Guinea: Prayers Answered for Calm to Prevail

By an Alliance worker, serving in Guinea

The following is an adapted excerpt from of an e-mail of November 22, 2010, describing the situation in Guinea following widespread violence that occurred after presidential election results were announced November 15.  

Dear Praying Friends,

The situation has calmed down considerably since I last wrote. We are still under a state of emergency, with a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., but it is rare now to hear gunfire. Quite a few stores are open, but there are still a lot that are closed; the gas stations are open now too. A number of downtown businesses are open, but there aren’t a lot of people there to do business.

According to Guinea’s election commission (CENI), Alpha Condé received 52.5 percent and Cellou Dialen Diallo 47.5 percent of the provisional votes. We’re now waiting for the final results from the country’s Supreme Court, which must certify the election results before they become official. I’ve heard that this could take place between November 26 and December 2.

We do not know what will happen when the final results are released and the state of emergency is lifted. Hopefully, people will forgive each other and seek reconciliation. We really need the love of Jesus here to bring people back together!

In the meantime, we’ve [the Alliance team in Guinea] had a good prayer retreat these past few days (November 18-21).This was scheduled a long time ago, but it was good timing for us to pray for the country!

What You Can Do

Pray for calm to prevail in Guinea after the Supreme Court certifies the presidential election results. Pray also for believers in Guinea—including Alliance workers and the church community—to display the love of Jesus and help bring reconciliation to this divided West African nation.

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