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Guard’s wife and their three children. (Morning Star News)
Guard's wife and their three children
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Three weeks after an elder was killed in an attack on church property in Sudan's historical city of Omdurman, a mob accompanied by police ransacked the living quarters of the compound guard and arrested his family.

On April 24th, the mob demolished part of the room where the family lived, after first destroying its padlock at the compound of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. The officers then took Mona Matta, wife of guard Azhari Tambra (who was not home at the time of the attack), and their three children -- ages six, four and two -- from their room at the church compound and detained them for 12 hours.

When Mona and the children, including one who is disabled, were taken away in a police van, they were accused of opposing authorities, lacking ownership papers, and betrayal of the country. Thankfully, they were later released with no charges filed against them. However, upon their return home, it was discovered that all their belongings had been destroyed. Officers then prevented them from re-entering their living quarters. The guard and his family are unsure where they will now take shelter.

While thankful for the release of Azhari's family from detainment, and the fact that no charges have been laid against them, we ask the Lord to provide a safe place for them to live. In fact, may He supply for this family's spiritual and practical needs in ways that exceed their expectations (Ephesians 3:20), demonstrating His loving kindness toward them. Pray that wisdom, patience and peace will be granted to Sudan's church leaders and members as they face the attempts of those trying to illegally confiscate church properties. Intercede on their behalf, asking for an end to the mounting pressure and that the Lord's justice will prevail.

Country Information

Population
46,751,152 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Sudanese Arab (70), Fur, Beja, Nuba and Fallata (30)

Religion
Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

Leader
President (vacant)
Military transitional council under General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic law and English common law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Sudan

Pray that Christians throughout Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ and preach the Gospel boldly, knowing Jesus is the ruler over the kings of the earth (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation 1:5).

Pray also that peace, justice and religious freedom may be firmly established.

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