The Darb el Arba’in is an ancient trade route that runs from Darfur to the Nile valley and Egypt. Connecting a series of oases, it is called the Forty Days Road. Up to the end of the 19th century, it was one of the main routes to transport slaves and exotic goods. Its sinister reputation comes from the eye-catching white color of the numberless human and camel bones scattered all along the way, so much so that the road is indicated on maps with the words Track marked with white bones.
Jesus, You are the way.
We speak Your name over the Forty Days Road.
Father, Your Word is truth.
Send forth Your word along the Forty Days Road. It shall not return to You empty, but accomplish what You please.
Holy Spirit, You bring life.
Breathe on these bones, O Breath of God, and fill this land with hope and life.
God’s children in Sudan, whose hearts are thirsty and whose bones are dry, whose hope is lost and spirit cut off. You shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the date palms of the oases shall clap their hands. The sandsheet shall bring forth life, and the trade route shall be holy.
You shall be saved and cleansed by the sure mercies of Jesus. The Lord Almighty is Your God, and you are His people. You shall live under an everlasting covenant of peace, Amen.
Ezekiel 37, Isaiah 55