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“Truly this man was God’s Son!” —Mark 1:39

Wednesday, May 13

Republic of South Sudan


Late in 2013, hostilities broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. At the time of this writing, the hostility has spread to all but three of the 10 states that make up South Sudan.

I have been hearing from students about the atrocities that are occurring; hearing how their faith is holding strong, how they are trusting God. They are not trusting God to keep them alive but trusting God no matter what happens; they are trusting God in life and in death.

In Malakal, where I teach at the Nile Theological College, there has been total destruction of the campus and loss of civilian life. I am heartsick for my students and the other people of Malakal and South Sudan. The population of this young country is seeing unhealed wounds erupt in deadly force.

I am thankful for God’s faithfulness to the people of South Sudan and other traumatized countries. Some of the very young children had never known war until now. We know that God is holding the hands of those mothers who hold infants being rehydrated by IV drips because they have life-threatening diarrhea. Their little ones have diarrhea because there is no clean water and little food. The people are drinking muddy water and cooking with mud. We know that God is comforting the father whose nine-year-old daughter was shot in the stomach at the UN compound where he thought his family would be safe.

God is not powerless. God is demonstrating the most loving kind of power—providing endurance, comfort, and everlasting presence even in the most difficult of times. Love is a much stronger power than the power of guns and tanks.

Rev. Debbie Blane, PC(USA) mission coworker, Malakal

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS): Aliamma George, community health evangelism facilitator, Rev. Jacob George, theological educator, Giffen Bible School, Lynn and Sharon Kandel, logistics and administration advisers, Nancy McGaughey, community health facilitator/consultant, Leisa Wagstaff, education facilitator • Nile Theological College: Rev. Debra Blane, theology lecturer • Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE): Rev. Nancy Smith-Mather, program facilitator, Rev. Shelvis Smith-Mather, principal, RECONCILE Peace Institute

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Ray Hamilton, PMA
Rev. Trey Hammond, PMA
Denise Hampton, PMA

Let us pray

Lord, thank you for your love. Your love is not of this world. It may look weak in the face of guns and tanks, but it is not. It is the way of care and respect; it is the way of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Deuteronomy 19:1-7
Second Reading James 5:13-18
Gospel Reading Luke 12:22-31
Evening Psalms 9; 118

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