The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has seen hundreds of thousands flee their homes and seek refuge in dirty and under-resourced camps. It has birthed a fear of famine and caused much blood to be shed. In the midst of this distress, Christians in South Sudan have taken action by dropping to their knees in prayer to ask the Lord for help. In his role of Mission and Evangelism Coordinator for Juba Diocese, Reverend Malis Basha has been part of a team of pastors and bishops who have organised 4 prayer conventions for South Sudan in 4 towns across the country. Trusting in the verses below, thousands gathered at the conventions to cry out to the Lord for transformation in their country:
‘When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.’
Prayer began in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in June. Hundreds gathered here to pray for peace and restoration in the country.
In July, the team moved to Bor, an epicentre of the recent fighting and a town totally destroyed by conflict. Despite this, there were a great many who met from 4-6 July to sing praises to the Lord and cry out for help.
The next month the group met in Wau. Clouds loomed but no rain fell as the people prayed for the children of their country; the next generation who will influence and lead the nation.
Finally the team visited Yambio for three days in September. Christians from all denominations met to pray for those in uniform; the police and army, caught up in the fighting and also for the social and religious welfare of the country. Alongside this there was much rejoicing through song.
We are greatly encouraged by the faith of these Sudan Sudanese believers in the midst of much suffering. Please join with them in praying for peace and restoration for the country. Pray for pastors to be faithful, Christians to be strong and for an end to conflict. We meet formally to pray in Newcastle upon Tyne on the first Sunday of every month, so do join us if you are able. If not, why not sign up to our monthly prayer letter by clicking here.