Bishop John Zawo's Visit
Update on Bishop Zawo's Visit:
.For several months, we've been in the early stages of planning a visit by John Zawo, Bishop of the Diocese of Ezo in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS).On Friday, January 5, Rector David Lucey and Jack Mathias talked to Bishop John by telephone. Bishop John told us that Ezo had been enjoying a period of peace, with no violence or threats to safety. He also described Ezo's celebrations of Christmas and New Year's Day.
On January 10, Bishop John will be traveling from Ezo to Yambio, the nearest large town. This will require a 5-hour trip by motorbike, the only available form of transportation. From Yambio, Bishop John will fly on to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. While in Juba, he will participate in meetings to elect a new Archbishop of ECSSS and conduct other church business.
Later in January, Bishop John will fly from Juba to Kampala, Uganda, where he'll apply for a visa to visit the United States. (Although the U.S. embassy to South Sudan is in Juba, the consular section has been closed due to concerns about safety.) We expect to hear from Bishop John by email during his rip. We also hope to talk to him again by telephone.
Once he receives his visa, Bishop John will make his final plans for visiting us. (He'll need to enter the U.S. within 90 days of receiving his visa.) We expect that his visit will occur in March and will last about 2-3 weeks. We are now beginning to plan events and meetings for his visit, raising funds for this travel, and organizing other support for his trip.
If you have any questions about Bishop John's visit or would like to be involved with the planning, please contact David or Jack.