Praying for Peace

March 9, 2015 • South Sudan

Franklin Graham met with some of South Sudan’s political and church leaders and asked God to bring peace to the strife-ridden country

Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham met with South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar last week, March 3-4. He prayed with both men, in separate meetings, on neutral ground in Ethiopia and urged them to bring an end to the internal conflict that has been roiling their country for over a year.

A political crisis erupted between the two men in December 2013 and led to chaos in the country’s capital of Juba. Fighting spread throughout the country, in many cases along ethnic lines—Dinka vs. Nuer. Kiir is a member of the Dinka tribe, the largest people group in South Sudan, and Machar is a member of the Nuer tribe, the second largest people group. However, it should be noted that there are many factions involved in fighting and lawless behavior, and it is not entirely clear what groups are under whose control.

On March 5, Graham met with about 150 South Sudanese church leaders in Juba, an event Graham described as the highlight of his most recent trip to Africa. They prayed and worshipped together, asking God to bring peace to the country.

South Sudan, still the world’s newest nation, remains fractured today. The continuing turmoil and insecurity has displaced about 1.9 million people, cutting off many from normal food supplies and basic services. Tens of thousands have been killed in the de facto civil war.

Despite the challenges, Samaritan’s Purse is providing emergency food, clean water, medical support, and spiritual encouragement to tens of thousands of internally displaced people. Please pray for our continuing work in several areas of the country and for God’s peace to reign in South Sudan.

Stand with South Sudan Samaritan's Purse
South Sudan Relief Samaritan’s Purse is providing emergency food and clean water for people in South Sudan who have been internally displaced by an ongoing conflict within the country, and we continue to provide emergency aid to refugees who have fled violence in the Nuba Mountains and other parts of Sudan. Additional projects include drilling wells to provide clean water, distributing food to fight hunger and malnutrition, providing medical care for the sick and suffering, and working through the local church to build up communities through education and biblical literacy.

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