New York, NY - December 23, 2013
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), a global association of 7 regional and 129 national alliances of evangelical churches representing some 600 million evangelical Christians, issued a special plea to leaders in South Sudan to seek peace and reconciliation for the sake of their people and young nation.
"At a time when the world prepares to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we call on the leaders and soldiers in South Sudan to honor Christ through an immediate ceasefire and opening of dialogue," said Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the WEA. "Our hope and prayer is that the youngest nation in the world will become an example to others by heeding the call in Psalms to turn from evil and do good, to seek peace and pursue it."
Along with South Sudanese churches that are a part of the WEA, numerous other churches affiliated with the WEA have a mission presence in South Sudan. The WEA has joined other Christian organizations and world leaders in asking for an immediate ceasefire, guarantee of free movement to UN, NGO, and mission teams seeking to provide humanitarian assistance, and the opening of dialogue between the different sides in this conflict.
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.