Monday, December 23, 2013

South Sudan’s flag features the Star of Bethlehem, an appeal to the divine guidance and unity of peoples in the Biblical accounts of Christ’s birth.

The world’s newest nation, formed to free a largely Christian population from oppression under an Islamic regime, is in need of guidance and unity today.  It is suffering from the perennial problem for African nation building: tribal conflict.  Central government and infrastructure are weak

News reports are starting to appear, as various countries, including the U.S., are evacuating their nationals from South Sudan.  We have placed additional military forces in the capital city, Juba, to defend our embassy in the present instability.

For breaking news, Sudan Tribune is a recommended source.

As I’ve shared here before, I serve on the Board of Rebuilding South Sudan Through Education.  We’ve been able to get $5,000 of food and medical supplies to the people of Pajut Village, Panyang Province, some of whom have been driven out of their homes.

Our Board President is a parishioner at Church of the Holy Apostles here in Sioux Falls, and emailed to say, “I saw the many troubled faces of our South Sudanese members, who are not able to reach their families and expressed deep concern for what lies ahead for their people and the country.”

Your prayers for God’s guidance and the unity of people in South Sudan are encouraged and appreciated.

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