High tension in Kakuma Refugees camps as refugees refused to welcome Pastor Rev.Peter Gai Lual.
By Sirir Gabriel,
Dec 24, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — According to an eye witness, a young South Sudanese nationalist who took refuge in Kakuma refugee camp (Zone 5), tension between sections of Presbyterian Church of Sudan (P.C.O.S) remain high in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
The source revealed that the church split into sections in protest to receiving the current Moderator, Rev. Peter Gai Lual, to guide them through Christmas Service.
According to the eye witnesses, one section of the congregation attest that Rev. Peter Gai Lual supports the “filthy regime” of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardiit, which is accused of having massacred civilians in Juba and other parts of South Sudan.
“The tension is very high up to now, congregations have split into two groups those who support Rev. Peter Gai Lual, the Moderator of Presbyterian Churches of Sudan (P.C.O.S), and those who refuses to attend the services headed by somebody who support a dictator to rule (He Gai Lual)” say the witness.
The source believe that many youths, who serve as Choirs from the church are mobilized and put on alert by some group of Pastors and elders, including deacons, who are headed by the pastor in charge of Kakuma’s P.C.O.S branch, Rev. Peter Gony Yach and Mr. Majak Chot Khat, the Choirs’ Captain.
The other section, pro-moderator, are organizing to conduct the service and “face any threat from any group of youths who may want to disturb the Moderator as he celebrates the Christmas day”.
Others believe that Rev. Peter Gai Lual should not be allowed to conduct the service.
“The man of God Rev. Gai Lual have forgotten the ways of teaching and preaching the words of God since he decided to support the government which killed and molest more souls last year in Juba” said another witness in Sunday schools.
“Gai Lual is not our moderator anymore, because he condemned the resistance forces in Bentiu when the mighty freedom fighters forced the dictatorial warriors to evacuate the town” shouted one of the youth who react out of anger.
“We need good pastors who fear God and fear humanity we don’t need pastors who bribe youths to go back to the same government which massacre them” the voice continued.
“These are names of those who are bribing people and instigating/ fueling the fight to occur; Stephen Lam Changath, Mary Nyantut Wan and the pastor in charge, Rev. Peter Gony Yach” the report reads.
Pastors should keep their tongues out of political strife because they are directors of life.
However, through the ages we has seen nations rise and fall, flourish and decay, so we need to play a good role as consultants, as advisers, even at times as referees. Needless to say, we need to improve on our own leadership, too, at all levels.
The Church needs to talk to other faiths. In our African situation, first of all to the heirs of tradition who honour the ancestors, then to Jews and Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, and to secularists who are not without morality and values either. Any tradition with reverence for the Creator and/or positive community values needs to be respected by the State as a constructive force.
We need honest leaders, men and women who “do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with their God” (Micah 6:8). This will show up in their deeds, not in dressing up in church uniforms. Only citizens happy to serve in a lowly position will give us leaders who remain humble even when they have reached the top.