A call to prayer for the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church
From Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly, and Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency
LOUISVILLE (PNS) We call Presbyterians to stand with our partners in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in deep concern and prayer for their people and for their property. Our partners report that the government of Sudan has destroyed the house of the pastor of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Khartoum North. They note that church members thwarted efforts to destroy the pastor’s office.
The church is the people. But such attacks on church property represent an effort to intimidate the community and to suppress religious freedom. Our partners ask us for solidarity and action, including prayer.
The partnership between Presbyterians in the United States and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church dates to 1901. Our long partnership remains vibrant, in spite of continual challenges that the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church faces because of decades of civil war. Such challenges have increased since South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, resulting in Christians in Sudan becoming a tiny minority of the population. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins our partners in Sudan in a holistic approach to ministry that includes prayer, evangelism, education, leadership development, and community development.
Please call on the president and Congress to urge the government of Sudan to respect diversity and to protect religious freedom for all the people of Sudan.
Please join our partners in prayer:
God of the ages, we pray for our brothers and sisters in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. We give thanks for their witness, ministry, and mission following Jesus. We give thanks for our partnership. We ask your blessing for our brothers and sisters during these troubling days. Protect them as assaults are made on church property. Keep them safe as they stand against those who would destroy their buildings and intimidate the community. Touch the leaders of the government of Sudan, that they may not only turn from policies of destruction and oppression, but also honor all people and provide religious freedom for all faiths. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.