Saturday, October 20, 2012

UNITE IN PRAYER FOR SUDAN / SOUTH SUDAN OCTOBER 19th-21st... This is a prayer event in connection with the South African-based Organization SSNet, though centered on a Prayer hub in Khartoum, Sudan. Take some time during these three days to unite in prayer for Sudan / South Sudan.... Here are the Prayer Points given [but feel free to pray as the Spirit leads]: * God's glory in and over Sudan and South Sudan. * His plans for the two nations coming into fulfilment. * Sudan and South Sudan becoming good neighbors to one another - pray for a healthy interdependence between the two nations and that their cooperation with one another would become a blessing to the region. * Pray for the completion of outstanding matters between the two nations related to the independence of South Sudan, like border issues and contested areas. * Pray for laborers for the harvest and that God's word will go out and accomplish what He sends it out for. These were taken from a previous outreach to Upper Nile Province of what is now the Republic of South Sudan [bordering a part of the Sudan where the government has renewed bombing efforts to subjugate the local populations]:
Also, I picked these dire statistics recently from the blog of a missionary with IRIS Ministries in Yei, South Sudan, and thought would give more insight into praying for this new nation: "Friends, we have been hearing some recent stats and facts on local radio or from various articles/studies we’d like to share: At $90 USD GDP per capita we are now the poorest nation on the planet We are also simultaneously one of the most expensive in the world: an apple can go for $2 or a mud hut for $1500USD/month to rent in some parts. We have 90% unemployment 90% of the population makes under $1/day We have 15 of the 16 of the world’s most deadly diseases There is approximately 1 doctor/500,000 people conservatively here We have the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, 1 in 6 women die in childbirth or due to related complications Anywhere from 1 in 2 to 1 in 4 children don’t live to see their 5th birthdays Regional drought and supply route interruptions has caused some food prices to more than double, if they are available at all. We top the worst of the worst in illiteracy, girl child education and well access to basic education in general. There are well over 1 million orphans here alone. Some estimate less than 3% of the population have a personal relationship with Jesus. But these numbers are just the beginning of the story. They tell the need, not the incredible opportunity to step into the unseen realm of God’s promises and see His unfailing love change the world around us. The story of God’s miraculous provision, holy transformation, healing and freeing of a nation is just getting started. The story of the supernatural realm of heaven coming once again to the last, the least and the lost, to those that know their need. We think there is no better place to call home… a place where faith and trust in His goodness is not an option. Please join us as we pray and trust for all of heaven to be manifest in our midst. We love you and cherish your prayers!" [Excerpted from http://irissouthsudan.org/]

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