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“The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” Rom. 8:26

Tuesday, May 6

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Older Adult Week

Republic of the Sudan

The bustle and business of Khartoum gives the casual observer the impression of a vibrant capital city. On the surface, the shopkeepers laugh with customers seeking a bargain. Inevitably, the shopkeeper will win and then offer kind hospitality to his very best customer in form of a shared cup of spiced tea.

On the surface, life appears pleasant, but after a few sips of tea the conversation reveals underlying political, economic, and spiritual tensions that touch the lives of all citizens of Sudan. These difficulties press especially hard on Christians seeking to live in the hope that is our inheritance through the love, grace, and mercy of God revealed in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Christian youth living in Sudan face challenges to their way of life and faith every day, yet they do not despair; rather, they hope and express their faith with an astonishing maturity that gives substance to Jesus’ challenging call: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). That they have chosen this banner to define their circumstances speaks volumes about the pressures they face. But, more positively, it also speaks of their character, faith, and witness being lived out in the vitality and exuberance of youth.

Rev. Michael S. Weller, PC(USA) regional liaison for Horn of Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC): Synod leadership—Rev. Yahya Abdelrahim Nalu, chair, Rev. Indraous Matra, vice chair, Rev. Barbary Omer, secretary; Presbytery and church department leadership—Elder Dr. Dawood Bashir, Rev. Mikadi Mahmoud, Elder Kobia Osman • Gereif Bible School, Khartoum: Rev. Daniel Hammad, academic dean • Nile Theological College, Khartoum: Rev. Musa Kodi, academic dean • Sudan Council of Churches: Rev. Ramadan Chan, general secretary

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Pittsburgh, Redstone, and Shenango, with the SPEC

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Justin Hadden, BOP
Colleen Hahn, FDN
Patricia Haines, BOP

Let us pray

Loving God, we thank you for your steadfast faithfulness to all generations. We pray for the youth of Sudan and for the witness they offer to us all. Uphold them in their desire to live as your witnesses—accompanied by your Spirit, walking in your grace, and delighting in your love. We ask this in the name

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 98; 146
First Reading Exodus 19:1-16
Second Reading Colossians 1:1-14
Gospel Reading Matthew 3:7-12
Evening Psalms 66; 116

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