Majok Longar went back to South Sudan and started a Diocesan Relief and Development Wing known as Christian Action for Relief and Development (CARD)
CARD has so far made several achievements in South Sudan:
Additionally, Wau diocese, in partnership with CMS-Africa, has continued to conduct VISION Conferences for the clergy and diocesan workers. This has served as an eye opener and led to more and more parishes initiating their own sustainable programmes and activities, making God’s working in South Sudan self-sustaining.
Recently, the Financial Freedom for Families (F4) trainings have just been completed and the capacities of the church members and the servants of God on how to be better stewards of the resources the Lord God has given unto them has been strengthened.
The Diocesan Theological College that offers diplomas in theology St John College of Theology and Development has incorporated concepts of wholistic development in its curriculum and is now producing religious leaders who are developmentally conscious.
By John Ndeta