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Church in Omdurma - Morning Star News
The SPEC church building in Omdurman, Sudan.
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In April 2017, a group of Christians had gathered to prevent the confiscation and sale of a church-owned school in Omdurman. The three-day protest ended when police arrested a number of the men. Soon afterwards, an armed mob attacked the women remaining at the scene. Several men rushed to aid these women and, in the mayhem, a church elder named Younan Abdullah was tragically killed. For more information, go to this page.

In the days and months that followed, many of the Christians who were arrested have been either released or fined. On April 11th, 2018, a court ordered that four of those men be charged with causing physical harm to police and supporters of the Muslim businessman who was attempting to take control of the church-owned school property.

If convicted, each of the accused could face up to six months in prison and a fine. The lawyer representing them is hopeful that the outcome will result in no more than a fine. The names of those charged are Azhari Tumbara, Muna Matta, George Adam and Kudi Abderhman. A verdict is expected to take place within the next few days.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will serve as an Advocate on behalf of the accused men who tried to prevent the takeover of the church property. May the "peace of God, which surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7), guard the hearts and minds of these believers and others throughout Sudan who are facing ongoing pressure from the government and those in opposition of their faith. Ask the Lord to help His followers to be faithful witnesses, responding in a manner that is honouring to Him, so many in their communities will experience His love and saving grace.