Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Sudan and South Sudan.
Prayer is right at the very heart of our link with Sudan and South Sudan. One of the first things that we are asked for in any situation is our prayers. Prayers are given in exchange in a true spirit of fellowship.
A daily request for prayer is placed on our Twitter site based on requests from Sudan and South Sudan. Click here to see our twitter prayer page: www.twitter.com/sudanlink
The Episcopal Church of Sudan now spans two very different countries with differing needs and attitudes towards its mission. Please pray for Archbishop Daniel Deng as his leadership will be vital to the development of the ECS and also pray for all ECS members as they seek to bring God to the people around them in quickly changing circumstances.
May 2013 Bishop Abraham Nhial of the Diocese of Aweil which includes Abyei has emailed this morning (5th May) asking for prayer for the people of Abyei following the killing of their "beloved paramount chief Kuol Deng Kuol...". Bishop Abraham writes " ... he was a fine man and great leader who fought for the right of his people more than anybody in Abyei region. This is a great loss to all of Abyei and people of South Sudan as a whole." More detail around the circumstances from the Sudan Tribune can be read here.
Easter 2013 - Bishops sent Easter greetings; some have also sent prayer requests:
Bishop Bernard, Diocese of Torit, asks for prayer for peace in the north eastern part of Torit where the border is shared with Murle and Dinka of Jonglei State.
Bishop Hilary, Diocese of Yei, asks that we pray that "we may experience God's intervention for durable peace in our Diocese; that our mission to reach the unreached in our diocese may become a reality a man-fishing activity and that we may be able to provide to the vulnerable what services the lord may grant to us to use."
Bishop Joseph, asks for prayer for training of the Pastors in the Diocese of Pacong and for provision of food – the rain stopped early in September 2012 and crops have been affected.
Pray too for the health of our brothers and sisters in places where malaria and typhoid are common.
Bishop Abraham from the Diocese of Aweil has told us of continued works to the new cathedral; he has sent recent photographs which you can see here.
Prayer requests relating to current tensions between Sudan and South Sudan
The following requests have been received which highlight specific issues faced at this time:
- God to protect civilian in Unity State in South Sudan who continue to face aerial bombardment by Khartoum.
- The security of the South Sudanese in the Sudan that is at risk. Between 300-500,000 South Sudanese in the north Sudan who cannot afford to make their way back to the South Sudan and also protection of over one million North Sudanese in the South Sudan.
- The people from the Nuba Mountain and Blue Nile state who are really suffering due to aerial bombardment and badly in need of humanitarian aid.
- UNHCR or South Sudanese Government to help transport over 300,000 South Sudanese who want to return back home and are stranded in Khartoum and Kosti.
- The Church, the Students ministry and others for protection and wisdom to continue to be faithful to the work of the gospel, to be united as the body of Christ and to engage the unreached people group.
Prayer request for Kadugli Diocese
Bishop Andudu has asked for prayers for his people. Full details can be found on the Kadugli Diocese prayer wall.
Jonglei Please pray for the UN as they seek to ensure peace during the tribal disputes in this area.
Ruth Radley Please pray Ruth Radley, CMS Mission Partner operating in South Sudan. Please pray for the work that she does and the people that she touches and fills with God’s love.
Pray for the Churches of ECS - Pray for our Churches, the Church is the only hope for the hopeless, thousands of Internally Displaced People IDPs need relief although the UNHCR and ECS trying to provide for relief but the needs are very huge, such IDPs are the victims of LRA attacks, the ethnic conflicts, cattle rustling, that thousands are helpless. (from Simon Peter Kenyi )
A Prayer from Sudan
Sudan as a nation yearns for peace, unity, strength and wisdom to be patient with each other, encourage each other, forgive and forget about the past and unanimously focus on the growth of the nation. Amen
Below is the prayer for Sudan, a copy of which is kept in every church in the Diocese.
A Prayer for the Sudan
God our Father, whose son Jesus Christ wept over your people who knew not the way of peace, and were as sheep without a shepherd, hear our prayer for the people of the Sudan.Turn the hearts of their leaders to reconciliation and peace. Bless their Archbishop and clergy, that they may be true shepherds of your flock. Strengthen those who heal the wounded and feed the hungry. Hasten the time when all nations will own your just and gentle rule and receive your gift of peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Contact: Sudan Secretary
Tel: 01722 411922
Fax: 01722 411990