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Small world: Sudanese church prays for Japan earthquake victims

Leaders of Churches of Christ in southern Sudan and northern Uganda gather at the Parajok Church of Christ for training. (photo by Erik Tryggestad)

Blogging live from Juba, Sudan
I was in Parajok, a rural community in South Sudan, when I heard about the earthquake in Japan through a short-wave radio broadcast.
The Parajok Church of Christ, which meets under the shade of a blue United Nations tarp and thatch, said a special prayer for the victims of the quake.
I’m in South Sudan’s soon-to-be capital, Juba, now.
Joel Osborne, mentioned in this Christian Chronicle post, has been getting a lot of requests from people who want to go to Japan and help. He offers some good advice on his Facebook page:

For those wanting to come, it is not possible yet. The government has shut down those areas so it is impossible. Plus, while your desire is appreciated, you bring extra taxing on limited resources at this time – food, energy etc. There are people here to start.
Consider donating what you would spend on travel to help us have the money and supplies. Work with the organizations who can help send you because we cannot manage that. Plan to come further along in a few months – trust me, there will still be much to do at that time.

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Other Japan earthquake coverage:
– Facebook group focuses on prayer, relief for Japan earthquake victims
– Christian relief organizations prepare to respond to Japan disaster
– Prayers needed for ‘quite desperate’ situation in Japan, former missionary says
– Video: Japanese students at Oklahoma Christian University heading home soon

  • Feedback
    We are praying for you our Sisters and Brothers in Japan.
    March, 16 2011

    We are praying for the Japanese people in their distress!!
    John Jansen
    March, 17 2011

    bless the hearts of those in trial. bless those who can give during this time. i am praying for the time of gates to open, to those who have hands and feet and can gift rebuiding and such. xo prayers and blessings! xo dee
    March, 21 2011

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