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ALERT: Call for prayer from Sudanese partners

West Gereif Bible School and Sudanese Presbyterian church destroyed in attack

25 April 2012 -- Read a joint statement from the All Africa Conference of Churches and the World Council of Churches condemning the attack on the Gereif Bible School.

22 April 2012 -- As serious inter-ethnic conflicts continue in the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, tensions have also increased between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan leading to violence along the border. For ethnic South Sudanese and Christians living in the Republic of Sudan there has also been persecution. Now, a global partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has seen its Bible school and church in Khartoum attacked and destroyed. According to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), a group of individuals has ransacked, burned, and looted the West Gereif Bible School, a Presbyterian church, and two independent churches.

The PC(USA) has a strong partnership with SPEC, but does not currently have any mission co-workers serving in the Republic of Sudan. 

Presbyterian World Mission has been in communication with the leadership of SPEC regarding this incident, and a statement from the Moderator follows below.

Joint statement from the All Africa Conference of Churches and the World Council of Churches on the situation in Sudan

The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have issued a joint statement expressing grave concern over the increasing incidents of attacks on Christians and destruction of church property in Sudan, condemning in particular the destruction on 21 April 2012 of the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church Gereif Bible School. Read more

How you can help

Prayer: Presbyterian World Mission and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church ask all Presbyterians in the United States and Christians everywhere to continue to keep the PC(USA)'s global partners and all the people of Sudan and South Sudan in your prayers.

Monetary gifts: In addition, the Project for Christian and Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) accompanies and provides training to PC(USA) partners the Sudan Council of Churches and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in interfaith peace-building.  A financial gift to the Africa General ECO E864100 will help PROCMURA continue to strengthen its work during this difficult time.

Support of HR 4169 - Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act: Earlier this year, Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4169). The bill works to create a comprehensive strategy towards ending atrocities and supporting peace in Sudan. Additional original co-sponsors include Representatives Frank Wolf (R-VA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Brad Miller (D-NC), John Olver (D-MA), and Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX). Stand with our sisters and brothers in Sudan.  Contact your representative and ask him/her to support this legislation to promote peace in Sudan. Read more

Statement from the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church

22 April 2012

Dear members and leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am here to inform you briefly about the news from Sudan concerning the burning and destruction of one of the most important places of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC). This occurred yesterday when more than 500 people from Ansaar Alsoona, which is a fundamentalist Islamic group, announced a jihad against Christianity and immediately attacked the Gereif Bible School and the West Gereif SPEC church on that same compound, as well as two independent churches in West Gereif. The group burned, destroyed, and looted everything in the churches and the Bible school including books, air conditioners, computers, photocopy machines, refrigerators and many other things. They even took the students’ things like books, bags, and clothes, and they burned them, as the students were not there.

SPEC Christians are assembling this afternoon (Sunday, 22 April 2012) at the West Gereif compound, which includes the Gereif Bible School and the church. So please, we need your prayers and the prayers of all churches in the United States, and even all the world. 

Rev. James Par Tap
Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church


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