Pray for South Sudan

Posted by Roger Cooke on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

As widespread violence returns to the streets of Juba, we ask you to join us in praying for our partners and CMSI personnel in South Sudan.

A peace agreement last August brought an end to over 18 months of conflict, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people. But last Thursday and Friday, new clashes broke out between soldiers loyal to the President and troops who support the Vice President. After a lull on Saturday – the 5th Anniversary of South Sudan’s independence – the violence escalated again on Sunday and into today, with reports of at least 300 dead.

BBC Report
Guardian Report;

CMSI staff have been in contact with our partners in South Sudan. Currently, things are still calm in the Dioceses of Kojo-Keji, Yei, Maridi and Ibba – but there is a shared concern about how quickly the violence might spread and the potential of a return to full civil war. We ask for your prayers for our partners, for their safety, for the role of the Church as a voice for peace and unity, for our partner bishops and their families and for all those served by our partners.

Please also pray for CMSI’s Mission Director, Jenny and her family, who have been in South Sudan over the past week and who flew out to Uganda this morning. Pray too for Nigel and Carol Weallans in Ibba. Pray for wisdom, for safety and for a clear sense of God’s presence and protection over these families.

Finally, please pray for the members of the CMSI META (Mission Experience Team Abroad) from Lisburn Cathedral, who were due to go to South Sudan next week, to visit their partners in Yei Diocese. Given the escalating violence and uncertainty, not least with travel through Juba airport, the decision has been taken – by the team, Bishop Hilary in Yei and by CMSI – that the visit will not go ahead at this stage.

Our brothers and sisters in South Sudan have known far too much suffering and loss over the years. Yet again, the peace and stability they hope for seem to be in the balance. In the uncertain days and weeks ahead, we stand with them in love and unity, clinging to the certainty of God’s love and sovereignty. May His Kingdom Come!

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Wendy L. of Copake Falls NY said Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:41PM
Ever since I attended the Albany (New York) Dioscean Convention this past June, I have had the people of South Sudan and the wonderful brothers & sisters of CMSI in my prayers. A young woman, I believe named Jeanne, spoke to us about her mission experience in Miridi.I was so touched by what she said. I remember she said she left her husband in Miridi hoping he would be joining her and their children soon in Ireland. I pray every day now for the the people of South Sudan, Miridi and the CMSI brothers & sisters. May our dear Lord Jesus Christ watch over & protect them all. May His hand still the violence. I pray for the safe return of Jeanne's husband.

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