Juba — Christians of the new born South Sudan are urged to pray for the leadership of the country as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ for the second time in an independent nation.
Over ten thousand Christians assembled at the Presbytery Church of Nuer speaking congregation in Juba to celebrate Christmas (ST)
Over ten thousand and two hundred Christians turned up on Tuesday morning of December 25 in the compound of the Presbytery Church in Juba to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ whom they believe is the God's Messiah.
The event also provided an opportunity to deliver thanksgiving messages to God for freeing the people of South Sudan after decades of war with the present Sudan and to encourage the leadership to lead the nation to internal peace and prosperity.
Addressing the faithful on Tuesday the pastor in charge of the Nuer speaking congregation, Reverend Paul Ruot Khor, urged the Christians across the new country to pray for the leadership so that under God's guidance they can continue to lead the country to prosperity with justice and honesty.
Reverend Ruot further reminded the biggest Presbytery Church congregation in the capital that there was need for the country to gain more than the political independence it just attained and should work towards achieving peace and prosperity in freedom.
He urged the leaders to emulate the good teachings of Christ and avoid practices which can invite unwanted setbacks in the country.
The minister of Justice, John Luk Jok, who also represented the government during the occasion appealed for consolidation of peace and unity among the people and avoid tribalism and injustices.
He said the people of South Sudan had suffered from the decades of war against oppression and should therefore deserve freedom, justice and prosperity in their new nation.
The justice minister decried any attempt by authorities to snatch the freedom from the people through intimidation, torture or murder in order to silence their voices and stop them from expressing their opinions about how they think the new nation should be governed.