Since early September, Christian children are being denied food in Sudan's refugee camps unless they recite Islamic prayers. A mission aid worker at the camp reports: "The majority (of children) are left in camps, some in a very terrible situation. They are confined in those places. Thus, they are given the choice to starve or they are conditioned to say Islamic prayers before (being) given food. This is not right. These children are Christian. They should be respected for that."
Since the outbreak of the 2013 civil war in South Sudan, over 700,000 refugees were driven north into Sudan, and almost one million more have fled south across Uganda's open borders. As a result, many of these refugees -- most of whom are Christians -- have experienced additional hardships at the hands of Islamic militants who have taken advantage of their vulnerable situation.
In addition, the government of Sudan continues to sabotage the Christian church and aid organizations in their attempts to efficiently assist these South Sudanese Christian refugees. Sudan has repeatedly, wantonly, and willfully carried out a discriminatory strategy to hamper the Christian church and religious charitable efforts through the re-zoning, confiscation and destruction of their properties. To learn more about Sudan and the challenges experienced by the followers of Christ in this country, click here.
In the midst of these hardships, pray that the light of hope that's burning within the hearts of the refugee children will continue to shine brightly for all to see -- revealing the reality of the Risen Christ to many -- including those who oppose Christianity. May these children and their families not only receive nourishment for their physical health and well-being, but also opportunities to feed daily on the Word of God (Matthew 4:4) so they can grow strong and healthy spiritually. Pray that as they rely on the Lord for His provision and guidance, He will work wonders in their midst so they can partake of His goodness and loving kindness, without any obstacles or hindrance, through the charitable efforts of others who are serving as His caring hands and feet.