Some of the main news items for this week

Below is extracts of articles with some of the most important news information this week. The news on the revocation of many of the long-standing sanctions against Sudan is by far the most news-worthy item of the week. Click on the links to access the full articles.

US revokes Sudan sanctions

On 6 October, the US decided to revoke long-standing economic sanctions against Sudan, in recognition of its progress towards maintaining a cessation of hostilities in Sudanese conflict areas, improving humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintaining cooperation with the US on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism. Although not a condition for revoking the sanctions, the US also secured a commitment from Sudan not to pursue arms deals with North Korea. The revocation is set to take effect on 12 October 2017.

Sudan, however, will continue to remain on the US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism – alongside Iran and Syria – which carries, among other things, a ban on weapon sales and restrictions on US foreign assistance.

One more on that topic:

Trump moves to ease sanctions on Sudan

 

Bern demands release of Swiss woman abducted in Darfur

The Swiss Foreign Ministry has called for the quick release of a Swiss aid worker who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from her house in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, on Saturday evening.

South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter

War-torn South Sudan “should serve as an example” for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world’s youngest nation for making steady progress in ridding itself of the debilitating parasite despite the “tremendous problems.”

Help Danie Retief in blessing the children of South Sudan

This weekend Danie Retief is running, swimming and cycling to make a difference in the lives of South Sudanese children. Danie is representing South Africa in the World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, Amsterdam.

The event consists of participation in a 1500 m swim, 40 km bicycle ride and 10 km run, which represents the Olympic distance. More information on the event is available at this link.

To DONATE to help Danie bless the children of South Sudan click here.

Danie is required to raise funds for all of his participation AND at the same time wants to raise funds to bless the children of South Sudan.

Click here to read more about the World Triathlon Championships taking pace THIS weekend in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Danie Retief, representing the South African national team at the World Triathlon Championships this weekend.

Danie aims to help the children of South Sudan through his participation at the World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, Amsterdam.

To DONATE to help Danie bless the children of South Sudan click here.

We pray for a very blessed time and that Danie’s dream of making a difference in the lives of South Sudanese children would be fulfilled.

Regular updates available on our blogs

The SSNet [Sudans Support Network] is just what the name implies…a SUPPORT NETWORK…for both Sudan and South Sudan. Many people is involved to bless and change both those nations. Because of what the SSNET does to make change happen is of such a variety in nature, we have created TWO blogs to help supporters follow and support these efforts.

Sudan and South Sudan News Updates

On this blog NEWS updates on Sudan and South Sudan are posted. This would allow you, the reader, insight into how the story of each nation unfolds and what we could do to help.

 

Here are links to some of the latest stories posted on this blog:

Aid workers in South Sudan blocked by government

South Sudan threatens to suspend UN mission’s air operations over dispute

Sudan warns of massive floods as Nile rises to record levels

 

People in Sudan’s capital are queuing again for bread 

The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries

 

The S4J Blog

The S4J Blog [Sudan4Jesus Blog] focus on the stories of athletes helping the people of Sudan and South Sudan through fundraising initiatives.

Here is the newest story published. The S4J team served athletes as a water-point during the Romans Pizza Phobians 15 km race.

S4J at Romans Pizza Phobians 15 km race

It was a cold, windy day. Yet hearts were warm at the Romans Pizza Phobians 15 km race. The S4J team had the privilege to serve athletes at a water-point at the 9 km mark. Here is some of the memories of this day. In the LINK to the article, more pics on the day is posted.

We trust that through the two blogs, new, potential and current supporters could be updated regularly.

Together we can make a greater impact. Changing lives and changing nations.

Sudans Prayer Focus – 10 to 13 Aug 2017

Theme: PRAY for the DESTINY of NATIONS

First of all, PRAY for Sudan and South Sudan;
but ALSO PRAY for the nation that you represent (from where you are).
To link to the events page, please click here.

As you commit to set aside a suitable time to PRAY for the Sudans during these 4 days, you’re encouraged to click on the GOING button, to encourage others that will pray too.

Hub for the 2017 Sudans Prayer Summit: Kasungu, Malawi.

Please join this prayer focus by setting aside some time to PRAY from WHEREVER you are.

Prayer Resources on Sudan and South Sudan:

(Please choose one or more that WORKS WELL FOR YOU).

  • Sudan Support Network [SSNET] at www.sudansupport.org
  • Sudan Prayer Guard, where you could pray for a new unreached people group every hour, at this link.
  • Sudan unreached people groups on Joshua Project at this link.
  • South Sudan unreached people groups on Joshua Project at this link.
  • Sudan and South Sudan News Updates BLOG at this link.
  • Sudan & South Sudan News Updates Facebook Page at this link.
  • 1040 windowreporter: Day 2 South Sudan & Sudan at this link.

Two links with a short prayer video:

Prayercast: Sudan 

Prayercast: South Sudan

Prayer Resources on Praying for the Destiny of Nations:

Click on the links below:

Archbishop of Canterbury declares Sudan new Anglican province

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (second left) and his wife Caroline meet with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (right) in Khartoum on July 30, 2017. Welby declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north. AFP PHOTO | ASHRAF SHAZLY

 

By AFP
KHARTOUM
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north.
The Anglican Church in Sudan, a majority Muslim country, has been administered from South Sudan since the 2011 split which followed a civil war that left more than two million people dead.
Sunday’s ceremony in Khartoum added Sudan to the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion’s 38 member churches — known as provinces — and six other branches known as extra provincials.
Welby said that creating a 39th Anglican province with its own Khartoum-based archbishop was a “new beginning” for Christians in Sudan.