26 Jun 2019

 

Selected Greetings and Message From Ferdinand Von Habsburg

" I want to pray that South Sudanese understand that as long as there are unique or exclusive views that keep away the possibility of political, economic, social and cultural equality, it will be hard to achieve true peace."

 
Wishing you all a blessed and more peaceful 2019!!! 
While I have been quieter on FB, for which I apologise, it is a sign that there have been greater changes in my life.
I moved from South Sudan back to Maldives, after a very intense time with South Sudan Council of Churches during the last few years. It may seem that this was the time when I should have stayed, but I am very vigilant on my own wellbeing, and know that 7 intense and stressful years have taken their effect on me. I am sure now that I am not as young as I used to be I encourage my brothers and sisters at SSCC to soldier on, to remain strong in their faith and vision, and to be compassionate and brave in their ministry!

It has been hard to move far from my beloved family, but they know why I have gone this far, it was hard to leave friends and colleagues but I hope they will remember our wonderful times together and know that, God willing, I will be back, or they may find me here on the other side of the Indian Ocean!
Though far from my family now, I was blessed to have enjoyed Christmas with them as well as with my mother and brothers and respective families! It has been too long! But it has refreshed me to the need to be more present in their lives, more frequently. Time passes and is unforgiving. We only have one passage through this world.
I want to pray that South Sudanese understand that as long as there are unique or exclusive views that keep away the possibility of political, economic, social and cultural equality, it will be hard to achieve true peace. Key values must be nurtured. Wounded peoples` traumatized narratives should be acknowledged, remembered/recorded and dealt with always assuring that there is consideration to avoid generational spill-over. I pray that leaders see how opportunities have been wasted at the expense of the people and South Sudan`s image and must be painstakingly recovered, not by demanding loyalty but by serving people humbly.
And of course, I am glad, so glad to have returned to Maldives in 2018! I have dear friends and colleagues, for which I am blessed, and an interesting and challenging work. Each moment in a country`s chronology is crucial - opportunities are there for the taking, even as people should see how a common future should be built.
Thinking of you all, even if I am quieter. Joyful and more beautiful days ahead to you all!
 
 

    

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01/01/2019, 11:57 AM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Happy New Year to you and your family Ferdinand Von Habsburg. You have been a persistent friend of South Sudan. God bless you.
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