Shukran!

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Shukran! That means, "Thank You" in Juba Arabic, one of the heart languages in southern Sudan. As usual, we've enjoyed an overwhelming response to our southern Sudan appeal for prayer and funds. We are ever blessed by the generosity and faithfulness of our precious family of supporters.

The Christians in southern Sudan are indeed hungry for help. One of them says, "We need people to come - evangelists to come and preach the Word of God to southern Sudan."1 Another simply states, "We need education."1 We are eager to respond to their cry!

Initially, we intend broadcasting programmes into southern Sudan over shortwave from Swaziland. That's almost 3500 km! We praise God for the power of shortwave radio! Later, in partnership with the local church we hope to broadcast programmes within southern Sudan over FM radio.

Considering the struggle and pain that the people of southern Sudan have endured over the years, we are focusing on programmes which deal with: leadership development, reconciliation, education, community development, and issues pertaining to families, women and children.

One of the most heart rending issues in southern Sudan is the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One of Sudan's "lost boys," who was orphaned during the civil war, recently completed his education in Denver, USA. He studied psychology with a focus on PTSD and has returned to southern Sudan to assist his people. When asked what the prevalence of PTSD is in his country, he says, "It's almost universal." This is a particular issue families need help to overcome, in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for this project. One southern Sudanese man states, "I'm praying that God brings unity."1 We are all praying this too, with him, for the church, for the country, for the region and for the continent. EM Bounds writes, "The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees."

1. Quotes gathered from a southern Sudan video uploaded to Vimeo.com

Published: 11 June 2011