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Prayer for the Sudans

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Oct, 2021 11:44 AM

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2

 

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Prayer is 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.  The Episcopal Churches span two very different countries with differing needs, challenges and attitudes towards mission.

We pray daily, and occasional prayers are posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Prayer points

Give thanks:

that the European Union has allocated $41 million to support rural counties of South Sudan, through resilience building, improved infrastructure, including feeder roads, and reduced isolation of communities in Northern and Western Bahr-el-Ghazal.

 that the South Sudan Cabinet has approved $100 million to meet the arrears of salary, rent and upkeep for diplomats serving in foreign missions.  It is encouraging for those planning to visit South Sudan that the Embassy in London will remain open, for visas etc.

It is reported that 90% of the population in Unity State has been displaced by floods, and Bentiu (where the British Army recently built a hospital) has been badly affected. Unity and Jonglei states together represent 58% of all flood victims, but eight of the ten states have been affected.  Floods make access for aid more difficult - boats are being deployed - and some flooded counties are also affected by ongoing violence (more inter-communal fighting has been reported from Tonj East and Tonj North in Warrap State). And the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs says only 61% of their appeal this year, for $1.7 billion, has been met.

Pray for all affected by flooding, especially those now homeless, 

Pray also for all struggling to bring emergency aid where it is needed.

Two weeks ago the county police director and his brother were shot dead in their residence in Maridi, which occasioned alarm among the population. The motive is still unknown.

Pray for peace, in Maridi Diocese and throughout South Sudan

The young democratic government in Sudan is facing multiple challenges:

the military faction in the government are demanding a return to the military-dominated earlier government

the democratic Freedom For Change faction wants a bigger share in government and a more technocratic regime

A tribal group in the east has been blocking the fuel terminals at Port Sudan and the roads to them since 17 September, demanding a military take-over of government. The halt to oil exports of course also affects South Sudan, as oil constitutes 90% of the national budget.

Four suspected members of ISIS have been killed by security forces, in a raid in Khartoum

Because of this political instability in Sudan, the planned re-opening of border crossings between Sudan and South Sudan has been halted.

Pray for a peaceful resolution of these differences, and for the continuance of the current government and its efforts to establish a lasting democratic and constitutional government.

Click here to view: www.twitter.com/sudanlink

 
A Prayer for 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 Sudans.  Turn the hearts of their leaders to reconciliation and peace. Bless their Archbishops 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.

 

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