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May 15, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - May 16

Pibor town, South Sudan
Pray for the people of Pibor town in Jonglei State of South Sudan where violence, looting, and displacement are increasing. Pray for the Government of South Sudan and the United Nations Mission of South Sudan as they seek to address the situation. Learn about Presbyterian partners in South Sudan.

Families
On the International Day of Families, give thanks for your family. Pray for strength and all that families need for the living of these days.

Religious Freedom
Pray that all people in might have the opportunity to practice their faith in freedom.

What prayers do you ...

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March 13, 2012

South Sudan’s army signs pact with UN to release all children in its ranks

The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army of South Sudan (SPLA) today signed an agreement with the United Nations renewing its commitment to release all children within its ranks.

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January 4, 2012

Prayer requests from Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan and the Sudan Council of Churches have made the following specific prayer requests:

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January 1, 2012

Violence continues in South Sudan

Our brothers and sisters in South Sudan continue to stand in need of prayer.

Here are some updates on the violence in Jonglei State:

Report: Fighters attack South Sudan town despite presence of U.N. peacekeepers (CNN)

South Sudan 'sends more troops' to strife-torn town Pibor (BBC)

South Sudan Lou Nuer fighters attack town of Pibor (BBC)

UN sends troops to South Sudan town (Al-Jazeera video - a day or two old at this point)

The Presbyterian Church of Sudan has issued a statement calling all to pursue peace.

May God guide those who work for peace.

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December 30, 2011

Statement by Presbyterian Church of Sudan on violence in Jonglei State

Our partners in the Presbyterian Church of Sudan have issued the following statement regarding the violence happening in Jonglei State of South Sudan:

It is bad news  that PCOS Congregations such as Lou Nuer and Murle are killing themselves all the time through cattle raiding. This situation in Jonglei State displeases the Head office of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan, the Nation of South Sudan and the Whole world. We call the Lou Nuer and the Murle to lay down their arms and stop the current attacks.  We ask the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the UN ...

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December 27, 2011

Urgent prayer request for Jonglei State, South Sudan

Here's a December 30 update from the BBC:

The United Nations has moved a battalion of combat troops to the South Sudanese town of Pibor to prevent an attack by the Lou Nuer ethnic group.

Our sisters and brothers in Jonglei State in South Sudan stand in urgent need of prayer.

The United Nations News Centre offers this report:

The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei State after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

“I am deeply concerned to learn of reports of ...

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June 22, 2011

Presbyterian leaders offer a call to prayer for Sudan

From the Presbyterian News Service

Bolbach, Parsons, and Valentine urge peace as July 9 independence nears

With violence flaring up in Sudan as the July 9 independence of South Sudan nears, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders have called on all Presbyterians to pray for peace in the east African country.

The call was issued by General Assembly Moderator Cynthia Bolbach, General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and General Assembly Mission Council Executive Director Linda Valentine.

After decades of civil war between the Khartoum-based Islamist government of Sudan and the mainly Christian and animist south, a Comprehensive Peace Agreement was ...

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