“Break my heart, God, for the things that break yours.” It’s a dangerous prayer and one that would eventually lead me to the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan. If you happen to be black African or Christian, life in the Sudan is extremely dangerous. The largely Christian population in the Nuba Mountains has been a target for ongoing genocide.
Since last June bombs have been raining down on this region as President Al-Bashir, an ICC war criminal, wages yet another war against his own people. Cut off from the rest of the world, many Nuban families have fled -- living in caves and unable to plant their crops. These brutal attacks have prevented aid from reaching them and food has become a cruel weapon of destruction. Scores of men, women, and children have retreated to the caves for safety with only leaves, grass, and if you can imagine, bugs to eat, as documented in the disturbing eye-witness account by Franklin Graham.
The bombings, torture, rape and other atrocities are being documented by a thirty-year-old man from Florida, Ryan Boyette. He stayed behind to tell this story to the world. Media outlets from New York to Africa are joining forces with Ryan as he cries out against this campaign of terror in the Nuba Mountains.
With no outside humanitarian groups allowed in the region, famine has hit hard. The very young and the very old are hanging by a thread of life as starvation crushes down. This recent London Times article captures the horror, calling this hidden war “the spectre of another Darfur.”
The Nuba people are asking for our prayer. Will you stand with them in their suffering? 1 Peter 5:9 exhorts us to resist the enemy by standing firm in our faith because “your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”
Take Three Simple Steps to Stand with the Nuba People:
1. Become a MAD FAN: Pray a Minute-a-Day-for-a-Nation. We can resist by NOT forgetting and by praying for them. For the month of May, I am setting my cell phone to pray a minute a day at noon for the Nuba people and Ryan Boyette. Will you join me?
2. Let your voice be heard. ACT for Sudan, an alliance of American and Sudanese advocates, has created a simple link so that with one click, you can send an email to senior Administration officials with responsibility for Sudan policy, asking the United States to urgently take necessary steps to save lives and avoid complicity in genocide. Follow this link to send a strong message to the Obama Administration: http://bit.ly/H3GlYN
3. Donate your dollars to work on the ground through Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org. Additionally, for the month of May, all proceeds from the sale of Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars: Learning to Hear the Voice of God through the Forest Hill Church bookstore will got to a Nuba Mountain relief project.
“Holy discontent” should move you to action. Go to God in prayer. Speak out. Give. If genocide doesn’t make you mad, then what on earth does?
Note: This is the third in a three-part series on the crisis in Sudan.