WindoWatchman: South Sudan
Republic of South SudanLeader: President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Population: 7.5-9.7 million (UN estimate, 2006)
Area: 619,745 sq km (239,285 sq miles)
Major languages: English and Arabic are the official languages; Juba Arabic and Dinka are among the other languages spoken in South Sudan
Major religions: Traditional religions, Christianity
On July 9, 2011, the ten southern most states of Sudan gained independence from Sudan to become the world's newest nation.
South Sudan is made up of grasslands, swamps, and tropical rainforests. Many people groups call South Sudan home. The largest ethnic groups here are the Dinka, Nuer, and Shilluk. Even though the people of South Sudan follow traditional religions, there is also a flourishing community of Christian Believers.
Formerly, the people depended on subsistence farming, however, since they seceded from Sudan they have within their control large quantities of oil reserves. In spite of the oil wealth South Sudan remains one of the least-developed countries in Africa.
Oil reserves in South Sudan continue to be the "bone of contention" with their neighbor to the north, Sudan. However, in March 2013, Sudan and South Sudan reached an agreement that would provide for Sudan to resume pumping South Sudanese oil in May. It also created a demilitarized border zone. This precarious peace is constantly threatened by tribal rivalry and border conflict.
Pray for Christian Believers in South Sudan, pray for their protection against forces that threaten to destroy them (The Bible, Psalm 91:1-3).
Pray for the South Sudanese Believers to share the Gospel with those around them (The Bible, Galatians 6:9).
Pray for God's peace to descend on this troubled region. Pray that the vast potential of the oil reserves will help improve South Sudan (The Bible, Philippians 4:7).
Pray for the different tribes to live in peace with each other. Pray for the Church to be the vehicle of faith, love, hope, economic development, and tribal reconciliation (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:16).
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