A vicar is preparing to serve a new community overseas after 10 years in his current post.
The move for Canon Derek Waller, vicar of St Peter’s Church in Rushden, and wife Jane follows an invitation from long-standing South Sudanese friend Bishop Anthony Poggo to re-visit the country where they both worked in the 1980s.
Derek said: “Bishop Anthony invited us and our adult children to visit our old friends in South Sudan last year. It was a joyful time, as we renewed friendships and worshipped with local Christians.
“As we became aware of the many needs there, we felt a renewed call from God to serve the people and the church. There’s tremendous openness, joy and faith there.
“We realised how much it would mean to them if we returned.”
They will be working in the Yei Diocese, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Many Sudanese church pastors have had little education so cannot give church members much teaching about the Christian faith. The diocese hopes to re-start a college where Derek will focus on training and supporting clergy.
Jane, who teaches ICT at Northampton College and is a serving a magistrate, will teach ICT and train others, but the pair need to raise £25,000 a year to support their posts.
Derek will leave St Peter’s this month before embarking on visits to link parishes and training ahead of the move to South Sudan this autumn.
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