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
Military coup in Sudan
You will have heard and seen on the news that the military component of the transitional government of Sudan, headed by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the dissolution of the Sovereign Council and the government (led by the civilian Prime Minister Mr Hamdok), declared a state of emergency and arrested Mr Hamdok and other officials especially members of the Freedom For Change movement, the civilian component of the transitional government. State governors have been removed, and the anti-corruption force suspended. Mr Al-Burhan claims that political in-fighting between factions was delaying progress towards a fully democratic government and that the military would hand over to a “fully democratic” government after elections in 2023.
There have been widespread protests on the streets in many major cities; many labour unions have declared full strike and civil disobedience; the internet was shut down but employees of mobile companies have enabled it to operate again. Guns including heavy machine guns have been used against protesters, and there are reports of deaths and injuries from hospital emergency rooms. The US and IGAD have condemned the coup as “utterly unacceptable”, and it is possible the US may withdraw aid, and even re-impose sanctions.
Canon Ian Woodward, Chair of the Salisbury-Sudan Partnership Link, emailed the following:
“I managed to speak to Archbishop Ezekiel just now and assured him of our prayers ++Ezekiel’s concern, given that there is no news internally and the internet is virtually inoperative, is not only about the high risk of suppression of supporters of the civilian government by the military but the continuing shortage of food which can only get worse.
The risk of the return of sanctions is also a real worry”.
- For Sudan as a whole, that peace and democracy will be re-established.
- For church leaders in and around Khartoum that they will be given wisdom and protection in their dealings with all parties.
- For the diocese in Kadugli, and especially Bishop Hassan, that they and all the church there will enjoy God’s protection, and that this crisis will strengthen the church and create greater openness to the Gospel.
South Sudan: The humanitarian crisis continues:
The relentless rain and continuing floods only exacerbate the sufferings of the people. This week Save The Children Fund appealed for $30 million to support their work with children and families. The UN reports that 40 people have died, and 700,000 been displaced, in what are described as “the worst floods for 60 years”. And the rains are expected to continue.
- Pray for all who have lost homes, livestock, crops and food stores, and are now destitute and vulnerable to disease and other threats such as snakebite.
- Pray for Government staff, international agencies and NGOs struggling to reach those who need help.
- Recognise that this abnormal weather pattern may be part of climate change, and pray fervently for all who can influence decisions to reverse global warming – especially for COP 26.