On November 8th, we were honored to have Dr. Akec Koch, Sudan Ambassador to the United States come visit with us. In light of the upcoming referendum election, Dr. Koch reminded us to not forget our brothers and sisters in Sudan and encouraged us to PRAY for all the people of Sudan as they await what could likely be the birth of a new country and face the real possibility of war.
Our ministry was inspired by James Harrison’s heart for the Sudanese people and their suffering and we are honored to carry forth and strengthen the work we started in Sudan. Currently, we have 1 Mobile Messenger serving in the Nuba Mountains and 1 in the village of Lui, located in the south. We are currently equipping 6 additional Mobile Messengers in Sudan with motorbikes this month so they may go forth, delivering Bibles and sharing the message of HOPE in the south.
Dr. Koch shared that Sudan is still rebuilding from 20 years of war that ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. The Agreement provided for a referendum in 2011 where those in southern Sudan could vote to secede from the north. Although the referendum is scheduled to take place on January 9, 2011, many of the provisions of the Agreement that would have encouraged a peaceful transition have not been implemented. Many issues are at stake, the possibility of war is real and the Church is likely to face increased persecution. Sudan is still very dependent on help from the international community which is assisting with rebuilding and development in the critical areas of economy, health care and education, to name a few. In the event of war, international organizations will have to leave and a situation similar to the genocide in Darfur could be possible in southern Sudan.
With Open Eyes is committed to strengthen our current efforts and to pray diligently for our Mobile Messengers who will be delivering the message of HOPE, and for all the Sudanese people who will be greatly affected by the outcome of the referendum vote. Dr. Koch’s plea to Christians in the United States was to PRAY. Unite and pray and through the power of prayer, the Lord’s grace would get them through.
We want to thank our friends at JAARS for coordinating the Ambassador’s visit and Coke Consolidated for hosting our gathering and for your continued generosity and support. It was a blessing to share that special time with our fellow brother in Christ!
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