Please pray for South Sudan

Posted by Roger Cooke on Fri, 20 Dec 2013 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Churches throughout Ireland are linked through CMS Ireland with the Dioceses of Ibba, Kajo Keji, Maridi and Yei in South Sudan. Following an attempted coup in the capital Juba on 15th December, the security situation remains a grave concern around the capital and factional fighting has spread to other areas. The whole country is on high alert and many foreign nationals have been evacuated from the troubled areas.

Archbishop Daniel Deng along with other religious leaders has spoken out with this message:

We are in the season leading up to Christmas. This year’s Christmas may not be what we expected, but it is what we have been given and we must accept it as it is. As we celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, let us remember that God is with us, and pray for the strength and courage to bring peace, reconciliation and healing to our new nation.

Bishop Justin of Maridi Diocese writes:

Dear Friends in Christ
On behalf of the Diocese of Maridi, I want to thank God for you all and for the successful fellowship, friendship and partnership we have enjoyed together. Thank you all for encouraging us in the Gospel ministry. We look forward to continue in partnership with you.

Amidst all the present worries and difficulties in South Sudan, our hope is that the light of Christ will shine in every dark corners of human heart to overcome all the darkness that causes us to stumble as individuals and as a nation.

At the moment though worried, but Maridi and the whole of Western Equatoria state is still peaceful. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed new year 2014.

Please join with our Christian brothers and sisters in praying for a spirit of reconciliation rather than violence to prevail. Pray for those made homeless, those who have lost loved ones and for those whose lives have been shattered. Remember the political and religious leaders who bear the responsibility of leading the new nation forward in the face of so many challenges.

As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace this Christmas time, pray that the reality of Emmanuel – ‘God with us’ will be a comfort and strength to those in South Sudan living in fear and insecurity

Comments

Thomas &Kathleen Bailie said Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:47PM
Having visited Northern Uganda the last time there was trouble in the Southern Sudan, and visited the refugee camps where there were thousands of refugees suffering , our prayers and thoughts are always with them. Please keep us informed if there is any way in which we can help.
rachel said Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:23AM
thankyou

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