Prayer Request for South Sudan

I’ve been reading John Allen’s “The Global War on Christians”.  So this prayer request from a group I support is hitting home.  Please include the Christians in South Sudan in your prayers.

from: info (at)
Subject: Prayer Request for South Sudan

Your prayers are requested…You may have seen in the news that there is a great deal of civil unrest and fighting in South Sudan, where the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sudan/South Sudan is based. While the town of Yambio (where ELCS/SS headquarters and the CLIHM seminary are located) has not suffered attacks, ELCS/SS pastors and their parishioners have not been so fortunate.The fighting seems to be primarily between the Nuer and Dinka tribes. It’s estimated that 1,000 people have been killed and some 200,000 displaced by the fighting that began on Dec. 15. Even in the “safe” areas, fuel, food and other necessary supplies are running low.

Today, the LHF office has received this email from Rev. Edward Nzeme, general secretary of the ELCS/SS:


Greetings from Yambio.The situation in our country South Sudan is not stable. Our church has been badly affected by the events in the country. Continue reading

Happy New Year 2014

I like to say I’m optimistic for the next year, but I’m not. “Hope for the best, expect the worst.”

For whatever it is worth, here are some predictions:

  1. There will be wars. Marauding warlords will continue to pillage civilians in the Middle east and Africa. Civil war may come to South America as Venezuela continues to collapse.
  2. Climate will continue to change. Ice will melt and water will freeze.
  3. Lawyers, Judges and Government will not save us. Those in charge will continue to pervert justice.
  4. Social conservatives will continue to be ignored. Babies will be continued to be born without fathers.
  5. Cleveland Brown will fail to sign a front line. Quarterbacks beware!
  6. Economic growth will be slow at best. The economy received a huge stimulus in 2013 as stocks rose 30%. It remains to be seen whether this creates stending, profits and earning. Against this upward force is implementation of the Obamacare mandates on employers, sapping hiring and earning. Also artificially low interest rates will continue discourage investments.
  7. The Church will survive.

I expect that, whether we deserve it or not, we will muddle through.