Christians in Sudan Risk It All for the Sake of the Gospel

March 27, 2017 by Janelle P in

Sudan is a difficult and dangerous region to be a Christian.

Sudan has been on the World Watch List since 1993 and has almost always been ranked in the top 20 over the years. Persecution in the country is systematic and reminiscent of ethnic cleansing. Under the authoritarian rule of al-Bashir and his party, there is no true rule of law in Sudan; freedom of expression has been almost entirely curtailed.

The ethnic-cultural landscape is complicated and divisive:

Arab versus Ethnic Africans, Muslims versus Christians. Historically, Islam is deeply embedded in Sudan’s society and the government is strictly implementing a one-religion, one culture and one language policy, which results in the persecution of Christians.

Arrests, attacks and murders plague all Christian communities in the country, particularly those living in the Nuba mountain region.

For more on this region, watch this 360 experience from Sudan’s Nuba Mountain territory. 

Pray for Local Pastors

Sudanese pastors Hassan Kodi and Kuwa Shamal were arrested on December 18 on charges that they were conducting intelligence activities and providing material support for rebels. The charges have been proved false, and they have even helped assist displaced believers in this region. Please be in prayer for these believers.

The Work of Open Doors

To aid persecuted believers in Sudan, Open Doors works through local partners to provide discipleship training, persecution-preparedness and theological training, trauma care and more.

Sudanese Christians risk it all for the sake of the gospel. Preaching and evangelizing is very risky. Sudan’s leaders follow Islam, so we pray for their hearts to be radically changed by the gospel.

Christians face the death penalty if their conversion from Islam is discovered, so please join us to pray!

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