Wow! On December 31, Lent & Beyond received a request for prayers of protection for Bishop Justin Badi of Maridi, Sudan because the LRA was advancing on them. Even after the LRA had moved past Maridi, we felt called to continue praying for the defeat of this vile group. All you wonderful intercessors have participated in two simultaneous prayer campaigns–for the defeat of the LRA and for the upcoming primates meeting–without complaint. If this report turns out to be indeed true . . .
Ugandan news reports that Okot Odhiambo, second-in-command of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), contacted the International Organization for Migration to announce his defection. The Ugandan army said military pressure from the three armies had started yielding results and that the surrender would weaken the LRA military command and its scattered forces.
One hundred people have been found dead in northeast Congo. Also reported is the rescue of 90 Congolese abductees tied to each other on ropes like the old slave traders used to do.
The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:4-6
How gracious You are, dear Father. Precious Savior. Sweet, sweet Spirit. Holy is Your name. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.