Bishop Daniel Zindo of the Yambio Diocese in the Sudan and acting archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan was killed October 20 in an automobile accident while on his way to Kampala to officiate in the opening of a liaison office of the church in the Ugandan capital.
"The untimely death of such an important leader is an immeasurable loss, not only for the Episcopal Church of the Sudan but for the entire Anglican Communion," said Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold in a letter to the people of the church. "Bishop Zindo, much admired for his intelligence, vitality and administrative skills, was one of God's special servants. That he agreed to take on the additional responsibilities of acting Primate so soon after losing his wife in the traumatic event of last November was an act of great courage and commitment."
Griswold said that he met Zindo at the recent Lambeth Conference and was able to "hear first hand about the extraordinary difficulties facing the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, and the extraordinary faith of her people."
The presiding bishop added, "Please know that you are not alone in your sorrows," expressing his confidence that the bishops of the church would continue to lead the church "through these terrible times, serving her people and preaching the Gospel and witnessing to the love of God in Jesus Christ."
Bishop Zindo's death came less than a year since his wife, Grace, was murdered along with other family members.