CMS Ireland Calls For Prayer and Fasting

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Thu, 08 Jan 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Following a series of horrific attacks, by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), in DR Congo and Southern Sudan CMS Ireland is calling for a day of prayer and fasting.

David Gough, CMS Ireland’s Regional Mission Partner for Northern and Central Africa, said, “Over Christmas we received reports of a massacre in a Catholic church in North Eastern DR Congo and in the past week we’ve been in regular contact with our partners in Southern Sudan as the violence has spread.”

“The current situation is incredibly unstable and many people are living in great fear. If we’re serious about partnership then this is a time when we need to stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Southern Sudan.”

On the 29th December 2008 Bishop Justin Badi, of Maridi Diocese, reported that six people had been killed, two by gunshot and the rest with pangas and axes. Sixteen people were also abducted – including children and elderly men and women. Seventeen houses were burnt and property looted and destroyed.

On the 31st he informed us that three other people, an elderly man and two young boys, were chopped to death with axes. And on 2nd January 2009 he made contact again, to say that the LRA were just three miles from Maridi town, where they had killed seven people, abducted 20 and tortured many others.

The situation has escalated this week and it’s now estimated that more than 50 people have been killed, dozens more injured and over 6,000 people forced to seek refuge in Maridi town.

David continued, “The effects of this recent LRA activity are being most acutely felt in Maridi at this time but we’re also aware that our partners in Lainya and Yei Dioceses are experiencing sporadic outbreaks of violence as the rebels seek new hiding places in the face of a concerted joint military effort by Southern Sudanese (SPLA), Congolese and Ugandan troops to bring an end to the instability.”

As we seek to support our partners in Southern Sudan CMS Ireland is calling on Churches and members to commit to prayer and fasting for the situation.

In particular we would ask churches to make congregations aware of the situation and include the prayer below in intercessions this Sunday (11th January).

We would also ask members to pray and fast on Wednesday 14th January, using some of the other prayer points below.

In addition, a specific time of prayer for Southern Sudan will be held in CMS Ireland’s Belfast office from 7pm-8pm on Wednesday 14th January. We would encourage as many people as possible to join us as we look to uphold our partners in prayer.

For more information please contact David Gough through CMS Ireland’s Belfast Office.

Prayer of Intercession:

Lord God, you are the mighty one, you are our King, you want to bless us with peace.

You are our comforter and you are our strength.

Today we lift before you our brothers and sisters who are suffering as a result of recent violence in Southern Sudan. We ask for your healing in the midst of brokenness, your reconciliation in the face of conflict and your peace in the wake of violence.

Protect your people, strengthen your leaders and equip your church to be a voice of hope, when hope is hard to see.

We pray especially for Bishops Justin Badi, Hilary Luate and Peter Amidi as they seek to make your transforming love known in this most testing of times.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer.

Other Prayer Points:

o Pray for an end to the current violence
o Pray that those who have been injured and bereaved would know God’s comfort and love
o Pray for our partners – especially Bishops Justin Badi, Hilary Luate and Peter Amidi as they seek to bring healing and restoration in the midst of pain and suffering
o Pray that LRA leaders would experience a transformation of heart and end their campaign of violence
o Pray that CMS Ireland staff would have wisdom as they seek to respond to the needs of partners in Sudan

For information: The Lord’s Resistance Army are a dissident rebel group, originating in Northern Uganda, who are now also operating in Northern and Eastern DR Congo and Southern Sudan. They are accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation and the use of child soldiers.