A Bit More on Sudan and Bishop Daniel
Thank you all who visited yesterday's post on Sudan. I thought I would add a few notes introducing Bishop Daniel Deng Bul to those who want to know more about his life. Hat Tip to my colleague Rich Jones for providing us with detailed information. You can learn more about the Episcopal Church of Sudan by clicking here. The photos below are by Alix Dorr, Virginia Theological Seminary.
Bishop Deng was born in southern Sudan among the Jieng people (the Dinka) and was baptized a Christian at age 13. War in Sudan cut short his education at Bishop Gwynne Theological College in Mundri and drove him into exile, along with four million other southern Sudanese. He became an evangelist and church planter in Port Sudan on the Red Sea and then in Khartoum on the Nile.
In 1988, he was elected bishop of Renk, his current position. As bishop, he has made founding schools a priority---schools ranging from kindergarten to Bible College. He has established a clinic, started a farm, and constructed a permanent cathedral in Renk, dedicated in February 2006 by his grace, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury.
Most currently, Bishop Deng has been named chairperson of the Sudan church's Commission on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation. He is working tirelessly to bring peace with justice to his country, and to aid millions of refugees in returning to their homes in the south.