A Bit About Bishop Moses
The Right Reverend Bishop Moses Deng Bol, was elected Bishop of Wau Diocese (part of the Episcopal Church in the Sudan) in October 2009. Bishop Moses was enthroned in March 2010 at Good Shepherd Cathedral in Wau. Wau Diocese itself covers two out of the ten states that form the Southern Sudan and also includes Abyei which is currently part of the diocese of Wau but not in either of the two states that it' spans. Abyei is one of the three disputed areas between the two main parties in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
Moses was born in 1976 in Warrap state, Sudan. He spent his childhood in a cattle camp and village where schools were non-existent. Children had no access to formal education and looked after cows. Moses became a Christian after a serious illness.
While receiving medical treatment he met a young evangelist who taught him to read and write the Dinka dialect.
After learning Dinka, he started leading prayers in church, becoming an evangelist in 1994, attending Bible school and being formed for future church leadership.
In 1995, while travelling to Khartoum to seek better treatment, Moses was detained on suspicion of being a member of Sudan People's Liberations Army/Movement. While in detention he was tortured by the Sudan Armed forces. On release he had no money to pay for his transport to Khartoum, so he spent several months working in a sugar factory to fund treatment and transport back to the South. Realizing he could not make enough money to pay for both his treatment and transport, he worked as brick layer to pay for his return to Southern Sudan, where he was ordained priest in 1999.
Over the period of a decade, Moses continued his education in Kenya. He graduated with a degree in Theology in May 2006. Through his experience as a relief worker, Bishop Moses sees Christian ministry in the Sudan as a blend of evangelism and social development. His home territory remains the site of persistent tribal clashes. Promotion of peace is one of the major challenges for Bishop Moses and his colleagues in Wau Diocese.
Bishop Moses has a vision of a Diocese led by well-trained and experienced clergy, Mothers Union members, youth and Sunday school leaders and Church Council leaders.
He believes in a Church that encourages forgiveness, reconciliation and peaceful co-existence among the different tribal groups in Wau and in the wider Sudan.
Moses wants to encourage a Church that fights for justice and human rights, especially the rights of the most vulnerable groups of in society including women and children ( particularly orphans and widows).
Bishop Moses believes in a Church that encourages dialogue between Christians and members of other faiths including Islam and the traditional African religions. He wants to see the Church become an advocate of environmental protection and the best use of natural resources for the benefit of the local communities.
Reverend Canon Stephen Batty, July, 2010