dear praying friends,
some of you may be aware that national and local elections in sudan are scheduled to take place just one week from now (the election starts april 11th). we would like to ask you to be in prayer throughout this coming week for the nation of sudan as it holds the first election in 24 years. tensions are running high between different political parties throughout sudan as many accusations flow about how fair the elections will be. these elections are for the presidency (over all sudan and for a separate presidency in the semi-autonomous region of southern sudan), seats in parliament, governorships, and state legislative seats.
i won’t go into great detail concerning the process itself, but i will add a few links at the end for those who are really interested. there have been several events within the last few days that make the credibility of this election questionable. the election was scheduled as part of a peace deal signed between the north and the south in 2005, which has a number of key phases, including: 1) a national census (took place in april 2008); 2) national elections (taking place next week -- april 11th); 3) demarcation of north/south border (date yet to be determined); and finally, 4) the peace deal ends in january 2011 when southern sudan is to hold a referendum on whether or not to become independent from the north. southern sudan has said that it doesn’t care much about this election because it is mainly focused on the referendum—in ten months time—when it hopes to become independent. southerners do not want this referendum to be delayed.
as far as our team is concerned, we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding the local election of our governor. there is an incumbent governor nominated by the ruling southern party, the splm, who has an independent challenger that seems to have a lot of local support. we are praying that this will not break into a violent situation as it has the possibility to become. most people around us have never participated in an election, so they don’t know what to really expect.
here are a few prayer requests to remember:
--pray that these would be free, fair and peaceful elections.
--pray that leaders would be raised up that fear the lord and that they would realize they serve under christ the king who rules the universe.
--pray that these leaders that are raised up would serve the people of sudan fairly.
--pray that wicked rulers would be brought down.
--pray for the church during this time, that it would be a beacon of light to those who are in darkness, proclaiming that christ is the ultimate king of sudan and the world.
here are a few websites if you would like to keep up-to-date on the election:
we appreciate your prayers during this time.
for the cush4christ team,