Saturday, January 4, 2014
The Primate Asks Us to Pray for South Sudan
At the request of the Primate of South Sudan and Sudan, Archbishop Daniel Dang Bul Yak, I am issuing this urgent call for prayer for South Sudan.
Tragically this new nation, formed in 2011, is suffering through horrific in-fighting that is leaving hundreds dead and forcing thousands, 180,000 to date, to flee the violence.
There is a glimmer of hope in the peace talks scheduled in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Pray for those on both sides of the uprising between the supporters of the President, Salva Kiir and the former Deputy, Riek Machan, that they lay down their weapons and come to the table. Pray for the ministry of the mediator, Seyoum Mesfin. Pray for all affected by this fighting and especially those living in refugee camps where conditions are rapidly deteriorating due to overcrowding. Pray for all working to bring them emergency aid and relief.
May our prayers and those of so many others around the world rise to the throne of God's compassion, justice, and peace and then fall like a still dew of quietness on a land so troubled and a people hurting so deeply.
The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada