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Pictured: Dr. Albert Collver and Bishop Wilson Noah Rule

19 April 2015

Bishop Wilson Noah Rule of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan / South Sudan travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet regarding a request to have fellowship with the Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod. Bishop Rule originally requested fellowship with the LCMS in 2013. The geo-political events and difficulties in obtaining visas for travel prevented a face to face visit until now.

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The ELCS/SS is based out of Juba, South Sudan. The church body was established in 1993 in Juba. Due to geo-political instability, the church was relocated to Khartoum. At the beginning of the 21st Century, the LCMS assisted the ELCS/SS with church plants in the Nuba Mountains and a seminary was established in Khartoum. Once again, geo-political instabilities forced a relocation. The seminary moved to Yambio and began classes in 2008. Lutheran Heritage Foundation was greatly instrumental in assisting the ELCS/SS.

The ELCS/SS currently has over 150 congregations and nearly half that many pastors, as well as approximately 100 evangelists. The church holds that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God and  subscribes to the Book of Concord without reservation.

It was a great blessing that Bishop Wilson Noah Rule was able to come to Addis Ababa for a meeting. The next steps will involve meetings with members of the CTCR as fellowship discussions continue. Deo Volente, the two churches will be able to recognize fellowship. May God grant it.

IMG_9635Pictured (left to right): Dr. Albert Collver, Bishop Wilson Noah Rule, Rev. Matthew Heise, Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Dr. Robert Rahn, Lutheran Heritage Foundation.

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation was instrumental in bringing Bishop Wilson Noah Rule to Addis Ababa.