South Sudan Conflict
Fresh gunfire erupted yesterday in Juba, South Sudan. In the map above, you’ll see Juba is located in Central Equatoria state, where I lived in South Sudan from 2008-2010.

More than 10,000 lives have been lost since the political violence began in Juba in December 15, 2013. There was a ceasefire signed between the current government and the rebels at the end of January, but both sides accuse the other of violating the ceasefire. In any case, the renewed violence in Juba, the capital city, is unsettling. Official word says that only 5 soldiers were killed in a salary dispute, but some estimate 100 or more were killed in yesterday’s violence and much is still unclear.

The latest UN figures report 908,000 people have been displaced since December, abandoning their homes to escape the violence. Both the government and the rebels have been accused of various war crimes, including an the alarming trend of targeting hospitals in the of violence.

Most NGOs have evacuated their non-essential staff, like this friend of mine and volunteer staff of Confident Children out of Conflict, where I served in Juba. But, the lead missionary at the Yei Children’s Village, where I lived for two years, is still on the ground with the children. I plan to visit the children in Yei for a few days next week on my upcoming trip to Africa.

Yei has remained largely peaceful. Although there was sporadic gunfire in January, no lives were lost. Since the violence broke out, the staff and children at Yei Children’s Village have been pressing into Jesus in worship and intercession for their nation. They are reaching out to the community through food distribution to displaced people and regular outreaches with gospel proclamation and prayer for the sick. They’ve seen many put their trust in Jesus for the first time, and last week, as they prayed for a lame man, he was healed. The news of God’s healing power has spread through the community, and the good news of Jesus continues to be proclaimed boldly.

Please pray with me for preservation of lives in South Sudan and for a swift and lasting end to this violence. Pray that God redeems everything that has been lost and stolen – bringing people to knowledge of Jesus that transforms their lives, heals their relationships, and brings national reconciliation.

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

2 responses »

  1. Cathy says:

    Dear Jennie

    How wonderful to hear that you will come briefly to South Sudan. We have not really been evacuated and stayed on in Juba, apart from a short break in January. Our children were hosted by Iris in Yei when the situation as very difficult before Christmas. About half are back now, the others will say with Iris in Yei for longer.
    Yesterday and night as a bad time here, with the army running out of control and the government imploding, so it seems.
    I am planning to go to Iris in Yei too, Friday to Monday next week, and am given a flight on the UNMISS helicopter run for that. Could we meet there, or otherwise here in Juba? I really long for that; I need so much spiritual and wise counseling in the midst of the overwhelming challenges, grief and violence here.

    In His love

    Cathy

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