Sudanese Pastors Remain Incarcerated without Formal Charges
Sudanese authorities arrested two Christian pastors in December of last year in an unknown location without official charges filed against them. A third pastor was released, but required to report to authorities daily for questioning.
On December 13, 2015, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) of Sudan 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. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour, vice moderator of the Sudan Church of Christ was arrested on December 18.
Six months later, the two pastors, along with Muslim Background Believer Abdulmonem Abdumawla Issa Abdumawla, remain imprisoned in Sudan and formal charges have yet to be filed against them. It is understood that the prosecutor is still awaiting the final report from the NISS office before they can proceed with the case. Although there have been concerns over the health of Pastor Hassan who suffers from ulcers, sources who have been able to visit the men in prison report that they are doing relatively well under the circumstances and are strong emotionally. Please pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen them and guard them against discouragement. Join us in praying for them.
Father, we do pray for these men; strengthen their faith and encourage them with an awareness of Your presence as they await the charges being made against them. Bring to mind Scripture to give them courage and hope. Continue to grant them health and we pray especially for Pastor Hassan that You would bring healing for the ulcers he suffers from. Continue to provide their families with food and shelter, and as the weeks have turned now into months, quiet their fears. Give these men opportunities even in prison to spread the good news of Christ through their lives and their words. And use their time of imprisonment to strengthen Your church in Sudan. In the name of Jesus, in whom all things hold together, Amen.