Faith McDonnell has been with IRD since 1993. She is the Director of Religious Liberty Programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan. She writes and speaks on the subject of the persecuted church.
Seven years have passed since the horrific deaths of Turkish Christians Necati Aydin, 35, and Ugur Yuksel, 32, and German Christian Tilmann Geske 46. There is still no justice for the families of the three men who were tortured and killed at the Malatya, Turkey offices of Zirve Christian Publishing. And now, thanks to changes in the judicial system passed by the Turkish Parliament, justice may never be meted out on the Islamist murderers.
For what was perhaps the first time in a congressional hearing on Sudan, testimony highlighted Khartoum’s more stealthy jihad against the Beja people of eastern Sudan and the Nubians in the far north. Witness Dr. Walid Phares declared that Darfur, Nuba/Blue Nile State, Beja-land, and Nubia constitute “four Darfurs” in Sudan.
The bombing of beautiful Christ Church Cathedral is just the latest in a series of attacks by Islamist supremacists in a jihad against Christians in Tanzania.
Dr. John Sung is probably the most famous Chinese evangelist you have never heard of! Known as the “Wesley of China,” Sung preached across mainline China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia in the 1920′s and 30′s and was used by God to bring revival. Dr. Sung is also probably the only Chinese evangelist committed to an insane asylum. . .by Union Theological Seminary in New York!
One way in which hymns like Mary Alueel’s were used during the war was to give instruction to the people in the tenets of their faith. The same words are an admonition in the current crisis for the people to “unite” their hearts “and have hope.” These things (beseeching the Lord in unity, knowing that God has not forgotten them) cause evil to depart, holiness to advance, and can give hope for the future in this new day of devastation that has come upon the people of South Sudan.
Tomorrow, January 15, will mark one month since the conflict in South Sudan began. Please join us in a day of prayer and fasting for the nation on that one month anniversary. We can use this opportunity to pray that truth and justice will prevail and that peace will be restored. Pray for South Sudan on Twitter tomorrow by using the hashtag: #fastandprayforsouthsudan.
Only the Spirit of God can change the hearts of the people and bring about the forgiveness and reconciliation necessary for peace and for South Sudan to move forward once again.
The Church leaders of South Sudan have always played an integral role in civil society. During the painful decades of the North/South war, they were basically the only functioning element in civil society, whether in the bush or in refugee camp. Today, as South Sudan experiences the worst crisis so far as its life as a new nation, the church leaders are once again a pastoral and prophetic voice, calling on South Sudan’s leaders to stop the violence that has already taken over 1000 lives and displaced 200,000 people.
Since the onset of the current crisis in South Sudan on Sunday, December 15, 2013, South Sudanese Church leaders from every denomination and ethnic group have been continually pleading for an end to the fighting that threatens the future of the world’s newest nation.