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Sudan: Campaign Seeks to Prevent Crisis

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These guys are playing soccer with a makeshift ball. Most of the people in this village have recently returned from Uganda where they lived in exile during the last war. CRS’ southern Sudan appeal aims to keep them from having to run from violence again. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

by John Lindner

If you read yesterday’s Sudan blog post, you know that, in a shocking development, I was sent to report on CRS peacebuilding work in southern Sudan. The rest of this week, I’m going to write about the looming crisis in southern Sudan and CRS’ novel response.

That response can best be summed up this way: We’re making an emergency appeal for prayer, money and advocacy … before the emergency happens.

We are, moreover, making an appeal for prayer, money and advocacy for an emergency we hope does not happen.

We are appealing for prayer, money and advocacy to help the Church in southern Sudan prevent a truly appalling disaster.

If you follow the posts and stories on southern Sudan over the next few weeks, you’ll begin to see a picture of what many at CRS believe is the future of emergency response: peacebuilding.

Our Sudan appeal is a tough order for supporters: Help with a response that few understand, to deal with an emergency that hasn’t happened.

In the next few days, I’ll discuss the enormous forces bearing down on southern Sudan. The following week, I’ll write about this thing called “peacebuilding.” The week after — that’s a surprise, for now. (At least, I was surprised.)

Learn more about CRS’ work to achieve peace in Sudan.

CRS web managing editor John Lindner traveled to southern Sudan to report on peacebuilding. This is the first of a set of posts on the work the Church and CRS are doing in southern Sudan.

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4 Responses to “Sudan: Campaign Seeks to Prevent Crisis”

  1. David Maurice Says:

    I first learned about Southern Sudan before it was publicized in various internet or newspaper articals. I believe in the above request to pray. I am not a mystic and cannot predict what is going to happen. In the depth of my soul “I Know” prayer is so critical. Pray for the woman and children, pray for the relief organizers, pray for the media, pray for the prayer servants. Southern Sudan reminds me of the Scriptural Church of Philadelphia. God has, will and will continue to give Southern Sudan His heart. I repent in thinking I am an American before I stand in solidarity with by brothers and sisters in Sudan who have a closer Christian Bond. Let us all open our hearts and minds and listen to”what the Sprit of God is asking of us.” Blessed are the peacemakers peace builders.
    David

  2. Jim Benzoni Says:

    This is so important – we are brothers and sisters — and we are our brother’s keeper.
    “Faith without works is dead.”
    Amen.
    Our prayer must be giving — our time, money, commitment, love, attention.
    “Blessed are the peacemakers…”
    Jim Benzoni

  3. Jim Benzoni Says:

    This is so important – we are brothers and sisters — and we are our brother’s keeper.
    “Faith without works is dead.”
    Amen.
    Our prayer must be giving — our time, money, commitment, love, attention.
    Jim Benzoni

  4. keira heart Says:

    this is so important for we are all brothers and sister we should help those in need of help. By being generous, helpfull, loving.

    And going beyond our ways of care to be able to be of service, to others especially those less fortunate.
    keira heart

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