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Pray that believers will be able to continue meeting together.

A court in the Sudanese city of Khartoum Bahri has ordered the partial demolition of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, effectively blocking the only entry point to the building. The church has faced several court challenges in the past. In 2013, the government imposed a committee upon the church, which then sold part of its land to investors. That committee was later ruled illegal by the court. Since that time, however, various buildings were destroyed and church members have subsequently been arrested and fined for protesting the illegal sales of their properties (read more).

Since the Sudanese military seized power in October 2021, the SPEC denomination, to which this church belongs, has faced interference reminiscent of that seen under the former dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir. While it was hoped that the transitional government set up in April 2019 would lead to democratic change, the recent military coup has brought about renewed concerns for religious freedom. In November, VOMC's Greg Musselman spoke with Petr Jasek, who had spent 445 days in a Sudanese prison for conducting ministry work while visiting the country, to discuss the recent coup. To view this insightful interview, go to this page.

Pray for the members of the attacked church as they now face the most recent challenges of their ongoing legal battle. Ask God to advocate on their behalf, so they may resolve these difficulties and, as a result, continue reaching others for Christ and meeting together peacefully for worship. Also prayerfully remember members of the military coup who are trying to seize control of the government, asking that they will take heed of God's ways and be receptive to His leading.

Country Information

Population
46,751,152 (July 2021 est.)

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

Religion
Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

Leader
President (vacant)
Military transitional council under General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan

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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