We are asking you to consider upholding in prayer the country of Sudan next week for one hour. We want to cover the election process with the prayers of God’s people all around the world for duration 24/7 of the voting. We know that it was the gracious act of God to respond to the prayers of God’s people for a peaceful resolution in South Africa and we ask this again for Sudan. Let’s join hearts, hands and prayers together and plead before our Lord his mercy and grace upon this land. To do this we are asking you to register your commitment to pray for one hour on this link. Please forward this to as many people and prayer networks that you know.
For instructions on how to use this website link please open the attachment at the end of this message.
We are asking you to pray:
- For peaceful and fair referendum between January 9th – 15th
- That the results of the vote will be accepted by the Sudanese government and the international community
- That the religious liberty of all people will be respected and safeguarded
- The rebuilding of infrastructure and social services post referendum, especially for the well being of children.
- For the advocacy and voice of the people to be heard internally and internationally, the church can continue to bring this issue to the attention of their political leaders,
- For Support of organizations and the various initiatives for peace and social cohesion
- For Support of the church in their role in reaching out and promoting peace in Sudan
It is evident from different media outlets that tension between leaders in the north and south is building and people’s anxiety growing. World Vision’s internal and external working scenarios project 8 million people are likely to be affected in both the North and South of the country.
Already, 2.8 million of this number are Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in both the North and South. A worst case scenario could have social, political and economic ramifications for neighbouring states like Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, and these have already been alerted and are making early action arrangements.
The referenda for both South Sudan and the oil-rich Abyei region are part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between the Khartoum central government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Nairobi, to end decades of conflict between North and South Sudan.
Current trends suggest that the Global Acute Malnutrition rate is likely to shoot up. Such anticipated mass movements of people and displacements also spell a potential increase in incidence or outbreak of epidemic diseases, which paints a dire humanitarian picture.
In some areas accessibility to people in need is likely to be hampered, and in many others the vulnerability of children (which may include the recruitment of child soldiers should violent hostilities resume) could increase. There are indications that the government of the South may ask for international humanitarian assistance
Thank you for considering upholding this part of the world before our Lord and Maker, the author and perfecter of our faith.
In God’s Grace and Jesus Name
Director of Prayer Ministries
World Vision International