Sudanese Authorities Hold Two Christian Pastors
Sudanese authorities continue to hold two Christian pastors they arrested in December in an unknown location without official charges filed against them. A third pastor is required to report to authorities daily for questioning.
National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata (also known as Telal), a leader of the Fellowship of University Christian Students and a leader of Khartoum North Evangelical Church on December 13. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour, vice moderator of the Sudan Church of Christ was arrested on December 18.
Pastor Rata’s family was allowed to visit him only once at Kober prison on December 18. However, all attempts by lawyers, families and colleagues to see the two Christians have been fruitless. Sources report that three letters from Pastor Taour’s lawyer to the Sudanese Human Rights Council for help in gaining access to his client have gone unanswered.
Pastor Kuwa Shamal, also of the Sudan Church of Christ, was arrested on December 18, but released three days later. He was told to report daily to the NISS. Though the requirement was cancelled on January 16, he was again told the last week of February to report to their offices daily.
Local Christians fear that both men may be ill-treated. Pastor Hassan suffers from ulcers that might be exasperated by his current circumstances.
- Please pray for the Lord’s grace to the two pastors as they face this unjust incarceration. Pray that He would provide in all their physical and emotional needs. Please pray for good health for Pastor Taour. Please also join us in praying that these men would be able to respond to their persecutors in a way that glorifies our Lord and convicts their persecutors of their need for salvation. “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.” Phil. 1:12-13
- Please pray for God’s grace to their families. Pray that He would provide liberally for them in everything they need. Pray that they would not be overcome by fear or discouragement but would experience His courage and comfort daily. “The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” Ps. 145:14.
- Please pray for justice to be done. Pray that the whereabouts of the two pastors will be disclosed soon and that they will be allowed to see their families, colleagues and their lawyers. “Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!” Ps. 118:25