The largest country in Africa

A map of SudanOn November 20th I shared the invitation of the Presiding Bishop to begin a Season of Prayer for Sudan. Sudan is the largest country in Africa. Its stability will go a long way toward keeping the entire region stable. Serious crimes have occurred in Sudan and, it seems, will continue unless “good neighbors” choose to act. We have been invited to do what we can to change the course of events in Sudan through our prayer, study, and action. I intend to keep this Season of Prayer and will ask you to do the same.

I believe in the power of prayer. The new relationship with the Creator that is born in prayerful encounter has a power to change  persons, communities, events in ways that are unexpected and life-giving. Let us join our hearts and voices together in a Season of Prayer for Sudan. The God to whom we pray has a pattern of relationship with us. This pattern is succinctly stated in Exodus 3:7-8:

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them. . . .

The One who spoke these words is trustworthy and the pattern of seeing, hearing, knowing, and acting on behalf of the poor, the downtrodden, the forgotten, the dismissed, the abused, begun long ago continues into today. Though the task is daunting and though it would be easy to do nothing because the problem seems so intractable, believe that your prayer, your study, your action and mine will be heard and that brothers and sisters we may never meet will be delivered by the love of God.

More information: A Season of Prayer (an invitation made by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church)

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