Conflict continues in South Sudan
South Sudan, considered to be the newest country in the world as it gained its independence in 2011, has been the main topic in headlines across the globe this past week. Gunfire, explosions, and conflict has shaken Juba, the capital of South Sudan and also the largest city of the country.
Tensions have been high between the Vice President Riek Machar, and the President Salvar Kiir for years, but conflict arose again on Friday July 8th. Since then over 250 people, civilians and peacekeepers, have been killed and that number is expected to rise as reports come in. People who have been displaced from their homes are now taking refuge in areas monitored by the United Nations, but recent reports have indicated that a cease fire is currently in place.
We have been working in South Sudan for a number of years, and have been asked specifically to work within communities to provide God’s word. Bible League Canada has joined with ministry partners to respond as a team to introduce people to God. Through our work we have equipped public school teachers with Bible-based, Christ-centred teaching skills so that they can continue their work. Currently, no child in South Sudan has experienced peace; making our presence in this nation even more important.
Please keep the nation of South Sudan, and our team, in your prayers as discussions of peace continue.