On Friday 8 November 2019, the World Food Programme said that nearly a million of South Sudan’s 11 million people have been affected by devastating floods and are in urgent need of life-saving assistance. The government declared a state of emergency in Bahr el Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria states and is appealing for increased international support to help it deal with this natural disaster, the worst in many years.
Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and are living in temporary shelters. Whole towns and villages lie submerged by the rising waters, amid growing concerns of possible disease outbreaks and starvation. Even before the latest floods, it was estimated 4.5 million people would not know where their next meal will come from between September and the end of the year. The number in need was forecast to increase by another million in the new year. But even this total might rise again because of the torrential rains. These devastating floods exacerbate the already enormous challenges caused by decades of political instability, poverty and persistent food insecurity.
Please join with us in praying for South Sudan, that there will be an outpouring of compassion from other nations (and the global Church), so that thousands of lives may be saved.
- For lasting peace in this nation and for the church to help bring forth that peace.
- Pray that humanitarian aid will reach those that really need it and that it will not be embezzled along the way.
- Pray for the rebuilding of the nation. Pray for wise men and women to come into key positions to help to restore the nation.
- Pray for the global church to help financially, but especially with human “resources” – teachers, counselling services, trauma counselling, books, Bibles, leadership development and to equip people for daily life.
- Pray for hope to rise in the hearts of people.
- Pray for spiritual revival in the South Sudanese church.