Younan Abdullah was tragically killed while standing up for the rights of our brothers and sisters in Sudan to worship freely. He intervened after police confronted fellow Christians who were protesting peacefully against the illegal sell-off of the Evangelical School of Sudan in Omdurman. Younan was fatally stabbed at the scene.
A three-day protest at the school ended on April 3rd when police arrested all the male protesters. Soon afterwards, an armed group of about 20 people arrived and began beating the women. Several men from the nearby Bahri Evangelical Church, including Younan, rushed to the aid of the assaulted women. Two of the men who came to the rescue were stabbed while police reportedly stood by and watched. Although Younan soon succumbed to his injuries, the other wounded rescuer, Ayoub Kumama, was hospitalized for treatment.
Among their attackers were members of an illegal committee the government had imposed on the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, whose leadership also oversees the Omdurman school. Committee members had been illegally selling off church properties to businessmen for "redevelopment." The man whom police arrested on suspicion of stabbing Younan is believed to be one of the illegal committee members. To learn more about the persecution of believers in Sudan, click here.
Ask the Lord to comfort Younan's brokenhearted widow and their two young children, as well as others of their family and community -- including those of their church family. Pray that each of them will experience His love, strength and peace in meaningful ways as they come to terms with their sudden loss and grief. Intercede for the individual(s) responsible for the stabbing of these two honourable Christian men, that they may be convicted of their wrong-doing and be led to experience sincere repentance, forgiveness and salvation. Pray for Ayoub's continued recovery and for the healing of all who have been injured and traumatized by the assaults. May God's justice and righteousness prevail, serving as their Advocate in the illegal takeover of the church's rightful property.