Tearfund started operating in Darfur, in the west of Sudan, in 2004, responding first to immediate emergency needs generated by the conflict that began in 2003 but with time focusing more on addressing longer term recovery and development needs.
Over the past 10 years we have experienced many joys and challenges and have worked with others to plant seeds of hope that have changed people’s lives. As some people are returning home and others in Darfur are making a life for themselves in the places where they are, we have much to give thanks to God for. But we also have much to continue to pray into.
Will you join us in praying for Darfur today, and throughout 2013?
We’ve created a simple prayer guide to help you pray throughout the year – you’ll find prayer points, creative prayer ideas and stories to help you pray. It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you have available – the guide has been designed to fit in with your life and with your year. You can choose how and when you would like to pray.
Today, I and my colleagues will be reflecting on Psalm 5:3, laying our requests before the Lord, and joining in this prayer, written by a church leader from Sudan:
O God, we thank you for the region of Darfur and its different people groups.
Thank you that you are watching over the region of Darfur.
We pray for your protection and care, and for courage and boldness for those called to service in this region and in the wider nation of Sudan.
We pray that the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan will reach agreement on issues that threaten lasting peace, and that these agreements will be implemented quickly.
We pray for peace, reconciliation and healing, for good-neighbourly relations with South Sudan, and for forgiveness, unity and hope across the land.
This we ask in the matchless name of Jesus Christ.
Please, join with us.