Romans 8 states that all of creation is “groaning,” longing for our redemption. As I look around the world, I would say that creation is “wailing.” The horrors of war wound the soul, and a natural response is that of trauma--or the “wailing” of our inner being. The violence in South Sudan and Syria continues unabated; millions of men, women and children have been impacted by death of loved ones, displacement, and an uncertain future. God hears the cries, and invites us to listen and respond as well.
In December I’ll travel to Nairobi for a commemoration of the outbreak of violence in 2013, which initiated the most recent civil war in South Sudan. We will remember the atrocities and innocent lives taken, but also bring people from various tribes together to seek healing and peace. Please pray for God to strengthen and guide those who seek peace and reconciliation for South Sudan.
Below is a link to some of the latest news on South Sudan. The insecurity is having secondary effects, such as the potential for significant famine as people are displaced and crops have not been planted. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34610205