Prayer request from my friends in Sudan

I just received this from a friend of mine in Sudan:

Hi folks,

I have just received some news from Sudan that is very concerning, not only for our team plans this summer, but for the people of Sudan. Please read, and pray.

The area of Sudan where myself and Lori worked with the Ganza people, is in Blue Nile State. This is also where our team was set to travel to next week. Blue Nile State is one of three contested states that could go to the North or the South.

We have just received news that the army of North Sudan has given the Southern Army (SPLA) an ultimatum to leave Blue Nile State by tonight and surrender the area to the North, in a situation similar to that of Abyei last week. Unlike in Abyei though, there is a very large SPLA presence many of whom consider Blue Nile their homeland, and have been vocal in their commitment to protect it by force.

The situation reported on the ground is that Northern troops have moved to within 5km of southern troops in State of Blue Nile. This has prompted SIM, and other organizations to evacuate their personnel out of Blue Nile State, this is happening as I write this. SIM’s ministry in this part of Sudan, including the Ganza ministry has therefore been put on hold.

Therefore, we will not be going ahead with our plans to visit the Ganza in Blue Nile State this month with the Glasgow team. Alternative locations and ministry opportunities are currently being considered for the team, and we pray that God will use us in another part of Sudan. There are however much greater ramifications of this than that of changes to our trip, and to this end we’d like to encourage you to pray earnestly for a miracle of peace. There are many people there, Christians and otherwise who are in very serious danger, many of whom Lori and I know personally.

Please pray,

Peter

Another Man’s War

Another Man’s War.
Sam Childers Website.
Thomas Nelson.
Buy on Amazon.

From the back cover:
The rise of Sam Childers from violent, drug-addicted biker to a man willing to risk everything to rescue the orphans and child soldiers of Sudan.

“All my life, from birth, it’s been a fight. And it always seemed to be another man’s war. I always seemed to be fighting for someone else. But it always came back to me. The Word says we’re born into sin, and sin always comes back to war.” -Sam Childers

Sam Childers has always been a fighter. Born to a violent father and a mother of great faith, his life was a contradiction. With an affinity for drugs and women, the angry young man grew into a drug-dealing biker. But that was then. Nowadays Sam–along with the cadre of Sudanese soldiers he employs–spends his time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing the youngest victims of war, orphans and child-soldiers. His mission is simple: save the children, no matter the cost.

The difference between myself and Sam Childers, is when I wake up in the morning, there’s a very small chance that, that day will be my last. But for Sam Childers, you never know.

This book is the story of Sam Childers, a guy who is torn between his home in Central City, PA, where his wife and daughter live, and his orphanage in Southern Sudan, where he has over 500 orphans that he has personally rescued from the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).

Sam’s job is to hear of villages in Southern Sudan that have just been attacked, sometimes less than 10 minutes ago. He then gets in his truck with his AK47 on his lap, and his group of SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) soldiers and heads straight to the villages.

Once he gets there, he steps out of his car and just waits. Soon, he’ll begin to see the tall grass around him start to move. Out comes small children, who have just run from their house and hid. Most of them have just seen both of the parents killed right in front of them. For the children who are not able to escape, they are taken back and turned in soldiers for the LRA.

Once Sam and his team wait, right in the middle of the war zone, just minutes after rebels went through and burned down the houses, they gather all of the children and take them back to their orphanage, which is surrounded by 10 soldiers 24 hours a day to protect them from the “Tom-Tom” (the soldiers in the LRA who killed their parents).

The terror and horror that these children go through will never leave them. One night a child awoke in the middle of the night from a horrible nightmare when a bunkmate said to them, “It’s only a dream. Tom-Tom can never get you here. The soliders are with us. God is with us. You are safe.” – Another Man’s War

I learned a lot from reading this book. Not only do I wish that I could go visit Sam at his orphanage someday, but I feel like I learned a little more about Southern Sudan’s history and it’s current situation.

Joseph Kony is a name that I will not forget. He is the leader of the LRA and he is the one who is going into these villages before Sam is able to get there and he is the one who is leading his army to kill these people and kidnapping children to turn them into soldiers. One of the orphans at Sam’s orphanage actually told him that Joseph was planning on killing Sam and his team, but the soldiers could not do it. Sam knew it was God protecting them as He always does.

Exactly one year ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law the Lord’s Resistance Army’s Disarmament and Northern Uganda Act that plans to put a stop to Kony and his army. Later in the year, President Obama delivered the strategy to disarm Josephy Kony and his army.

For now, we wait.

Serving In Mission (S.I.M.)

A Look Back from Taylor Martyn on Vimeo.

Serving In Mission, aka S.I.M., is the organization that I went to Africa for, to lead worship at their Spiritual Life Conference back in April. Just saw this video and wanted to share it with you.

Also, I received an e-mail from my good friend who I met there, Tohru. Tohru’s title is the Sudan Deputy Director, but this man wears many hats, including being a part of their crisis management team. Which you can only imagine what types of “crisises” this man has to deal with. I’ll write more about him later, but he sent me his newsletter today and I found this part extremely amazing.

“One of the most famous verses starts not with “God sent His only begotten Son to the world…” but with, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son…” Love for us trumps any suffering.  I believe that the pain of the cross was a hard sacrifice but perhaps the pain of not obeying that love and losing His people forever to their own sin would have been harder still. Love shapes our calling and though there may be suffering in our ministry, not doing it would be far more difficult for us since love compels us.”