Responding to South Sudan Crisis
Posted by Roger Cooke on Fri, 10 Mar 2017 | 1 comments | Bookmark:
With the UN and the Government of South Sudan recently declaring a famine in parts of the country, it’s clear that the suffering experienced by ordinary people is going to deepen and spread. Despite a flurry of recent news reports, this isn’t a new crisis, but it is getting worse.
CMSI works with four Global Partners in South Sudan – together, we’ve developed close, two-way relationships between these partners and the Church in Ireland. These partners – as the local church in the midst of the crisis – are best placed to identify and respond to the needs on their doorstep.
Since the civil unrest that began in December 2013 – and with the renewed and increased violence that began last summer – CMSI has been standing with our partners. We’ve sought to provide prayerful and financial support to them as they respond to those whose lives have been affected. Just last week, we provided an update from three of our Global Partners. The CMSI staff team have been discussing with our partners the best plan of response.
We’re thankful to the parishes and individuals who responded to last year’s Yei Emergency Appeal and who are continuing to provide support to all of our partners in South Sudan. With the recent deterioration, we’re reissuing a call to respond.
Last week, President Kiir issued a call to prayer for South Sudan for today, Friday 10th March. Bishop Hilary (Yei Diocese) has echoed this request. We encourage you to pray for South Sudan today, 10th March and over this weekend.
But we want to go further; we want to do more by way of response to the crisis and as an expression of our partnership with our brothers and sisters in South Sudan. In particular, we’d ask you to respond in one or more of the following ways:
1. Pray for South Sudan on 10th-12th March
Please do remember our Global Partners and the whole country in your prayers over this weekend whether on your own, or with others in your church. Perhaps you could encourage your rector to include prayers for South Sudan on Sunday. The South Sudan entries in the recent prayer diaries can be used to help prompt your prayers.
Winter 2016 Prayer Diary
Spring 2017 Prayer Diary
2. Support CMSI’s South Sudan Appeal
We’re keen to keep providing financial support to CMSI’s Global Partners in South Sudan and in Uganda as they respond to those whose lives have been devastated and those who have fled their homes. To support this appeal, please click the donate button below.
To provide specific support to any of CMSI’s Global Partners, visit the Designated Giving Page on the CMSI website.
3. Attend – or host – a South Sudan prayer event
CMSI is hosting three special prayer events, offering opportunities to respond to our Global Partners and the wider situation. There will be a chance to reflect, to learn and to pray. There will also be opportunities to write a greeting or encouragement in one of the ‘Blessing Books’ that we’ll be sending to our partners (see below). Each event will run for four hours – with the opportunity to ‘drop-in’ to pray at any time and stay for as long as you want.
+ Saturday 8th April, Dromore Cathedral; 9:30am-1:30pm
+ Saturday 29th April, Ballyrashane Parish; 9:30am-1:30pm
+ Saturday 13th May, Kill O’ The Grange Parish, Dublin; 9:30am-1:30pm
If you’re not able to make it to one of these prayer events, you may want to host a similar event in your own parish. We’ll gladly send you some resources and suggestions for your event.
4. Contribute to a Blessing Book for our partners in South Sudan.
We want our patners to know that we stand with them in the midst of this time of turmoil; to be assured that we hold them in our hearts and our prayers. Throughout April and May, we’ll be offering opportunities for folk to write a greeting or encouragement in one, or more, of four Blessing Books, one for each of our Global Partners. We’ll send these to them at the end of May.
A possible 5th way to respond…
We’re currently exploring the possibility of hosting a special event in May, to highlight the situation in South Sudan and to share stories of how the Church is responding and how we can play our part. This would be a collaborative event with other agencies. We will share news of this event if, and when, we decide to run with it.
Thanks for your prayerful support for South Sudan and our partners there.