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    Ngundeng

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    Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Ngundeng on Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:14 am

    Brothers and Sisters in Christ,



    It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that Stephen
    Thep, Lay Minister of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sudanese Ministry, Salt
    Lake City died in the Lord in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, March 22, 2009.
    Stephen arrived in Nairobi on March 19, 2009 to reunite with his wife, his
    brother Michael, and his brother's family and to prepare the way for a
    mission plant in Akobo, South Sudan.



    We have few details of his death except that he was at his brother's home
    preparing to go to bed when he was taken ill. He was rushed to Nairobi
    Hospital where he was pronounced dead. We don't have any other information
    about his death or possible arrangements.



    Please keep Stephen's family and the Sudanese community in Salt Lake in your
    prayers.

    Wiyual Mut Jang

    Gathoth Gach

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    Post  Gathoth Gach on Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:40 pm

    Dear Mr Wiyual,how are you brother.We all so sorry for the sad news that we been had today about our late brother in blood or in christ.So God bless him and guided him for his rest.And also peace be with his family and the relative who close to him as well too.

    Thanks you so much

    Peter Hoth Gai Wang

    Chairman of LouNuer community here in Ontario Canada.

    Yien

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Yien on Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:50 pm

    To wiyual,
    It is heart breaking wiyual! We greately lost true man in our society.May God almight rest his soul in peace and bless his family and relatives.

    Doang Puok

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Doang Puok on Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:58 pm

    Alas, it is indeed bad news! My condolence goes to his family-his wife and children-and his relatives as well.


    Doang Puk Crying or Very sad

    Ontario, Canada

    Khorpatay

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Khorpatay on Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:09 pm

    I'm really sorry to hear this bad news guys.
    Let our Almighty good lord may hold him with his right hand. Amen
    And my condolence go to his family and relatives as well.

    Dobuol Geng Khor

    L.N.V.P in Ontario,Canada

    Ngundeng

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Ngundeng on Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:33 pm

    Below is the message from the people in Nairobi telling us about the cause of the death of Stephen Gatkek Thep. These people are the representatives from Lutheran Church in Nairobi, Kenya. I will update everybody for the preparation of Stephen's body to be taken to Akobo for burial as soon as I receive more details.

    Thank you very much to all of you for the kinds words in a very difficult time of mourning the death of our dear brother.

    Wiyual,


    Hi, Susan. Catherine and I are back from the Sudan Ambassador's house. He
    talked with us a bit, but most of the time we just sat with all the women
    gathered there for what we hoped was an appropriate amount of time. I asked
    him what had happened, and he said that Stephen seemed fine since he got
    here. After supper on Sunday evening, Stephen sat and talked with people
    until late. Then he moved to another room and fell over unconscious. He
    was dead by the time they got to the hospital. An autopsy yesterday
    revealed that apparently food got into his windpipe and stopped the flow of
    air. I guess that can happen, but it seems odd that no one said he was
    coughing or choking. When we were at the Ambassador's house, we were told
    Stephen's wife and someone else had gone to the US Embassy to do the paper
    work to get the body released. They were expecting a death certificate
    today and hope to fly the body back to Akobo on Friday. I talked with
    Claude last night, and he said he would tell someone with ELCS to go there,
    and now we have an approximate date. I think the Ambassador is moving
    things along pretty well.



    Again, our sympathies for all that has happened. Please greet Wiyual and
    the other church people there. Tell them we greeted the family and told
    them we were from the same church that Stephen belonged to in America, that
    we were sisters and brothers in Christ.



    God bless you!



    Rhoda

    Gatwec G. Deng Pathot

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Gatwec G. Deng Pathot on Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:38 pm

    May the Almighty God rest his soul in peace. I'm so shaken up.

    WIYUAL

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  WIYUAL on Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:52 pm

    My condolence goes to the family of late Stephen Gatkek Thep.
    May Almighty Father rest his soul in peace in his heavenly kingdom.

    With Sorrow,

    Peter Wiyual Dak

    NhialD

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  NhialD on Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:59 am

    It is with a heavy heart that we report on the death of Stephen Gatkek Thep, our active brother and member of our great Community. We are all praying for Stephen’s family, and his extended family, as we cope with the loss of someone so special. This is long overdue, it was hard for me to accept that our brother no longer walks with us anymore. Perhaps he is above us all looking down, or perhaps his soul still is here on earth touching the hearts of those in need. He was always, always looking out for everyone around him. He always had a smile even through injury and hard aches. He always spoke kindly even to those whom no one liked. He was always wishful in his endeavors and no one could ever break him down. It’s a sad loss, but to see the love that came from his life makes us realize how much his presence… even the short time he was here… was a gift to all of us. God Blessed all of you who were touched by him, may his touch on your heart maintain its vigor as though he were still here touching your heart every moment. To all his friends, you may have been blessed by him but he was also blessed to be with you. Remember that his best times were shaped by those around him, that his rough times passed with those around him, and that his memory rests in all those who were around him. May he rest in peace, and may his resting never let us forget.

    Nhial Dak Duop

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    Re: Stephen Gatkek Thep Gol

    Post  Chuol Wal Chak on Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:09 pm

    Brothers/sisters

    I know this year seems to be against our lives, we the Lou Nuer people. We don’t have anything to do rather than praying our Almighty God to balance the temperature of upcoming months with our lives. I don’t have much to say about our brother, Stephen Gatkek Thep who passed away because my words will not do that much. May the Almighty God rest his soul in peace.

    What we need to do right now as a community is to encourage his family to stay calm wherever they reside. I also ask your considerations to contribute $30. 00 per a person for Stephen Gatkek Thep’s memorial service, please. If there is somebody who is much closer to him, give us your account number, please. I know $ 30.00 will not do anything, but let’s do it for his lovely family as our remembrances to Stephen Gatkek Thep for everything he had done on earth with us.

    Let’s do it brothers/sisters.

    God bless you all
    Chuol Wal Chak


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