Deadline for Sudan

by Michael Ford last modified 28 Feb, 2011 12:30 PM

The Episcopal Church of Sudan has appealed for support ahead of a national referendum on Sunday 9 January 2011. The vote will determine the future of an African nation the size of Europe with a population of more than 39 million people.

Deadline for Sudan

Please Pray for Sudan

(see report on the 2009 census)

Sudan will either split into two nations (North and South), or commit to unity under a federal government.

The country has a strong gun culture, and there is a risk of violence in the border areas between the North and South. These areas are home to many of Sudan’s oil fields. Religious tensions also exist between the predominantly Muslim North and the mainly Christian South.

In an official YouTube statement, Dr Daniel Deng, Archbishop of Sudan said, “We do not want people to go back to war, so we are appealing to our partners, to government in the UK, US, United Nations. We need our partners to support us on the issue of peace and justice.”

Christians are united in calls for prayer, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, and Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference. Prayers are being said at Salisbury Cathedral every hour, on the hour. There will also be a prayer morning on Saturday 8 January in the Cathedral’s Morning Chapel from 10-1.

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, has requested that all the clergy of the diocese include Sudan in their prayers from now on, and particularly on Sunday 9 January as part of a Diocesan ‘wave of prayer’.

Dr Kings said today, “Whatever the result of the referendum, Christians in the north of Sudan will need considerable support from the world-wide Church. Archbishop Daniel Deng is a wise man of immense courage, and our support for the Church in Sudan can best be given by backing him with immense prayer.”

He has written an article for The Guardian, posted on 23 December, in which he reflects on the relevance of the Old Testament account of Belshazzar's feast for the referendum and the future of Sudan. To read it please click here.

 

ENDS

Notes and links
The Diocese of Salisbury has been linked to Sudan for 38 years. More here
The Referendum Prayer Wall [now taken down]
Archbishop Deng’s official YouTube statement
Report on the 2009 census
Latest Sudan Link News
Facebook
Twitter
Download the Referendum Prayer Request – basic summary and prayers, including those of Archbishop Tutu

For further information
Contact Dave Lewis, the Sudan Link Prayer Co-ordinator:
davekerry@blueyonder.co.uk 

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