Prayer and Fasting for Darfur

 Ten Years since the Darfuri People Were Exiled

John and Kathleen Goldingay invite you to join in a fast for Darfur, to back up prayer for its people. We want to make a clamor that heaven cannot miss in urging God to take action to end the wrong done to this people. The fast will involve eating only what the refugees eat, for 24 hours each week, and praying.

 You can find info on the typical Darfur rations and on the official fast at http://www.iactivism.org/100-day-fast-darfur. For ourselves we are making it a fast associated with prayer for Darfur. The heart of the prayer will be praying the Old Testament prayers in Lamentations and Psalms on behalf of the Darfuri people.

We’ll begin the fast on the evening of Thursday April 11 at 6 p.m. At the end of that 24-hour period, at 6 p.m. on Friday April 12, we’ll have a half-hour meeting for prayer at which we’ll begin reading Lamentations . The meeting will be at St Barnabas Church, 1062 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA (the church parking lot is at the back, entered from the alley).

 John and Kathleen will follow this pattern in their own life each subsequent Thursday/Friday. We won’t meet with people each week, but it will be great if you are able to join us in fasting and prayer at a distance. We’ll continue until July 4-5th (you may adapt things for Independence-tide!).

As these weeks draw to an end, we invite people to a celebratory breaking of the fast with a barbecue on the evening of Friday July 5th at 6 p.m., at our house.  (We’re beginning a week later than the official fast and stopping a week before it ends.) There’s no need to say that you are coming or not coming for the initial evening—just show up. But if you’re coming for the break-fast, let us know!

Here are the prayers for each week. Of course they don’t exactly fit the circumstances of the Darfuri people. For instance, some speak of sin, when the plight of the Darfuri issues from the sin of others not from their own sin. So those elements in the prayers we could use to acknowledge our sin as nations who have let this event happen and let the situation persist.

April 12 Lamentations 1

April 19 Lamentations 2

April 26 Lamentations 3

May 3 Lamentations 4

May 10 Lamentations 5

May 17 Psalms 3 and 4

May 24 Psalms 5 and 6

May 31 Psalms 9 and 10

June 7 Psalms 12 and 13

June 14 Psalms 16 and 17

June 21 Psalms 22 and 23

June 28 Psalms 25 and 26

July 5 Psalms 27 and 28

John Goldingay and Kathleen Scott Goldingay