Sudan (MNN) — While U.S. President George W. Bush pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao to use his influence in the region to end the Darfur crisis, relative peace has come to Southern Sudan–an area where years of civil war decimated the region, leaving many without hope.
This new peace is allowing for an historic event to take place this weekend.
American Evangelist Sammy Tippit says, "The people of Southern Sudan have been just devastated by the Islamic government of the north. So freedom has come, to some extent. And for the first time in many, many years, they're going to be able to hold a very large outdoor evangelistic meeting."
We met up with Tippit in the airport on his way to the event where he'll be the key note speaker. He was invited by believers he worked with when he held evangelistic meetings in the north. "They were displaced at that time — away from their home — and now they've come back. And that's how I got invited. And so they're prepared because they know exactly what needs to be done to do the follow up."
Tippit believes the people are Southern Sudan are uniquely ready for the Gospel."When I go into an area that's been torn apart, the people are ready; they're open; they're hungry for the good news of the Gospel. So it'll be interesting to see."
The meetings that will be held through the weekend are being supported by all of the churches in the region.
Tippit is asking you to pray. "Pray that many, many people will come to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. We believe this is the greatest need in the country. As hearts are transformed, it will transform the people. It will transform the nation."