Pompeo leaves on first direct flight from Israel to Sudan

TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed from Israel Tuesday morning, following a series of meetings with high-level Israeli leaders.

Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, followed by meetings with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz.

The Secretary of State is slated to visit Sudan, where he will meet with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sovereign Council Chairman Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Burhan. Tuesday’s flight to Khartoum is the first official direct flight from Israel to Sudan.

An official who greeted Pompeo as he boarded the flight said “You are now on a historic flight.”

Pompeo will also visit Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, where he will meet with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285875

Secretary of State Pompeo tweeted : ‘ Happy to announce that we are on the FIRST official NONSTOP flight from Israel to Sudan! ‘

Sudan:: Hamdok – 40 Percent of Sudanese Economy ‘Sabotaged By Smuggling’

Khartoum — On Thursday, (August, 20), the rate of the Sudanese Pound on the Khartoum parallel market fell to its lowest level. According to Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, the biggest threat to the country’s economy is the widespread smuggling of goods, in particular gold.

The Pound reached 170 against the US Dollar on Thursday, amid concerns that the forex rates on the parallel market will continue to rise in the coming days.

After investigations into the forex and gold trade, a number of people have been arrested, the Ministry of Finance reported in a statement on Thursday.

The devaluation of the Pound against foreign currencies is “an act of organised sabotage against the economy” of Sudan, the Ministry stated. It accused “elements of the former regime” of pumping large amounts of, often forged, Sudanese banknotes into the country, by buying hard currency and gold at high prices, with the aim of sabotaging the economy.

Smuggling

On Friday, PM Abdallah Hamdok said that the biggest threat to the Sudanese economy is the widespread smuggling of goods in the country, which covers about 40 percent of the country’s economy.

He said in an interview with Radio Omdurman that the Emergency Committee set up by the government to fight smuggling operations has succeeded, in a short period of time, in curbing the smuggling in gold. Because of these actions, Sudan has been able to export four tons of gold recently.

Hamdok described the rise in the forex rates and gold prices during the past two days, as “systematic and economically unjustified sabotage operations.

“It is inconceivable that people buy gold for more than 10 per cent of the international price,” he said.

Gold export regulated

For years, the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) was the sole institution legally allowed to trade in gold. The bank that had a monopoly on exports, bought gold in Sudan at fixed prices at collection sites in the country, which led to illegal trade. In January, Sudan decided to permit private traders to export gold, in a bid to stop the recurrent smuggling of gold, and to attract foreign currency.

Six months later, Sudan started to export gold in a regulated way, after a gold stock market was established in May to level the price of the precious metal in the country with the international tariff.

The Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported on Wednesday that the High Committee for Economic Emergencies decided to form a mechanism to monitor the production, transport, sale, and export of gold. Measures have been taken as well to combat gold smuggling via Khartoum International Airport.

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https://allafrica.com/stories/202008240443.html

US Top Diplomat Pompeo Visiting Sudan

By Nike Ching August 25, 2020 12:16 AM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Sudan on Tuesday as the Trump administration pushes for Arab nations to normalize ties with Israel. 

Pompeo’s schedule includes meetings with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sovereign Council Chair General Abdel Fattah el-Burhan. 

In addition to Sudan-Israel relations, the State Department says Pompeo will also discuss “continued U.S. support for the civilian-led transitional government” in Sudan. 

Hamdok became prime minister last August after the military ousted president Omar al-Bashir following months of mounting protests against his 30-year rule. 

Pompeo began his trip Monday in Israel where he said the United States will ensure Israel’s military advantage in the Middle East under any potential U.S. arms deals with the United Arab Emirates.    

“The United States has a legal requirement with respect to qualitative military edge.  We will continue to honor that,” said Pompeo after his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus after they make joint statements to the press, in Jerusalem, Aug. 24, 2020.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus after they make joint statements to the press, in Jerusalem, Aug. 24, 2020.

“But we have a 20-plus year security relationship with the United Arab Emirates as well, where we have provided them with technical assistance and military assistance,” he added.       

The top U.S. diplomat’s trip to the Middle East comes after Washington helped broker the Israel-UAE deal earlier this month, a pact that Netanyahu said heralds a new era for the region.     

But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal is a “betrayal” of Palestinians.  The Israel-UAE deal is seen as breaking a tradition among most Arab countries not to make peace with Israel until Israel and the Palestinians make peace.    

Pompeo is also traveling to Bahrain, UAE and Sudan from August 23-28, with Iran, regional security issues, and “establishing and deepening Israel’s relationships in the region” high on the agenda.    

The U.S. and Israel are hopeful that other Arab nations will follow the UAE in normalizing relations with Israel.  

“We discussed this and I hope we’ll have good news in the future, maybe in the near future,” said Netanyahu on Monday.    

Bahrain and Oman are seen as the next Gulf countries to establish diplomatic ties with Israel.  

Monday, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab renewed a call for a dialogue between governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  

“Israel’s suspension of annexation is an essential step towards a more peaceful Middle East. It is important to build on this new dynamic, and ultimately only the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority can negotiate the two state solution required to secure lasting peace,” said Raab in a statement.  

Raab met with Pompeo on Monday in Jerusalem and is set to meet with Netanyahu and Abbas this week.   

Netanyahu has praised the Trump administration for its efforts to initiate a return of the international sanctions against Iran that were lifted under the 2015 agreement restricting the country’s nuclear program.      

The United States withdrew from the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and other signatories, including Britain, France and Germany, said because the U.S. walked away they could not support its sanctions action. 

https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-top-diplomat-pompeo-visiting-sudan

Reflections on the 2020 Sudans Prayer Summit

The 2020 Sudans Prayer Summit that took place from 6 to 8 August 2020 was hugely blessed. It was an online prayer summit amongst many with a heart and passion for God’s kingdom among the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

Some reflections from the summit:

Reflection one, by Amanda:

Here are my thoughts on the prayer summit:

What a wonderful time this was to virtually gather with people across the globe who share a common heart: a heart for the Gospel and a heart for Sudan.

If the entire Summit had to be boiled down to one word, that word would be Opportunity.

We were given:

  • opportunity to praise our Creator and Savior,
  • opportunity to pray on behalf of the people of Sudan and South Sudan, and
  • multiple opportunities to connect with others whom God is using in His big vision for Sudan!

Getting to help facilitate a session of focused prayer concerning the diaspora was a highlight.

To hear brothers and sisters I’ve never met pray similar prayers to those God has shown my heart and mind was an incredible encouragement.

God displayed in mighty ways how He works through His bride.

I am thankful I was able to take part.

I look forward to continuing steps that have already been put into place with others who were in attendance, and I look forward to the next prayer summit!

-Amanda

Reflection two, by Norman:

The GIFT of having the 2020 Sudans Prayer Summit

There was a place with an address and a program made available at an easily accessible spot at a one-stop-shop. All of this was online.

There were the gifts of:

  • People through which the Holy Spirit helped to put all of this together.
  • A readily available, reliable online facility with a team to facilitate the use of it.
  • A team of about 20 facilitators available taking responsibility for each facilitating some part of the process.
  • Time set aside by so many for this to happen.
  • So many people from such a variety of specific interests, coming together online.
  • In all respects: WAY more than expected.
  • Ephesians 3:20 and 21 comes to mind.

Nobody will know:

  • Everybody who connected.
  • All that was presented and prayed for.

Reflection three, by Diane C.

I truly enjoyed gathering together with people from all over to learn and pray about unreached people, specifically in the Sudans. It was very educational and eye-opening. It gave me a chance to also ask questions. I definitely know better how to pray, and what to pray for concerning the Sudans, and workers, and unreached people groups. It was very well organized. I’m glad I had the chance to participate. 

Reflection four, by Mark B:

Thanks for all the work that went into organizing the event. Very much appreciated!

I really like the time focused on prayer.

Was also great to connect with others who are engaged in ministry in Sudan and South Sudan, and to hear their hearts and calling.

Would have liked if more Sudanese could have participated, though understand the particular technical challenge involved.

In Summary, I think it is vital that we continue to connect in prayer for the Sudans… until God moves and opens doors.

So again, thank you!

Reflection 5, forward action by Mark G:

We thank the Lord for the wonderful participation of everyone in the Prayer Summit during August 6-8. It was a joy to be able to have the time to present to the Lord in prayer the many goals and aspirations we have for the nation of Sudan. We feel the Lord wants to take us on a journey to discover more of His great plans for revival for the nation of Sudan. He wants to give us His plans for this great end-time harvest and how to obtain the keys for releasing it to all the people groups in the nation. Let’s talk about something that we believe will be a SEGWAY into the next steps. To segway into something is to smoothly make a transition without interruption from one activity into the next. This is the plan.

For the six Fridays beginning on August 28, continuing on all the Fridays of September 4, 11, 18 and 25, and finishing on Friday October 2 we would like to meet for two hours from 4-6 pm Sudan time. At 6 pm we will join the regular weekly time of prayer for Sudan. The purpose for these two hours each week is to “Abide in Christ”. It is part of the world wide 10/10 initiative to see ten percent of the Muslim world come to know Christ in the ten years from 2018 to 2028. Here is the website explaining some of the activities that we’ll be involved in during these times: https://1010prayerandfasting.com/ways-to-engage-40-days/?doing_wp_cron=1597337020.6730549335479736328125

The power to serve the Lord comes from a revelation of the personal love of Christ for each one of us as is expressed in John 15:9 “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. 10……. for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love.” (TPT)

The Zoom room number is: 776 243 551 with the passcode: prayshield.

See you then.


Reflection 6, by Leif:

I think the prayer summit was great. We got to know each other much better. There was space to listen to the Lord and each other. I missed however our Sudanese brothers and sisters. Maybe we need to look for a different setup to engage them in a prayer summit like this? 

Thanks brother for this initiative.

Leif

Abide in Christ

Day 5 of 52 of Decisive Action for God’s kingdom in the Sudans

We thank the Lord for the wonderful participation of everyone in the Prayer Summit during August 6-8. It was a joy to be able to have the time to present to the Lord in prayer the many goals and aspirations we have for the nation of Sudan.

We feel the Lord wants to take us on a journey to discover more of His great plans for revival for the nation of Sudan. He wants to give us His plans for this great end-time harvest and how to obtain the keys for releasing it to all the people groups in the nation. Let’s talk about something that we believe will be a SEGWAY into the next steps. To segway into something is to smoothly make a transition without interruption from one activity into the next. This is the plan.

For the six Fridays beginning on August 28, continuing on all the Fridays of September 4, 11, 18, and 25, and finishing on Friday, October 2nd we would like to meet for two hours from 4-6 PM Sudan time. At 6 pm we will join the regular weekly time of prayer for Sudan. The purpose for these two hours each week is to “Abide in Christ”. It is part of the world wide 10/10 initiative to see ten percent of the Muslim world come to know Christ in the ten years from 2018 to 2028.

Here is the website explaining some of the activities that we’ll be involved in during these times: https://1010prayerandfasting.com/ways-to-engage-40-days/?doing_wp_cron=1597337020.6730549335479736328125

The power to serve the Lord comes from a revelation of the personal love of Christ for each one of us as is expressed in John 15:9 “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts. 10……. for I continually live nourished and empowered by his love.” (TPT)

The Zoom room number is 776 243 551 with the passcode: prayshield.

See you then,

Mark and Norman

Pray for the Nuba Mountains (2)

From prayer partners at A Good Sudan came the following call to prayer for the people and situation of the Nuba Mountains of Sudan:

PRAYERS ARE BEING ANSWERED!- Let us continue this battle!

Remember about two months ago when we sent out a call to intercessors because there were reports of ethnic cleansing coming out of the West Nuba mountains near Kadugli? To refresh your memory, look for the CALL TO INTERCESSORS with the same picture as above. The good news is the world is starting to take notice. Some justice groups are starting to cry out. News agencies like Alzazera are putting out articles like THIS and THIS. It is no longer a secret….

But it is continuing. You see, there is a historic tension between Nuba and Arab [people groups] such as the Baggara in South Kordofan. The Arabs are trying to provoke Nuba people by crossing into some places where Nuba is farming. Last week we lost one of the Church elders, who was shot while he was on his farm and last Friday there was fighting between Nuba farmers and Baggara Arabs. All these are happening in places under SPLA controlled areas, which is clearly violating the ceasefire declaration and [designed] to insult and provoke Nuba people.

Please pray. ALSO, click the Comment option and share how God leads you to pray over this ticking time bomb. We can then get a more clear understanding of God’s heart by what He asks each of us to pray.

Where to start? Some starters might be:

> Pray the Nuba people will not take the bait and cross a “line.”

> Pray that those in the Sudanese government will take this as a serious issue that could derail their attempt to remove trade restrictions with the US and other Western countries. If they see what is happening as a barrier to economic stability, they may take it more seriously.

> Pray for favor for the Nuba voice to be heard in both Khartoum and on a more global level.

> Pray that favor leads to ACTION to remove RSS troups with past Janjaweed (they are the ones credited with the Darfur Genocide) from the Nuba and Darfur areas.

Pray for the Nuba Mountains (1)

Day 4 of 52 of Decisive Action for God’s kingdom in the Sudans

The school in Heiban

We’ve received a message from our friend John Jefferson, asking for prayer for the Nuba Mountains. After having prayed for the people of the Nuba Mountains regularly during the past, the urgency of prayer for them is just ever-growing. Right now there are a CRITICAL need to pray for them and to saturate the people of the Nuba Mountains in prayer. Here’s the message:

Friends of GNAC and Prayer Networks,

This is an unprecedented time in our history as people, especially believers.  Some think our sojourn as “the church” is almost over.  Some believe worse times are ahead of us.  Others have accepted the new normal and are perhaps being conformed instead of transformed.  Whatever the approach we are taking, we have to remember God is in control, Jesus is still Lord, “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever”. 1 John 2:17  I would appreciate it if you could offer up prayers according to His will being done for the people of Nuba.  (Some of these came in after our Prayer Summit this past week)

Prayer Requests

The Current Conflicts Going on in Nuba

I want to bring this to your attention that there is tension between Nuba and Arab [people groups] in South Kordofan. The Arabs are trying to provoke Nuba people by crossing into some places where Nuba are farming.  Last week we lost one of the Church elders, who was shot while he was on his farm and last Friday there was fighting between Nuba farmers and Baggara Arabs. All these are happening in places under SPLA controlled areas, which is clearly violating the ceasefire declaration and [designed] to insult and provoke Nuba people.  

Pray that such actions will not lead to war again between Nuba and Baggara in South Kordofan. Pray for the committee formed to address this issue and that God will give us the wisdom to be able to deal with such conflicts wisely. I am representing the New Sudan Council of Churches in the Nuba Mountains.

Thank you so much to all of you who are praying for Nuba people.

May God continue to bless you.

Newly Trained Teachers Ready to Serve

We have currently 51 teachers who are undergoing training in Nuba mountains. The educational situation in Nuba Mts needs prayer, there are no trained teachers, few and poorly constructed schools, and no proper curriculum sets.  We hope things will get better through collective prayers

These [candidates] are collected from different schools all over Nuba Mts and the Blue Nile. They will be sent to different schools in Nuba Mts.

[and some Blue Nile locations]

They are Christians and Muslim’s taught by Christian teachers from Emmanuel Christian College. Graduation was to be on December this year but because of corona we are behind the schedule so it might push to January or February 

Meeting the Physical and Spiritual Needs of the Nuba

Pray for Dr. Tom, a doctor who has faithfully served for over a decade and remains in the one major hospital in Nuba with all the clinical, administrative, and funding responsibilities on his shoulders.

 The church:

– Pray for unity and grace between denominations

– Pray for the youth who have passion and fresh vision. May they be welcomed to bring their giftings to the body.

– Pray for the bible school in Heiban. May harvesters be well trained for the work of the ministry.

Medical sphere:

– Pray for training schools in Nuba that would adequately equip Nuba people to provide equality health care. Mother of Mercy hospital will be working to set up a new training school in 2021, pray for grace and guidance from the

– Pray for well-founded community-based projects to provide links between tertiary level hospital care.

– pray for those at the frontline. Particularly Dr. Tom who is dally carrying a huge burden and has administrative duties as well as clinical duties                                                

Children:

– Pray for children to be nurtured and nourished well physically and spiritually.

– Pray that children would be protected from evil and grow up knowing the love of their heavenly Father

– Pray for people to bring discipleship to children

Education:

– Give thanks for all those that have held up the education sphere with very little income over the years of conflict.

– Pray for teacher training initiatives throughout the mountains to equip teachers with innovative and effective ways of teaching despite minimal resources.

– Pray for resources for teachers.

– Pray for the students who are in limbo uncertain what is happening with education for the rest of this year.       

May the Lord Bless and Keep You,

John         

John Jefferson

Greater Nuba Actsion Coalition

www.gnac4nuba.com

@gnac4nuba

Skype – Strobetrotter

Getting God’s Word to the Sudans

Day 3 of 52 of Decisive Action for God’s kingdom in the Sudans

The Bible has many references to the Sudans (Cush). Yet many Sudanese and South Sudanese have no access to the Bible today. Because there are many people in what could be described as predominantly oral communities, the Bible comes in many forms. For those who long for a Bible in a language that makes the

Joy to receive the Word of God in various forms in the Sudans.

There is a massive hunger for the Word of God in Sudan and South Sudan. On 15 August, you can make an impact! Run/walk for Bibles.
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Yvette Barrett of the ACE running club not only entered her and her husband for the S4J Bibles for Sudan fundraiser, through her sharing the vision, but her running club is also in the lead as of 13 August 2020 with the most entries for the Bible project/

It will only take R5 to sponsor a New Testament and R16 to sponsor a complete Bible. The Sudan 4 Jesus ministry (S4J) wants to partner with others to print, send and deliver 60,000 New Testaments and 10,000 complete Bibles to the people of Sudan and South Sudan.
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Run/walk a 5 or 10 km or do a 1-hour fitness activity. Due to current Covid regulations, each participant will have to walk/run at a location of your choice. You can exercise at home or walk/run in your own neighbourhood or in a park or reserve that is currently open. Get a friend or family member to join you and enjoy a fun day out in nature.

Judi Smit has entered SIX people to the Walk/run/exercise for Bibles. Go, Delmas! Giving glory to God from the town fo Delmas.

Read more about the Bibles for the Sudans project on the S4J blog. Click here .

Alzena Gomez is not only a Comrades Marathon finisher (the 89 km /55 mile race), but she has entered for the Run for Bibles of 15 August 2020.
S4J Bible partner, Bibles for Africa, printing and delivering tens of thousands of Bibles to the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

Be Ready for Spiritual Battle

Day 2 of 52 of Decisive Action for God’s kingdom in the Sudans

God through a close connection revealed some critical aspects of spiritual battle. Here are the title and link to that:

Carole Ward || 10 Cities Conference 2018 || Kingdom Culture

Clearly this is NOT your sixty seconds devotion for the day. This would teach you more about how to battle with and through the LORD in God’s kingdom.

The teaching and testimonies are by Carole Ward from real life and death battles in among other the nation of South Sudan.

Carole Ward is involved in nations like South Sudan as part of the Favor International organization. Favor is a Christian organization, committed to going into all the world and proclaim the Good News of Christ’s redemptive power to the nations as commanded in (Mark 16:15). It is our greatest desire to offer our love to all humans created in the image of God, especially the children, those in need, and the hurting wherever they may be, through spiritual, emotional, and economic transformation.

A Call to 52 Days Decisive Action for the Sudans

Day 1 of 52 of Decisive Action for God’s kingdom in the Sudans

The Sudan Support Network (SSNet) calls believers in Christ from all nations, both inside and outside Sudan and South Sudan, to 52 Days of Decisive Action from August 10 to September 30, 2020, to build God’s kingdom in Sudan and South Sudan, and among its diaspora and IPDs (Internally Displaced Peoples) wherever they are from around the world.

Some guidelines:

  1. Make very sure it’s God calling and not just your own idea. Discern!
  2. Saturate it in prayer.
  3. Study how in the time of Nehemiah the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt in just 52 days. Learn from that.
  4. As with the first miracle of Jesus performed on earth, by turning water into wine, do whatever God tells you to do.
  5. We’ve just had the 2020 Sudans Prayer Summit from August 6 to 8, 2020. We believe the spiritual ground is prepared to see and experience many miracles during these 52 Days of Decisive Action.
  6. If you are lead to share the testimonies to glorify God, the www.sudansnewsupdates.org blog might be one such option. If you choose to make use of that, write to norman@sudansupport.org  to share stories and pictures.

Praying that God would bless the Body of Christ, the believers, wherever they are to take hands in the Spirit to accomplish this vision.