PRAYERS FOR THE HEALING OF SOUTH SUDAN (P.U.S.H.)
Every month, a group of South Sudanese refugees gather at a crumbling, one-story church in Arua, Uganda for the Prayers for the Healing of South Sudan (P.U.S.H.) service.
Through prayer, sermons, music and healing ceremonies, members of the congregation pray to God for forgiveness in hopes that their holy calls will allow them to return to their homes in South Sudan someday.
Many in the congregation believe the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, which has displaced more than 3 million people, is God’s punishment for “disobeying” and “forgetting” him during during more prosperous times.
"Our brain cannot rest, our heart cannot rest, our mind cannot rest.
We have to sing so that God can hear us and forgive us."
“Money and riches have taken us far away from our Lord. We have broken our relationship with our God."
"There’s no peace. What we sowed is what we are reaping now.”
Members of PU.S.H. sing traditional South Sudanese songs of displacement over the beat of traditional, animal-skin drums.
Along with singing, prayer and music, P.U.S.H. ministers also perform healings on members of the congregation.
For many, these healings are a physical, mental and spiritual experience that brings a sense of peace to those facing the trauma of displacement and war.