Hi President Paavola and Pastor Russell,
Greetings from Bor town, South Sudan in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
It is my pleasure to let you know how the funds you sent me last year to assist Rev. David Alier Makuol’s widow was used. The SSELC leadership weighed several options on how to give the funds to late David’s widow.
Among the options which were weighed by SSELC leadership, were whether the funds will be given to the widow in cash or buy her a cow. A cow being highly regarded and of significant value among the Dinka, the idea of buying a cow carried the day and the cow with a calf was bought and handed over to Mary Ateny Tong, the widow of the late Pastor David Alier Makol on Sunday 12th of May 2019.
The USD 700 which was donated by LCMS Mid-South District Pastors’ Conference which was held at the same month the late David Alier was killed by cattle raiders was changed to South Sudan Pounds, and its became 192,500 South Sudan Pounds, 1$ @ 275. The cow and its calf cost SSP 172,500 including transport and the balance of SSP20,000 was given to late David’s widow in cash.
The entire SSELC, the late Pastor David Alier Makol’s relatives, and the entire community are very thankful to LCMS Mid-South District for this great assistance given to the widow of the late Pastor David Alier Makol. The widow of the late David widow and her brother-in-law holding the money with her in the attached picture are so grateful for the gift and sent you special greetings.
The South Sudan Evangelical Lutheran Church (SSELC) members and leadership are also very grateful to LCMS Mid-South District for assisting the widow of the late David Alier and for boosting the name of SSELC among the relatives of the late David Alier and the entirely community in Bor area. It has become a very powerful message to the community because this is a very unique gift which no Christian Church tradition has ever done it in this area.
So we say glory be to God!
Attached find some of the pictures taken during the memorial service in which the cow was given to late David Alier’s widow.
Rev. Bol Nyok