Prayer Points

Prayer Points.

A major part of CASSS’s ministry is the flow of information from the churches in South Sudan and Sudan to CASSS’s prayer supporters.

This information sharing is achieved through the CASSS committee, the Sudan Church Review and our website. 

Please pray for South Sudan and Sudan’s current prayer needs. We know that as we pray in faith our prayers have a huge impact! 

March 2022

Headline prayer: for those starving.  The World Food Programme has reported that a "hidden hunger emergency" is engulfing South Sudan; 8.3 million (of the roughly 11 million population) are facing extreme hunger, and may  starve without humanitarian assistance. In 2021 WFP reached 5.9 million of them with food aid, but with their present resources (and with new demands such as Ukrainian refugees) they cannot reach everyone, and can only provide the bare minimum to survive.

  • Pray for all who are experiencing desperate hunger, and for all agencies striving to reach them.

Violence - and reconciliation: One of the principal causes of the emergency is intercommunal conflicts and violence. More attacks and cattle raids have been reported this week from Abyei,, from Unity State and from Jonglei, with accompanying deaths and injury. But, also in Unity state, the communities of Leer, Mayiandit and Koch counties have undertaken a two-day peace-and-reconciliation dialogue in Juba, organised by a national NGO, facilitated by religious leaders from the Presbyterian Church and supported by USAID. This followed repeated incidents of conflicts between armed youth, including an attack on aid workers. The dialogue will now continue in the counties concerned, and 2 members of parliament and 5 community members from each county will be delegated to visit communities and join the peace dialogue.

  • Give thanks for this development, pray that the agreements reached will hold, and pray that such peace dialogues would take place wherever there has been violent conflict.

Maridi: 

  •  Water. Many villages don't have access to clean water, or the boreholes are broken or pumping dirty water. Pray for one of the water charities to adopt Maridi and undertake repairs and installations
  •  Schools. Many village schools have nothing but a teacher, a blackboard under a tree, and logs for children to sit on. If they pass their primary leaving exam, there are few secondary schools (only one church one - Haddow) and no boarding accommodation. Pray for resources for primary and nursery schools and boarding facilities for Haddow Secondary.
  • Chaima Christian Institute -   give thanks for all the Lord is doing - for supporters who have helped in difficult circumstances, and for new donors helping with infrastructure needs; and  request His will be done re  Chaima becoming part of the Episcopal University
  • Nodding syndrome - this afflicts many children who, untreated, will weaken and die. Give thanks for all the Lord is doing and request the provision of medicines and an extension to Bethsaida for the new clinic there, and its resources. 
  • Discipleship and tithing training - new teaching within all parishes is needed to welcome those brought by the amazing evangelists, and to make sure they don’t let our new followers of Jesus slip through the net and become disheartened. The churches also need more teachings on the trustworthiness of God with our individual tithes.

Continue to pray also for Bishop Moses and Mama Rejoice and for all his clergy and people.

Help where needed: two encouraging projects: first, the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Edinburgh, and Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow have together raised the funds to provide a scholarship and training for five years to enable the first paediatric surgeon for South Sudan. This is in support of a programme delivered by "Kids Operating Room" charity.

Secondly , UNMISS have taken over the project to construct a key bridge in Yambio district - the Yubu Bridge links a payam (village) in Nzara county which is usually cut off by floods in the rainy season. 

  • Give thanks for these imaginative and much-needed developments and pray for their success and  effectiveness

 

Prayer requests from Rev. Canon Nabil Abdalla, the director of the ECS Bible Translation Dept. in Khartoum

One of the Department prayer requests is the need for  peace and stability in the country. From 2019 to 2022 there have been demonstrations every day and people have been killed.

We hope the New Testament in the Burun language can be completed very soon.  Pray for Bishop Samaan Frajalla and his team members as they correct spelling mistakes, check the key Christian terms, and prepare the computer files for typesetting.

The whole Bible in the Tira language is currently being typeset ready for printing and we pray that it goes well to the end.

Praise God that the audio recording of the Tira New Testament is finished and recording of the Lumun NT is under way.  Then the Katcha and Laru New Testaments will be recorded. 

Please pray for new projects that we hope to start: Old Testament translation in Laru, Katcha, Lumun and Heiban languages and the New Testament in Shwai.  People from a number of other languages in Sudan are also interested in starting Bible translation. 

We thank God that the Toco translators have completed a book of Bible stories and it has been checked and approved by Bishop Fajak.  The team wants to travel home to the Nuba Mountains to encourage their people to read and write their language.

Heat and power cuts, internet instability plus demonstrations make the work difficult.   Staff and translators finish work in the middle of the day to avoid demonstrations and to be at home.

Thank you for your prayers for the work of Bible translation in Sudan.