A simple note lay in my mailbox yesterday, from Samaritan’s Purse. It was a call to action–a call to prayer. As you may know, Southern Sudan prepares for independence on Saturday, July 9. What you may not know, however, is intense fighting has resumed. If it continues, what little peace they’ve attained, will be gone.
Now is not the time to forget the people of Sudan. And yet, all too often, that’s precisely what we do.
I once overhead a man comment, “They’re always going to be in the midst of war; I don’t know why we make such a big deal about it.” Why, indeed. If the tables were to turn, would he feel the same? I can’t help but wonder. And while most of us do not take quite the extreme view, we often overlook those who struggle. To most of us, Sudan is foreign land, far away; we forget it’s home to some 45,047,502 people. We see a headline, a spot on the map; we forget the people.
Yet the people of Sudan look to us for a lifeline.
The note from Samaritan’s Purse including a plea from a Sudanese pastor:
With grief today, I want to inform you that the new church is burned down. We have lost everything … Many people have fled town, but some stayed. There is no food or water for them now. There are only soldiers all over the streets. We need prayer.
How can we deny him this request?
So visit The Big Picture–look into the eyes of some of the people of Sudan. And then pray … for the people, for the country, for the miracle of peace.
Click here to see how Samaritan’s Purse partners with the people of Sudan–in case you can give financially, too.