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Sudanese Christians praying - Photo: Middle East Concern www.meconcern.org
Photo: Middle East Concern

On the morning of April 11th, President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power by the Sudanese Armed Forces and a transitional government was set up. The military leadership declared a three-month state of emergency to be followed by a two-year transition period, leading to democratic elections.

Christian leaders from across the country were invited to meet a committee of the transitional council on April 23rd to discuss concerns affecting the Christian community. Areas specifically addressed included interference caused by security forces in the operation of churches, as well as the illegal confiscation of church properties. Also addressed were unjust court cases against Christians, accusing them of acting as foreign operatives, and previously implemented government mandates such as the requirement that Christian schools be open on Sundays. The military council promised to further assess these issues.

The following day, April 24th, an announcement was made that Christian schools in Sudan will no longer be open on Sundays. The outcome for the other discussed issues of concern will be seen in the days to come.

Praise God for the willingness of the transitional council committee to listen to the concerns of the nation's Christian community and then follow through by taking proactive steps to resolve them. As a result, may Sudanese believers be free to worship without fear of recrimination. Also pray that this time of political transition will be administered with greatly needed wisdom, diplomacy and efficiency, leading to a positive outcome for the governing of Sudan and the resulting blessings of God upon the people.

Country Information

Population
43,120,843 (July 2018 est.)

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

Religion
Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

Leader
President (to be determined)
Transitional leadership in place

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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