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.

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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.

In Juba, all our church members who are from the Nuer ethnic group are in the United Nations compound because they cannot move freely in Juba. Rev. Peter Chol is with the group in the UN compound. In a telephone conversation with him this afternoon, he said they have very little food to eat for the whole week.

Yesterday night in Juba, Rev. Emmanuel Bafuka was robbed at gunpoint in his house. They took a laptop, camera, mobiles and other valuables.

In Malakal, the house of Rev. Simon Gatluak was attacked and up to now we have had no further contact with him. The Deputy Bishop, Rev. John Jock, has left Malakal and is outside the city in hiding.

In Western Equatoria in Yambio, there are not many problems, but there is no fuel and even mobile airtime, so we shall soon be cut off from the rest of the world.

I ask all of you to pray for us.

In Christ,Rev. Edward Nzeme
General Secretary, ELCS/SS

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