Prayers are always in order for the people of Sudan. Prayers are particularly needed as January 9, 2011 draws near. A referendum on self-determination for the people of South Sudan is scheduled on that day. And a referendum is also scheduled for the Abyei region of Sudan where the people will vote on the question of whether to retain Abyei’s special administrative status in the north or become part of Southern Sudan. Our sisters and brothers in Sudan are in prayer now and will continue in prayer until, through, and after the referendum which carries with it the threat of violence and even renewed outbreak of civil war.
This season of prayer is open to all people. Pray wherever you are; pray individually or gather with your community or an ecumenical community or an interfaith community; pray in a manner you feel comfortable praying. Find prayers to use or adapt. The prayers are created in partnership by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, the Presbyterian World Mission Office on Africa, the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, and the Sudan Mission Network.
Sudanese Ministries Resource Person,
Presbytery of Des Moines
Dear friends, you may be aware that God has answered your prayer in the case of South Sudan with the longest story of war with the North. Many of you continued praying, or contributed money and any kind of support to bring that horrific war to an end or to a lasting peaceful resolution.
I am glad to let you know that God Almighty has answered your prayers by granting South Sudan independence. It is true that unceasing prayers are needed for the Sudan in general and South Sudan in particular. As a new nation is born, South Sudan will be accepted in the world community as the 153rd independent nation on July 9, 2011.
The people of South Sudan cannot contain their excitement. First of all, I would like to convey the gratitude of the people of South Sudan who have been supported by the Government, the people of the United States and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in particular and other faith groups.
Brothers and sisters you know we requested you to pray for us when we voted Jan. 9th, and you know that we voted in eight cities in the United States and many countries outside the Sudan and in the Sudan. The results came out showing about 98% of the people opted for secession.
The results pleased all of us and we are planning a celebration Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1050 24th St., in Des Moines. Our brothers and sisters are invited to attend. Also, we will conduct community dances March 12th in a place to be appointed at a later time.
God bless you all,
Sudanese Ministries Resource Person
Des Moines Presbytery