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Sudanese people and flags
May God bring the people of Sudan
to a true knowledge of Him.
Photo: Voice of America

In recent months, the transitional government of Sudan has been announcing the implementation of significant changes which could lead to expanded religious freedoms in the country. While Christians remain cautious, there is optimism that some of the dangers they have faced may be abating.

In early March, committees that were once used to confiscate church properties have been disbanded, restoring ownership of the properties to the church members. Then, on March 8th, a government leader announced to the Sudan Tribune news that the death penalty for apostasy is to be removed. In its place, officials intend to introduce a law making it a criminal offense to accuse someone of apostasy.

Changes of this kind, if fully enacted, can make a significant impact on the lives of Christians. Around the world, accusations of apostasy have consistently been used as weapons against believers in Christ. Even though the government considers this move a demonstration of freedom of religion, valid concerns persist. While the punishment has been removed, the crime of apostasy remains in the Criminal Code, along with blasphemy. Additional information on the persecution of Christians in Sudan is available here.

Praise God for the positive steps toward religious freedom that have been evidenced thus far due to the decisions of those presently ruling Sudan. Pray that further steps will be taken to ensure true freedom is granted to Christians throughout the country. Also intercede for the stability of the new government, as it eventually transitions from military rule to civilian governance in 2022.

Country Information

43,120,843 (July 2018 est.)

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

Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

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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Sudan News

  • Government Advisor Beaten and Threatened
    Botrous Badawi - Photo: Morning Star News www.morningstarnews.org
    Botrous Badawi recovering in hospital.
    Photo: Facebook via Morning Star News

    Masked gunmen attacked a government religious affairs worker on the night of July 2nd, threatening to kill him for supporting the return of church properties to Christian communities. Botrous Badawi, a Christian and advisor

  • Christian Leader Beaten for Protesting Church Burning
    Wood carver in Sudan - Photo: Flickr/Claudiovidri
    Wood carver in Sudan
    Photo: Flickr/Claudiovidri

    The ninth church building within the past two years was set ablaze in Sudan on January 3rd, 2021. In the weeks leading up to the recent arson attack, hate messages against the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) in the rural Tambul area of Al Jazirah stat

  • Three Young Christians Assaulted
    The city of Khartoum

    Three young Christians were assaulted in a suburb north of Khartoum on October 6th because of their faith in Christ. Levi Hakim, 17, had entered a shop when a Muslim man grabbed him and dragged him behind a mosque. There, two others joined in the attack, declaring their disdain f

  • Apostasy Laws Abolished
    Sudanese people and flags
    Photo: Voice of America

    After more than 30 years of Islamist rule, Sudan has passed a series of legal reforms. Two major changes involved the abolishment of public flogging and the repeal of apostasy laws for those leaving Islam. Other regulations relate to the consumption of alcohol, female mutilati