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Friday, May 15

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Republic of the Sudan

 

The situation of our partner churches in Sudan and South Sudan is unstable and will surely be greatly changed when you read this entry.

What can we say about the desperate situations in both countries? While the details may be different, the challenges are equally difficult. The events of recent years represent one of the great human tragedies of our day. Powerful individuals and political forces tear at the social fabric of a long-suffering people. The infrastructure is frail at best after decades of war. Inhumanity prevails on a scale impossible for us to imagine. Each day threatens unpredictable horrors.

Yet the church of Jesus Christ (in its Presbyterian and numerous other forms) is a present and faithful witness, and the amazing courage and resilience of its people evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence.

What is our role in the PC(USA)? Prayer is always the place to begin, whether in peace or war. Daily supplication before the gates of heaven must be made credible through our presence and resources, however inadequate they are in the face of such crushing afflictions. Only God’s unfathomable mercy can address such situations. Four presbyteries (Trinity, Shenango, Redstone, and Pittsburgh) have been blessed with the privilege of humbly walking for more than 20 years with our partners in Sudan and South Sudan.

On an even deeper level, we in a post-Christian West have been challenged by observing the practices of a post-Western Christianity in the lives of these partners. These sisters and brothers, not we, are now the representatives of the world’s Christian majority. Their extraordinary witness is essential to our future as a Christian community in the West.

Rev. Dr. David Dawson, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

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. Kori Ramalah, secretary general
Presbytery Partnerships
Presbyteries of Pittsburgh, Redstone, and Shenango, with the SPEC
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Troy Hardy, BOP
Ashley Harkinson, PMA
Cheri Harper, PMA
Let us pray
Merciful Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, embrace your witnesses in the Sudan and South Sudan, protecting them and giving them courage for this day. May we “have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth” of your love expressed through them. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 148
First Reading Ezekiel 1:28-3:3
Second Reading Hebrews 4:14-5:6
Gospel Reading Luke 9:28-36
Evening Psalms 49; 138

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