Bishop Bullen Dolli, the bishop of Lui Diocese, has sent an urgent prayer alert to us. On July the 3rd and 4th, some SPLA soldiers threatened, abused and beat some of the pastors and members of the congregation, interfered in a Sunday morning worship service in the Lui Cathedral and damaged the graves of Dr Kenneth Fraser and other pioneer Christian missionaries.
Bishop Bullen reports that on 3 July, at about 8pm, some SPLA soldiers, the same ones who had looted the Frontline mission base, came to Lui to ask for burial permission in the cathedral compound for a commander of the SPLA who had passed away in Yei. The provost of the cathedral explained that the cathedral cemetery was only available for members of the church, so the body of the commander was taken to Lanyi and buried there. On the night of 3 July, some of the soldiers came back and beat two of the ministers. The provost fled to the commissioner 28km away in Kotobi, where he remained in hiding for the next month. The soldiers then sought to desecrate and damage the graves of Dr Kenneth Fraser and other pioneer missionaries whose gravestones are in the cathedral compound. The next day, Sunday 4 July, the same soldiers came and threatened the congregation at gunpoint to prevent them from attending the services. They shot into the church and frightened people away.