Prayer Request for young Christian Leader in South Sudan
By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries
SOUTH SUDAN (ANS) -- Gary and Louis Short, leaders of Hope for Life International based in Arlington, WA (www.hopeforlifeinternational.org), are requesting urgent prayer for David, a young Christian leader in South Sudan who they says was jailed "unjustly" two weeks ago in South Sudan.
“David was falsely accused by a jealous and angry person, who probably had tribal motivations,” they said in a message to ANS.
“This man who knew David convinced security personnel to arrest him. Unfortunately, the police there often jail people who have been accused of wrong regardless of evidence and then sort out the truth while the person is in jail. This is what has happened to David.
“South Sudan, the newest nation on earth is trying to emerge into a more progressive democratic justice system from a long period of military government which it had practiced through the civil war years. The clash of these cultures often means the individual accused is at the mercy of the accusers and police.”
The couple went on to say, “About a year and a half ago we had another three leaders thrown in jail for three months and this persecution threatened not only their safety but the forward movement of the Gospel crusades and church planting in which we are involved. Our ministry has seen thousands turn to Christ in the last few years of the fragile peace in South Sudan.
“One of the underlying issues in this struggle to establish a new nation are the tribes along the Uganda, South Sudanese border who traditionally live on both sides of the border. David, though he considers himself Sudanese, has relatives living in border towns on both sides of the line. Unfortunately some in South Sudan seems to have a short memory as to how much they were helped by both Uganda and Kenya during its civil war with thousands of refugees fleeing to these border countries.”
They added, “David has worked with the Sudanese refugee community in Kampala and his border home area, in Juba the capital South Sudan as well as refugees in Chad for a number of years. David considers himself a Sudanese and we at Safe Harbor Churches value his leadership and great heart to see that his people know the good news of the Gospel. We ask for your prayer for David’s safety, health, encouragement, and freedom!”
Dan Wooding, 71, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: