Lutherans in Sudan Flee Fierce Fighting June 1, 2023

As two rival generals vie for control in the country of Sudan, war has broken out in the capital city of Khartoum. At least 500 people have been reported dead, and thousands seeking safety have fled to the Sudan/South Sudan border.

Rev. Peter Anibati Abia, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Sudan/Sudan (the LCMS’s newest partner church), sent LHF the following update and prayer request:

“The situation in Sudan is getting out of hand as neither of the two warring factions of the military is willing to stop fighting. There have been calls for ceasefire but both have turned deaf ears!

“There are 20 ELCSS/S churches within the country of Sudan, with the majority of churches in the Nuba Mountains, a very remote part of the country. There is no fighting in this area at the moment, but those within Khartoum really have it tough. Our three churches within Khartoum are all closed, and people have fled the area.

“At this point none of our members have been reported dead, but they are scattered and stranded at the border of Sudan and South Sudan.

There is great need for food, shelter, clean water and first aid kits. More support will be needed for the ELCSS/S to be able to reach out to these people in the camps where they are settled. Keep these suffering people in your prayers and the ELCSS/S as we bring God’s Word and minster to the war victims.”

For a limited time, an LHF supporter with a heart for South Sudan is offering a dollar-for-dollar match for refugee relief. To support this work, be sure to indicate “South Sudan relief” on your LHF gift.

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