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Pray for the President’s Special Envoy to Darfur

Posted by thelamp on September 28, 2006

Last week, President Bush spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. During his address, the president announced that he was naming a special envoy to lead America’s efforts to resolve the outstanding disputes and help bring peace to the troubled African nation of Sudan.

Andrew Natsios, former head of the U.S. foreign aid agency has been tasked with the responsibility. He’s no stranger to the region. Natsios visited Darfur in 2003 to learn more about the area’s developing humanitarian crisis. This truly is a situation that calls for experience in diffusing unspeakable violence.

The suffering has not subsided for the past two years, and the atrocities perpetrated on God’s people amount to genocide. America joined with the international community to provide emergency food aid and support for an African Union peacekeeping force. But Christians can take little comfort in those good deeds because the bloody anguish continues.

“The violence in Darfur is getting worse,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, whose ministries have helped to provide liberation for nearly 20,000 abducted Sudanese men, women and children. “It’s time for the world to act courageously and give the African Union force the strength it needs to protect the people of Darfur. Appointing a special envoy demonstrates the conviction of our pledge to help.”

Click here to send an e-mail to President Bush thanking him for appointing a special envoy to Darfur.

Andrew Natsios won’t have an easy job. Hundreds of thousands of Darfurians have died since 2003, and more than 2 million have been uprooted from their homes.

Natsios’ mandate will be to persuade the Sudanese government to accept 20,000 U.N. peacekeepers and police to help stabilize the situation in Darfur, which President Omar al-Bashir’s government in Khartoum has refused to do. An under-funded African Union force of 7,000 currently is on duty in Darfur.

For the sake of a nation, CMC members are urged to pray that Natsios is successful in his mission to bring peace to Darfur.


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