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Announcing a season of Prayer for Sudan
with specific requests following

“When God want to do something great, He raises up His people to pray”. There are many prayer movements for Sudan in this season from 1 December 2010 to 9 January 2011. Various high profile prayer actions are being mobilized right now.

1 December 2010: A National Day of Prayer for Southern Sudan
Among other, a prayer meeting would take place on 1 December in the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly. Here is an extract by Rev. Tigwog Agwet, the Advisor for Religious Affairs of the President for the Southern Sudan, received yesterday.

“I am also organising a National Day of Prayer for on December 1, 2010 to call the Nation for a fourty days of Prayer till the referendum day on Jan 9, 2011.This meeting will be attended by the Government, Church and Political leader of this Nation of South Sudan. The venue is the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly.”

1 December 2010 to 9 January 2011: A 40-day Prayer Focus on Sudan
Banners and materials are being prepared to introduce a 40-day Prayer Focus on Sudan. This would be in the build-up to the REFERENDUM taking place on 9 January 2010. Southern Sudanese would vote for either secession (independence) or to stay united with the rest of Sudan. At this stage there seems to be an overwhelming support for INDEPENDENCE of Southern Sudan. It is expected that 9 January 2011 would be the birth date of the 54th country in Africa.

The 40-day Sudan Prayer Focus would be launched on 1 December in the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly. The initiative would supported Every Home for Christ.

It HAS to be noted, that a serious amount of prayer for this season is also done in and from Northern Sudan, where people are standing in the gap VERY FAITHFULLY for their nation.

5 December 2010: A Global Day of Prayer for Sudan
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is calling for a Global Day of Prayer for Sudan on 5 Sudan. This is in response to the Sudanese Church leaders call for prayer. Here is an extract of their announcement:

  • At this historic juncture for the people of Sudan, the World Evangelical Alliance is asking Christians to observe a global day of prayer on December 5th, 2010.
  • The people of Sudan have experienced terrible loss of life and suffering in the last half century as a result of prolonged civil war and unrest.
  • The Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended that war but now peace is threatened again as Southerners prepare to vote in a decisive referendum on January 9th, 2011.

To find more about this initiative, please go to the following link on the website: http://www.worldevangelicals.org/news/article.htm?id=3214&cat=press

Key points to pray:
  • For peaceful and fair referendum on January 9th.
  • That the results of the vote will be accepted by the Sudanese government and the international community.
  • That the religious liberty of all people will be respected and safeguarded.
  • The rebuilding of infrastructure and social services post referendum.

5 December 2010: The last monthly Sudan Prayer Gathering of the Sudan Support Network (SSNet) for 2010.
It is VERY ironic that the Global Prayer Day for Sudan and this prayer gathering, held in South Africa, is scheduled for the SAME day. Coincidence? Not possible! For years, so many people from over the globe have prayed for Sudan. One of the groupings involved in the action of informed, sustained intercession for Sudan over many years, is the monthly Sudan Prayer Gathering, part of the Sudan Support Network.

11 December 2010 at Nairobi Baptist Church on Ngong Road
Sudanese, Kenyans and many others who care about Sudan will gather to pray from 9 am -3 pm. Contact chris.crowder@sim.org for more information.

28 to 30 January 2011: the 13th Annual Sudan Prayer Camp would take place in the Gauteng Province, South Africa.
“We continue to pray because God continually answers our prayer, in ways that has often astounded us. God is faithful to His Word! In Ephesians 3:20 we read about the God that can do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires and thoughts, hopes, or dreams

Prayer support for God’s work in Northern Sudan
God is doing a phenomenal work in Northern Sudan right now. Because of the sensitivity, it is difficult to publish details, because this could well stop the work. Just know that God is doing a work of STAGGERING proportions in the North in getting out His Word to a many people in Northern Sudan. PLEASE PRAY for this and for all involved with this work. Pray in particular for the many Jesus marches taking place in Northern Sudan on 22 / 23 December 2010. A part of the action is prayer support team(s) going into the North in December to support Christians leading God’s work there.

January 2011: Prayer for the many least reached people groups of Sudan via the Ethne Prayer Strategy.
Ethne represents a multitude of ministries from all over the world with a heart for the least reached peoples of the world. Millionsof people have never had an opportunity to hear a fair presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Theyare mobilizing people to pray during January 2011 for the East and Southern Africa region, including Sudan, which has more than 40% of the least reached people groups in the region consisting of 26 countries. Go to the http://www.ethne.net/prayer/regions/prayer-for-the-east-south-africa-region link to see more Sudan specific information. Ethne is also partnering with ministries like Joshua Project, Prayer Guard, Global Prayer Digest and International

January 2011 – Prayer focus on the key least reached peoples of Sudan / Chad via the Global Prayer Digest
An intensive month long campaign in January 2011 is launched by Keith Carey and his team from Global Prayer Digest. They have a PASSION for the least and the lost, the neglected and avoided peoples of the world. To find out more, please go to http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/

Print out these payer requests and share in a concert of prayer for Sudan

Listen to the Sudanese requests:
  • Pray for peace---we don’t want to fight
  • Pray against anger, retaliation, animosity, fraction and division.
  • Pray against distorted messages as this time when Sudanese are given a chance to vote.
  • Pray for a free, fair and safe referendum.
  • Pray that the decision from this vote will be respected.
  • Pray against hopelessness especially those drowning their sorrows with alcohol. We need clear heads and hearts!

Pray for calm hearts for Sudanese as they prepare for the Jan 9 referendum.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement mandates a referendum vote by the people of Southern Sudan regarding the future of their national identity. Southerners will then vote to stay within Sudan or break away and become their own country. If they stay, they fear continued marginalization and renewed Sharia law persecution. If they break away, creating their own land-locked nation will be enormous work.

Pray for Christian Leaders
Pray that Christian leaders will be filled with the love and power of God, that they will value and appreciate one another and that the different Christian groups operating in Southern Sudan will bless one another. Pray that they will have the vision and faith. Pray that these leaders will be faithful shepherds of the Lord’s people.

Pray for Spiritual Renewal
God is the hope of Sudan. Please pray that He will pour Himself out on Sudan in a nation-transforming move of the Holy Spirit. Oh Lord touch individual Sudanese, impact their lives and culture to follow you.

Pray for those who are hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lord, open the ears of those who hear, and make the Good news real to them. Your Holy Spirit can transform people, this is a supernatural work!

Pray for individual believers
  • Pray that Christians will be known as true people of God.
  • Pray for God to supply the material and spiritual needs of Sudanese Christians.
  • Pray for the health and testimony of Christians. 3 John 2 "that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in Spirit"
  • Pray for those who have walked away from Jesus. Even one of Jesus’ disciples said, ‘Lord, I believe, help my unbelief’ and we praise the Lord that He is a restoring God.

Pray for new Christians
  • Pray that many Muslims in Darfur, who are now starting to listen to the Christian gospel, will grow in their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and become faithful witnesses to other Muslims.
  • Pray for new believers who have responded to the compelling love of Jesus and need fellowship and teaching.

Pray against generational results of war, death, dislocation, losses
  • The social fabric is fraying, the rape and abduction of children has generational consequences. Lord strengthen families and communities. Raise up a righteous line of Christians who follow you.
  • The past cannot be changed but Lord help the Sudanese embrace the change they can bring to their present and future.

Pray for a spirit of forgiveness Indeed, the conditions for Sudanese Christians have been very harsh. What is now happening in Darfur in western Sudan is what has already happened in Southern Sudan and the Nuba Mountains for more than twenty years. It is difficult for the Sudanese to forgive when they see the same action continuing against their brothers.

Pray for peace and reconciliation. The people of Southern Sudan have enjoyed a very fragile peace since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. Now the weak unity government of shared powers is making efforts to rebuild Southern Sudan after almost fifty years of intermittent attacks from the north and incessant tribal conflicts.

Pray against war Psalm 46:9, Psalm 68:19-35, Isaiah 2:4.

Pray against external problems coming into Sudan. The Lord's Resistance Army represents itself as an opposition group resisting the inequality of the Ugandan government by an armed struggle to form a separate government in the northern portion of the nation. The facts strongly suggest that the LRA is an extremely violent and brutal terrorist organization that has no real concern for the needs of the people of northern Uganda whom they claim to represent. However, some northerners do support them. The LRA has operated more than usual in Sudan and Congo.

Pray against those living in Sudan who cause unrest.

Pray that oil resources will be shared fairly.
The profit-sharing portion of the peace agreement didn’t work well for the people of the South. So far there is little sign that the money promised in the profit sharing agreement and from other nations is making its way into real infrastructure projects in the South

Pray against nominal Christian identity – often used as a political statement.
Malakal is located on the east bank of the White Nile. First established by the British long before national independence in 1956, the city has been a war zone for more than thirty years. Since 2005, Malakal has enjoyed a fragile peace with only occasional military clashes. It has been growing very rapidly since 2005 – too rapidly for the weak government to build even the basic infrastructure systems. Most people in Malakal call themselves Christians, though Muslims still control the market and economy. Christians enjoy religious freedom in the South, but Lord make yourself real to Sudanese.

Pray for Lasting Peace.
The people of Southern Sudan have known nothing but war for years. As you know the peace agreement was finally signed just over a year ago. But so much more needs to happen to bring about lasting peace. It will take God's direct intervention for peace to become permanent.

Pray for Those Preaching the Gospel.
Pray for the safety of Sudanese Christians who are preaching the Good News under very difficult circumstances. Sudanese Christians are risking their lives every day to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will pour out His life on that nation. Pray for health and safety of evangelists who travel in Sudan.

Pray for the Sudanese people regardless of where they live. This is for Northerners and Southerners, for the poor and oppressed, for widows and orphans Exodus 22:22-23, Zechariah 7:8-10, Malachi 3:5, John 14:18

  • Pray against loyalties that fracture unity. Pray for unity among the many tribes of Sudan – that they would each be able to maintain their own distinct identity, but also have respect for one another as fellow Sudanese.
  • Pray for the institutions of family and marriage to gain strength. Psalm 68:4-6, Proverbs 11:29, Mark 10:6-9
  • Pray for the uneducated and rural people to be valued and to be empowered during this time of elections.Psalm 9, Psalm 113:4-9, Isaiah 10:1-4
  • Pray for the church of Sudan - for unity among many denominations under the banner of Christ. Pray for the Church to be a beacon of light, a strong tower and a champion for justice during this time. Romans 12:1-8, Philippians 2:12-18, Revelation 5:9-10
  • Pray for the government and leadership - Ask the Lord to redeem a broken institution here in Sudan and guide leaders in wisdom and righteousness. Pray for the placement of Godly men and women in political positions during the elections. Pray that the new leaders would really want to lead FOR the people and not for themselves or for the illusion of power.Isaiah 9:6-7, Zech 8:12-17, Romans 13:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • Pray against strongholds in Sudan - Historical patterns of war, violence and genocide have been going on for hundreds of years. Politics and government have been marked by corruption, greed and idolatry of power. Religious conflict between the Muslims, Christians, and animistic tribes points to deep seeded hatred. Witchcraft and spirit worship keep many people in darkness.
  • Pray against Idolatry and syncretism - Isaiah 59, Amos 5:4-15
  • Pray against misplaced faith - Isaiah 42:10-16, Matthew 4:16, John 1:1-5 & 10-14
  • Pray for the future of Sudan - That healing would come to a land riddled with pain and terror. Pray that lasting peace, founded on Christ, would reign.
  • Pray for justice to come to the poor and oppressed and that the government would lead the way in establishing just systems.
  • Healing - Psalm 147:3, Jeremiah 17:14, Hosea 6:1-3, Luke 4:40
  • Peace - Jeremiah 31:1-14, Amos 9:11-12
  • Justice - Deut 10:12-21, Psalm 37:7-40, Isaiah 1:15-20, Isaiah 61
  • Unity - Zech 14:9, John 17:20-23, Ephesians 4:3-6, Revelation 7:9-10
  • Pray for the advancement of the Gospel and that Jesus Christ would be glorified above all else in Sudan.Isaiah 62, Malachi 1:11, Romans 14:11, Revelation 14:6-7 The testimony of the Sudanese Christians is one of the strongest ways the Gospel is spread. Pray that their hearts will be filled with faith.
  • Pray for the Sudanese Church. Sudanese churches are wrestling with major issues like poverty and lack of trained leadership.
  • The church is respected in many places in South Sudan. They had a prophetic voice during the war and was the one institution that did not break down.. Pray that God will anoint and use his people in a great way.
  • The believers need to know God’s word and how to apply it. Lord help believers understand that they have a new loyalty and name as God’s children.
  • The witness of the church needs people who live out the fruits of the Spirit..
  • Pray that Christians and churches will be given the wisdom and courage to speak boldly for the Lord.

Pray for the marginalized minority of believers in the capital city.
Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is located in the North. It is a modern urban center with a greater metro population of around eight million. The city, like most cities, is a dusty noisy collage of constant activity. Khartoum was established many centuries ago on the site where the White Nile and Blue Nile merge into one river. Khartoum has an Arab Muslim majority; the Sudanese government is dominated by Arab Muslims. The densely populated areas of Umdurman and Dar-Al-Salam are located just outside the city limits. These have been refugee camps for more than twenty years, and these mega-squatter-cities are home to many marginalized Christians.

Pray for Southern cities -- where street children and new types of problems have emerged Juba is the southern capital, Wau, Rumbeck, Yei, Malakal, Renk, Melut and Torit are locations and residents have seen lots of turmoil and bloodshed.. The peace agreement changed that and the people have returned to rebuild their fractured lives…but the sheer number of deaths and generations driven by survival needs has torn the social fabric and culture.

Pray against corruption.
Lord, you tell us that all our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9) Continue to cleanse and change us as well the Sudanese.

Pray against long-standing tribal conflicts.
Some of these conflicts are being armed and stirred up by others to promote further instability in the south.

Pray against discouragement among returnees.
Rapid urbanization causes problems as many Southern Sudanese refugees come back home from the North and from neighboring countries – the government cannot apportion urban land fast enough to meet demand. Additionally, the lack of basic infrastructure in the South – such as roads, clean water, school, health and sanitation – continues to slow most rebuilding projects.

Pray for expatriate service organizations in Sudan
  • There are many believers working with and for the people of Sudan. Pray that their godly love for the Sudanese will continue and pray that God might be honored by their work.
  • Pray for the missionaries and Christian NGO workers that their witness will be clear and relevant.
  • Pray for those who are intentionally sharing with unreached people groups. Lord, anoint those working in your Kingdom in Sudan with wisdom and insight. Use them to represent you as Lord and Savior. Enable them to put Your truth in a form that can be easily understood. Anoint their words with power to penetrate hearts.
  • Pray for the spiritual health and focus of non-Sudanese believers. One missionary wrote, ‘the risk necessitates being on our toes—alert and aware of what’s happening around us. The task necessitates being on our knees—praying for Christ’s help in, through and over us.

What can you do? Beside earnest prayer, the most important thing for the global church to do is to listen and learn from the Sudanese Christians.
  • Praise the Lord that he has implanted a simple yet resilient faith in the believers, and has continued to protect His church in this harsh environment.
  • Thank God for Sudanese’ faithful witness despite decades of persecution.
  • Be encouraged by their example and be more faithful as we eagerly anticipate the return of Christ our King.

  • The sources for the above come from a number of sources beyond those cited within the document: www.sudanpartners.org; Liz Adleta at asianrd@sr21.com and joann.brant@sim.org

The World Evangelical Alliance has pledged action to ensure that the referendum taking place on Southern Sudan's future next January is a success.
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