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!
PRAYERS FOR SUDAN
3/10/21 Pray for stability in the political and security situations in Sudan so that the hoped for economic recovery and growth may go ahead. The poorest people are hit hardest by inflation, particularly increases in food prices. Poor nutrition is leaving people more susceptible to cholera and seasonal fevers as well as Covid.
10/10/21 Pray for Bishop Abdu and ministers and Christian groups in Port Sudan Diocese. Give thanks for building works they have been able to carry out and pray that they may be able to complete them. Inflation means that churches throughout Sudan struggle to fund work and pay salaries.
17/10/21 Pray for the work Bishop Ismail is leading in El Obeid Diocese and that the recent health conference, with teaching about Covid and HIV, will lead to better health throughout the region. Give thanks for the input and teaching from government officials and pray for the continuation of this work and cooperation.
24/10/21 Pray for Dean Daniel Musa and all who work and minister at All Saints Cathedral, Khartoum. Pray for the different congregations who worship there.
Headline prayer: Humanitarian situation in South Sudan “worst since independence” (UNOCHA)
The UN Security Council has been briefed that South Sudan is facing its highest level of food insecurity since independence: 8.3 million people (60%) of population need food assistance – but humanitarian aid is frequently blocked, convoys attacked and supplies looted. World Food Programme (WFP) is cutting programme aid because of budget shortfalls.
One cause is continuing flooding, since rains have followed last year’s flooding . Those floods wiped out crops and livestock in many areas and people are living in camps, with nothing to return to. In Rumbek East alone (Lakes state) 20,000 have been displaced.
Another cause is continuing conflict: the escalating violence in Tambura, in Western Equatoria has led to 200 deaths and the displacement of 80,000 people. This conflict is partly a struggle between Opposition forces and a section of Army, and partly tribal conflict between Zande and Balenda tribes, allegedly fomented by politicians. And conflict between Army and NAS (National Salvation Front) in Yei and Kajo-Keji (Central Equatoria) continues to result in mass displacement – 200,000 civilians to date.
Against this background of hunger, natural disaster and ongoing conflict, the Government has awarded 1 million South Sudanese pounds ($2500) to each member of the new legislative assembly as “settlement fees”.
- Pray for all who are forced from their homes by violence, flooding or other calamity, and for those agencies or individuals who shelter and care for them;
- Pray for WFP programmes to be properly funded and able to distribute freely to those in need
- Pray for all peace-makers, and for an end to current conflicts
Covid 19: Sudan this week has reported 38,000 cases (31,916 recovered) and 2875 deaths; South Sudan has reported 11,805 cases (11,195 recovered) and 121 deaths. This is likely to be an underestimate. South Sudan is however receiving 152,950 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, donated by USA via COVAX. This brings the total of doses supplied to 271,200. Priority is being given to health workers and teachers.
- Pray for all those with Covid; for all involved in the distribution and administration of the vaccine – and for a wider and more generous international commitment to equitable distribution of supplies
Migrants: 50 South Sudanese were among those who drowned, from a total of around 5000 on a boat which capsized off the coast of Libya, having been abandoned by the smugglers. Another 285 are in an Italian hospital.
- Pray for the families of those who died; for all in hospital;
- Pray that the authorities will have the capacity and the will to stop such human exploitation and abuse.