A National Day of Prayer for Reconciliation in South Sudan will take place on Monday, July 8, 2013, the eve of the anniversary of the country’s independence.
The theme will be Lamentation, leading to repentance and personal conversion/transformation. From July 1-7, there will be prayers with different groups (e.g. government, organized forces, women, youth, etc).
- On Friday, July 5 the Muslims will take up the prayer in their mosques,
- On Sunday, July 7 the Christians will take it up in their churches,
- On Monday, July 8, a national time of prayer will be held in the Juba Stadium, and
- prayer will also take place in each State capital.
The initiative grows out of an awareness of the need for reconciliation in the Republic of South Sudan.
H. E. Vice President Riek Machar raised this concern and H. E. President Salva Kiir appointed a Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation
Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan chairs the committee with Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban of the Roman Catholic Churches as Vice-chair. The Committee includes a number of other Christian and Muslim religious leaders, a representative of each state, and representatives from civil society.
Prayer concerns may include:
* Justice that leads to peace for all the people of Sudan
* An end to violence
* The transformation of hearts
* The safety of Reverend Idris, Joshua Idris Nalos, Pastor Trainee David Gayin, and all who have been detained
* Jonglei state and other places that have known inter-tribal violence
* Good leadership and governance
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Please pray between now and July 8.