Sudan struggles to hold peace; Christian radio ministry trains peace-makers.

By January 26, 2007

Sudan (MNN) — With Sudan's peace accord tentatively holding, the South is experiencing what appears to be a 'boom.' But, there are undercurrents that threaten the region's stability.

The former US envoy to Sudan warns the governance deal could collapse because of the National Islami Front-controlled (known as the National Congress Party.) government led by President Omar al-Beshir.  The deal granted southern Sudan six years of self-rule. Following that period, there would be a referendum.

Words of Hope's Lee DeYoung, speaking from Sudan, says people are skeptical that the promises made would be promises kept. "Most of the people that we've talked to here would be likely expecting that when the six year trial period is up, that there appears to be greater sentiment to form their own country rather than to remain part of a unified Sudan which is governed in the capital in Khartoum."

DeYoung says the Sudanese church has grown very quickly, adding that, with the changes that could come, what they're doing is more important than ever. "Most of the time I'm spending here is in training of Sudanese pastors and evangelists that is related to the radio work and especially to the follow-up effort in which we try to partner with the churches
in helping to provide leadership training."

WOH opened a new studio on the border of Kenya and Sudan–from there, they broadcast the Gospel nightly in Dinka and Nuer. The safer locale places their team on the cusp of growth into Arab-speaking nations.

Their vision: "We hope to be able to continue broadcasting to them and also to offer training of various types currently offered at Lokichoggio, but we hope to open facilities inside southern Sudan over the course of years to come."

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