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A Sudanese soldier is reading the Bible while holding a kalashnikov on his lap. - Photo: World Watch Monitor
Photo: World Watch Monitor

On August 8th, a Sudanese court ruled that properties seized by the government must be returned to the Sudanese Church of Christ (see this page). Following up on that decision, ownership of 19 properties was officially handed back on September 24th.

In another unexpected move, authorities released a shipment of Bibles believed to have been held in port for six years. The Arabic-language Bibles were released in mid-September and transported to the capital of Khartoum.

There has been speculation on the reasons for this recent action. Some suggest it may be part of a push from Sudan to normalize relations with the United States. Regardless of the reasons, VOMC partner ministry, Steadfast Global, said it well in an October 3rd Facebook post: "The reasons might well be political. We are not quite sure just what is going on, but recent events in this repressive country definitely point to answered prayers!" Continue to intercede for the country of Sudan and its people, praying that God's Word will reach many more in need of Christ as Saviour.

Country Information

46,751,152 (July 2021 est.)

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

Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

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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Sudan News

  • Court Orders Partial Destruction
    Hands raised in worship
    Pray that believers will be able to continue meeting together.

    A court in the Sudanese city of Khartoum Bahri has ordered the partial demolition of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, effectively blocking the only entry point to the building. The church has faced several court challenges in the p

  • Couple's Marriage Considered Illegal and Adulterous
    Wedding couple at sunset

    A married Christian couple living in Gezira State, Sudan, is on trial for adultery after the wife's family filed charges against them. The case relates to the legitimacy of their religious conversions, along with a law that prohibits a Muslim woman from being married to a non-Muslim man.