Franklin Graham and Other Christian Leaders Call for Prayers for Sudan After Overthrow of Government as It Goes Through Political Crisis

The Rev. Franklin Graham and other Christian leaders are urging supporters to pray about the current political crisis in the African nation of Sudan.

The head of the charity group Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association took to his official Facebook page last Friday to comment on the developments.

Graham spoke about twice meeting with newly deposed Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. The first of the meetings involved asking the dictator “to stop bombing our Samaritan’s Purse hospital in the south during the war, which he did.”

“Tens of thousands of people died under his reign. Pray for the people of this war-plagued nation—and the churches there,” wrote Graham.

“It is my prayer that God will give them a new leader who is not associated with this former regime and who will lead Sudan to peace, safety, and prosperity for the people.”

Last Thursday, President al-Bashir, who had ruled Sudan as a dictator since 1989 and was charged with committing genocide in the Darfur region during the nation’s decades-long civil war, was overthrown following months of protests.

Amnesty International Secretary General Kumi Naidoo released a statement last Thursday celebrating the news of the removal of al-Bashir, saying that it should “serve as a wake-up call to leaders around the world who think they can get away with denying people their basic rights.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski