by Harrison J. Bell
The situation in South Sudan worsens every day. Yet we are encouraged to know that God is not finished in South Sudan! God reminds us in Isaiah 54:10, "'For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won't walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won't fall apart.' The God of compassion says so."
This Thursday, September 1st, First Broad Street United Methodist Church, will join nearly 900 churches within the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, for a 24 hour prayer vigil day. Specifically, our Kingsport district churches have been asked to focus our prayers from 5am-6am and from 5pm-6pm.
If you are able, please consider joining us in the sanctuary on Thursday evening, September 1st at 5:00pm for a special time of prayer.
Whether you are able to join us or not, we ask that you would specifically pray for the following:
Peace to come through the power of the Holy Spirit
The safety and future of the children of South Sudan
The children of Grace and Greenland Homes (our partner children homes)
Rev. Fred and Libby Dearing in their leadership in Uganda and South Sudan
The United Methodist Staff who remain in Yei, South Sudan to continue ministry in the midst of conflict and violence
Our United Methodist pastors and congregations in the midst of war and conflict
A future of massive famine for hundreds of thousands in South Sudan
For our own hearts to be transformed to become a part of God's faithfulness to the people of South Sudan in their darkest hour.
Through this pain, suffering, and fear, we know that God has not walked away from the people and the church in South Sudan. Our challenge from God is the same- that we wouldn't walk away, that we wouldn't simply say "that's too bad" and stop there, but that we would become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and turn our sympathy into prayers and action.