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The church guard's family
Photo: Middle East Concern

On February 8th, a court fined seven Christians between 2,500 and 5,000 Sudanese pounds (about $175 to $350 CAD) for resisting the confiscation of a school belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in the city of Omdurman. Eighteen other Christians were acquitted. This confiscation follows several other instances of property being seized or destroyed in towns and cities throughout Sudan.

According to a report by Middle East Concern, these problems involving the government took place after the denomination fired members of a committee responsible for church properties because of their fraudulent activities. The Sudanese government intervened and reinstated the members to their committee position, enabling them to sell the church properties to a businessman with close ties to the government.

Similar actions were also forced on the Sudan Church of Christ through a government-imposed committee. Other recent reports of confiscation or destruction of church buildings in Omdurman can be viewed here.

Pray that the Lord's wisdom and guidance will be granted to the Christians of Sudan, as they deal with the government's impositions (Matthew 10:16). Uphold those who are struggling over the loss of their meeting places and, as a result, determining ways in which they can continue gathering together for worship services. Ask for God's divine intervention to take place on their behalf, and for His provision to be made known to the seven believers who were recently fined.

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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