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 A Christmas Message (2019), Bishop Moses speaking in Church

by The Most Rev Moses Deng Bol, Archbishop of Northern Bahr el Ghazal Internal Province and Bishop of the Diocese of Wau.


Christmas is a time to remember the birth of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Although he was born by virgin Mary Jesus was a Jew. This beg the question as to why we remember his birth and not the birthday of other Jews like him.

The answer is that we remember Jesus Christ not just because of his miraculous birth but for what he has done for us. In many of his public statements Jesus made it clear that the purpose of his coming is to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God. You will read one of these statements in the Gospel according to St Luke 4:42-44.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God Luke 9:1-2.

1 Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. 2 Then he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,

Jesus used parables to explain what the Kingdom of God is, whom does the Kingdom of God belongs to and when will the Kingdom God come. One of these parables is the parable of the talents in Mathew 25:14-30.

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”.

There are two different ways in which one can interpret this parable. One is to say that Jesus was referring to spiritual gifts that God has given to each of us for the building up of the Kingdom of God. But also the other way of interpreting is that by using this parable Jesus has endorsed business. In this parable therefore we see a number of things which are needed for a business to succeed;

Capacity or ability of the people who does the business. We are told in the story that each of the three servants was given a certain number of talents based on his ability or capacity.

Capital-We are also told in the parable that each of the three servants was given the capital they needed to start the business by the master.

Time-The master gave the three servants time to use the talents he gave them and make profit before asking them to give him an account of how they have used the money.

Hard work-The bible tells us that two of the three servants were hardworking and so they were able to put the capital given to them in use and make profit. The other one was lazy and so he was not able to put the money given to him in use even though he was given the same amount of time like the other two servants.

I am therefore appealing to the South Sudanese young people to develop your capacity in your area of interest, make business plan and share it with your uncle or aunt and ask him/her to give you a capital to start the business which will benefit the two of you or as a loan which you will refund back after some time.

I am also urging you to join the campaign for inclusion of women and youth enterprise Development Fund in the national budget so that the youth and women who have the capacity can be given capital to start businesses.

I also urge the youth to work hard and manage their time well as these some of the keys to success was we have seen in the case of the first two servants in this parable.

These will improve the lives of the women and the youth who will benefit from the fund which is the purpose of Jesus’s coming as he clearly started in his Manifesto in the Gospel of Luke 4:18-19.

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

In this regard we are thankful to our friends and partners especially Humanitarian Relief Trust, Anglican Relief and Development fund (ARDF), Global partnership committee, Poole Wau Partnership (PWP), Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), Justice Africa among others who supported us throughout the year. These supports have enable us to fulfil the manifesto of our Lord by helping our people to meet some of their basic needs such as providing food and non-food items to flood affected communities providing education and health care, facilitation of inter-communal peace and reconciliation conferences etc.


As we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ during this Christmas season, let us not forget that we are not just remembering his miraculous birth but also his ministry of preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God to all nations which he has commissioned us as His disciples to carry forward Mathew 28:16:20.

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Every blessing.

23/12/19 (taken from the Wau Diocese Facebook page Facebook logo


sketch map of South Sudan inc Juba 1st city and Wau 2nd cityChristians in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan have a logo for wau diocese in South Sudanlong-standing link with our diocese (Salisbury).  Information about our diocesan Sudan Link can be found here .

Our deanery (Poole) is linked in particular with the WAU DIOCESE in South Sudan.  W
au Diocese covers two out of the 10 States of South Sudan which existed in Dec 2016:  the diocese is divided into 17 Archdeaconries. 

Wau Diocese within South Sudan

Bishop Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol was enthroned in 2010.  He has visited our parish several times and some of our church members visited Wau a few years ago.   (Read about that visit here)



On our Poole-Wau Publications page, read and download recent Poole-Wau Partnership newsletters and read the 'Renewal' magazines produced by the Wau Diocese.  "For your prayers
Famine has been declared in part of South Sudan by the government and the UN. 
More details here " from Diocesan e-bulletin (Feb 21st)



 Two Area Dioceses marked on Wau Diocese map

Early in 2016 two Area Dioceses were created—Tonj and Gogrial—in order to make administering the area easier.


WAU DIOCESE  is much the biggest diocese in South Sudan with a population of about 2 million and an area the size of England.


Bishop Moses speaking in Church
May 2011

 Photo plan of the Wau Cathedral compound


 Bishop Moses crossing bridge

 St John's College building March 2013St John's College logo


ST JOHN'S COLLEGE is a key part of Bishop Moses's strategy for Wau Diocese, and also for the wider region.

 St John's College student reading

The College was started in 2011 with 3 students and in 2016 has 40 in 3 year-streams.

It held its first Graduation ceremony in 2016.


Library at St John's College
For historical reasons all the other Theological Colleges are concentrated in the east or south of the country, hundreds of miles away.

Graduation Day at St Johns College 2016


 group photo at St John's College Mar 2016

 As well as training pastors, the College is now offering Business Studies and Teacher Training, and intends to expand into other areas in the future.

 students and staff at St John's College


 pastor on donkeylady with baby - Apr- 2016





For a long time Wau has remained free of the fighting that has afflicted some other parts of South Sudan.

However, in June 2016, it was attacked by unknown forces, leaving hundreds of people dead.


 fighting near Wau in June 2016

 people escaping fighting in Wau -June 2016


Peace has returned, but large numbers of people who fled the fighting are still afraid to return home and are camped out at either the UN compound or the Roman Catholic Cathedral.


A mural expressing people's
weariness with fighting ...


 tents and refugees displaced from Wau - June 2016

Let us all do our part mural







sacks of food being unloaded from truck



Most of the displaced people are being fed by the UN and other agencies.


ladies carrying sacks of food away on their heads 


The Poole—Wau Partnership sent a gift of $4000 to Bishop Moses as a contribution.


 sacks of food being carried by ladies on their heads




South Sudan should be an exporter of food, but in fact the country is only being kept going as a result of the UN Food Programme.


 loaves of bread

 crops not growing well


Fighting means that crops are not being planted or harvested in many areas, and even in good times, agricultural productivity is very low.




 Oxen ploughing in field


Wau Diocese has its own agency (CARD) to help farmers improve productivity, as with the introduction of ox-ploughs, which can multiply the amount of land a family can cultivate by up to 10 times.


Oxen some yoked in pairs.  Perhaps at market or sale



Rows of new ploughs

  Much of South Sudan’s agriculture and culture revolves around cattle herding.

Cultivated crops are less important to most tribes.


 farmer and cow near Wau


 POOLE HOSPITAL  has a link with Wau Teaching Hospital

 Bridge over River Jur


  WATER in Wau is mostly pumped out of the River Jur and supplied by tanker or donkey-cart.


 Water in cylindrical tank from River Jur


water supply tanker


There are also boreholes in different places.


 Water pump - well or bore hole


DIOCESAN GUEST HOUSE - this is a project entirely funded by Poole and North Bournemouth Deanery

new Guest House floor plan - Oct 2015

  The aim was to:-
[1] offer accommodation to international visitors who can help build up the ‘capacity’ of the Diocese and St John’s College  and
[2] generate income for the Diocese.


The project was started in 2013 and completed early in 2016.


Church service with Rev Chris Strain, St Lukes 

 building work on main buildingof Guest House


 Richard and Jeff discussing the building of the Guest House


 dismantling of the old guest house




 roof trusses on main building of Guest House


 Bishop Moses, Richard and Jeff - March 2013


 old guest house before demolition

 It involved rebuilding an abandoned Colonial house, the residence of the last British Governor,
old guest house being demolished


and alongside it building a new accommodation block to western standards.


 wall foundations at Guest House

 View of new Guest House


 inside an area of the Guest House whilst work continuing

inside corridor of Guest House nearing completion


 Guest House being built - June 2015






 water tower between two buildings at Guest House


 Guest House, both buildings and wall


 inside the Guest House



It has already accommodated numerous international visitors




- from Germany, the USA and Uganda, among others.




  WEATHER—there are two seasons, wet (April/ May to Sept/ Oct) and dry.

vehicles on dusty road


Crops growing in Wau - wet season 
Crops growing in Wau
in the wet season




  FLOODING Is a common result
of the rains:
road transport is often
seriously disrupted

flooded land with two people on wooden log shaped boat.


 vehicle in water near road in Warrap

 Samule Mabith on motor bike



Rev Samuel Mabith,
 Wau Diocese
  Communications Officer


  TRANSPORT Red Cross plane arriving - people waiting
is by road or air.
There are no functioning railways.


  general scene in Wau inc people on cycles

Wau is 400 miles by road from the capital, JUBA and as a result is rather out on a limb, even though It is South Sudan’s “Second City”

aerial view of Wau City

 Richard Tazewell 4-12-16

updated 7/11/20