South Sudan Prelate Unveils Diocesan Synod Theme ahead of Release on Mission Sunday

A poster of the first Diocesan Synod in South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese from November-December 7, 2019.

South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese will on the occasion of this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday release the document of its first Synod, the diocese’s Prelate has said, disclosing the theme of the document on local media.

“The celebration of the Mission Sunday in our diocese comes under the celebration of our first Diocesan Synod where we will be handing out the final document of our own Synod,” Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of told Anisa Radio of Tombura-Yambio Diocese Thursday, October 8.

In his address ahead of the October 18 event, Bishop Hiiboro said the theme of the Synod would be, “We are a family of God’s people, a participatory servant Church.”

He explained, “In a journey of a hundred years, we have sat down to see how this local Church is truly grounded in its faith and in the mission that it has given to it and to go out as individual missionaries united in Christ to bring the one message of Salvation to ourselves, families, neighbours, communities, entire diocese and to our nation and the world.”    

Referring to the essence of Mission Sunday happening on the second last Sunday of October, the South Sudanese Bishop said, “We celebrate the Mission Sunday at the invitation of the Lord himself; God created the world, created the people in His image and He commanded them in the book of Genesis Chapter one verse 26, he says, ‘we created human beings in our own image’.”


It was after the creation of the human race, Bishop Hiiboro said in reference to the scripture, that God instructed humanity to ‘fill the earth and subdue it’.

The Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese further said that God’s command was that “human beings go out to spread His love, His kindness, His beauty, His intelligence in all that they do.” 

“We are all invited; we are all called as believers and Christians to be missionaries to the kind of world in which we are in today,” the Prelate said.

He posed, “Whom shall I send in this diocese of Tombura-Yambio to preach the gospel to people who are disabled? Whom shall I send to preach to the children who are abandoned or orphaned?”

Explaining that Mission Sunday is an opportunity to embrace the spirit of missionary, Bishop Hiiboro further posed, “Whom shall I send to give a smile to the sick, the bedridden people around within our societies? Whom shall I send to bring the message of peace and love to the fighting and hateful communities out there within our society?”

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“We are invited to preach the Word of God to South Sudan, which is already in crisis,” he asserted, and added, “With the type of South Sudan now, what type of missionaries are we going to bring, to be, to send to preach to South Sudan to change the way of doing things?”

He went on to pose, “Whom shall I send to the divorced family? Whom shall I send to announce the gospel to that community which is very far, not within the reach to bring the Word of God to the people, the government officials and the military?”