Sunday, March 1, 2009

Days of Prayer/Fasting for the Nation of Sudan

View of Malakal, south Sudan from central masjid (mosque), Mar.'08

I received this urgent call to prayer from YWAM contacts in Sudan working in various Christian iniatives in the country. Please read the following and pray as the Spirit leads. This truly is a crucial time for the nation.
After the photo is also recent news from Malakal, the key city I took our Church Planting/Intercession team to for three months last year....

1. Call to prayer and fasting- March 2nd-4th

We received this call to prayer and fasting a couple of days ago. People within Sudan and throughout the world are joining together to pray for this critical season in Sudan...

"Today Pre-Trial Chamber I announced that it would issue on Wednesday 4 March 2009 its decision concerning the Prosecution application of 14 July 2008 for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan. The decision will be made public by the normal way of a press release and publication on the Court’s website.

In Esther 4:12-17 we read that a national crisis was to happen and Esther called for a fast and the Sovereign God of the universe intervened.

Esther 4:16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."

We appeal to the Sudanese nation and friends of Sudan to stand with us in the gap at this time to intercede for deliverance and peace. This is the time that we call a fast of three days in which you can participate in seeking His face for our nation.

Please pray with us for:

-Khartoum city. Isaiah 62: 6-7 "I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem (O Sudanese); they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem (Sudan) and makes her the praise of the earth."
-The president, ministers, premiers, members of Parliament, provincial authorities, mayors, advisors, ambassadors and government officials. When you know the names of these people, pray for them by name. "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases." (Proverbs21:1) "Remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness." (Proverbs 25:5) Pray for the salvation of the leaders of Sudan...
-The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the north-south civil war in 2005. Please pray for the will of God and His kingdom to come as it is in heaven so it be on the earth regarding the CPA...
-The Darfur situation. Ephesians 1:18 "I pray that also the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints." Pray for that their eyes may be enlightened to see Jesus and their inheritance in Him. Pray for protection over the families, communities and cities in this time. They are our brothers and sisters. Pray for unity of the different faction leaders in Darfur and for peace and reconciliation among them.
-The country of Sudan as a whole. John17: 11b, 15 "… Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name – the name You gave Me- so that they may be one as We are one. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."
-Foreigners in the country. John14: 27 "Peace I leave with you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Please also pray for their protection and safety as they continue faithfully in their work.

2. Fighting in Malakal

KHARTOUM (AFP) — Fighting in the key southern city of Malakal this week has killed some 50 people and left another 100 wounded, a UN official said on Friday.

"According to our estimates, drawn from on-the-ground observations and different sources, the violence has resulted in about 50 deaths and 100 wounded" among both combatants and the civilian population, the official said. Fighting erupted on Tuesday between former rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), which now runs south Sudan, and supporters of Gabriel Tang, a former militia leader who fought alongside the Sudanese army in the 1983-2005 civil war. The clashes lasted a day, and an official said the situation was "fairly quiet" on Friday.

Tang supporters, or Tangginyang, have been incorporated into Khartoum's regular forces, joining a mixed north-south unit patrolling areas that are still sensitive four years after the end of a war that caused two million deaths. Tang has been based in Khartoum since 2006, after clashes between his men and the former SPLA soldiers left more than 100 dead in Malakal. He returned this week to the town near the border between the northern and southern regions of Sudan.

Thankfully a family from YWAM trying to pioneer work in Malakal are currently in Khartoum. The town has repeatedly seen fighting since the signing of the peace agreement in 2005. The violence could spark a wider conflict in the country. Pray for the peace of this city and this central region of Sudan. Also ask God to comfort the families of those you died and those who have been wounded.