Today we remember the Martyrs of Sudan. Thanks to Josh and
I take no credit for this post. It is the least I can do for "the work of the Lord."
Awer Bul, one of the Lost Boys: The Martyrs of Sudan. In the 19th century British imperialists divided Sudan into the Muslim North and the Christian South, forbidding any Christian missionary work north of an arbitrary line – and polarizing the country by religion. Independence from Britain came in 1956, with decades of civil war soon following. Millions of Christians were killed, displaced or forced into exile. In 2011 a peace treaty made South Sudan independent, but peace is still far away. (Juba Cathedral)
Collect of the Day: The Martyrs of the Sudan
O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: As the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, may we, too, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This video is a little long, but if you are like me, it will convict you of the work we have ahead of us... to be "steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ."