Unidentified attackers brutally murdered an Anglican Arch-Deacon and two other pastors belonging to the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan. The three pastors were slain Monday, August 22, at the trading center in Kimba, south of the South Sudan town of Yei, near the border with Uganda. The Arch-Deacon was reported to have openly criticized the military for indiscriminate killing and looting of people’s property earlier that day. On the same night, in what appears to be an unrelated event, two other men, along with their entire families (one had three children and the other one child), were also killed in Yei. Please pray for an end to the escalating violence in South Sudan.
The violence is also complicating the work of Open Doors’ partners in the country. Please pray for continued protection over these partners and for wisdom in decision-making in these uncertain times
“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” As David proclaims in Psalm 8, may it be so in South Sudan where violence is escalating even against Your church. We do pray for the families of these men, women and children who are grieving their loss. Comfort them, Father, in ways that only You can. Protect them and give them wisdom as they face the daily threat of danger and sustain them in the midst of the current shortage of food. And we pray for the partners of Open Doors that You will protect them and grant much wisdom and discernment as they make crucial decisions in the coming weeks. It is in the name of Jesus we pray, that peace may rule in this fledgling nation and that the light of glory might shine on Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.