“...not only in ages past” - The Martyrs of Sudan and current opportunities to stand with them
May 16 commemorates The Martyrs of Sudan. I am honored to celebrate Holy Communion at Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls at 12:15 on this day. These are not figures from ancient church history or legends, but Christians who died for their faith in the closing decades of the last century and continue to suffer in the first decades of this new millennium.
Last year, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation. The main thrust of independence was to free the largely Christian population from the Islamist government of Sudan, with its capitol in Khartoum.
The Anglican Province for the nation, The Episcopal Church of Sudan, strives to serve Christians on both sides of the border and to work for peace between the two nations. Sudan’s Archbishop, The Most Reverend Dr. Daniel Deng Bul Yak, recently issued a gracious, balanced and impassioned appeal for peace in his conflicted province.
The Christian people of Sudan need our support in prayer. The Anglican prayer blog Lent & Beyond is providing resources for the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost, which falls on May 27 this year. This prayer focus includes intercession for the persecuted church in Sudan and around the world.
Along with our intercession to Almighty God, we can speak up for South Sudan and Sudan with those who hold public authority. The Episcopal Church (TEC) in the U.S.A. has a page with prayer, information and advocacy links.
Here in South Dakota, the leadership of “Lost Boy” Moses Deng Joknhial II led to Rebuilding South Sudan Through Education. I encourage you to visit the link and read the truly amazing story of what has been accomplished in Moses’ home village of Pajut.
Originally run with gracious administrative support from the Diocese of South Dakota, the project is now incorporating as a separate non-profit. I’ve been honored with a place on the newly formed Board of Directors, and my parish will host its upcoming organizational meeting.
You can have a big impact right now: a donor has set up a matching grant up to $10,000. So every gift is doubled, with potential for $20,000 on this initiative alone. If God gives you the inspiration and means to donate, it will be a blessing as Christians build up their communities in the face of formidable challenges. Current project initiatives include emphasis on maternal-fetal health and microeconomics. You can contact me via private message here at Stand Firm, or use the current project contact information.
Thank you and God bless you for supporting his people in South Sudan and Sudan.
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