We’ve covered some of the recent changes sweeping Sudan: from a coup that removed a 30-year dictator Omar al Bashir from office to a constitutional amendment which removes Sharia law as its primary source.
It’s a monumental shift, but hearing it from the Sudanese themselves provides some perspective on just how significant these changes are. We had the chance to speak with Amos, a missionary who has a passion for the Arab world, working in Sudan and South Sudan.
Something’s different in Sudan
The first inklings of change came when a team with whom he worked was trying to work out logistics for Sudan’s church leaders to attend a conference. Up until now, the government’s red tape for these leaders to leave the country was significant. “Prior to this time, they had to scrutinize all the people traveling, because of the Islamic state of Sudan. Any Christian group traveling out, they check them out. And then when they come back, they further monitor them. When they come back, they have to report.”
However, because the new government established a ministry office for church affairs and plans to loosen government restrictions on churches, the conference team decided to try something new. “When we were planning the conference, we thought of how to avoid all these immigration things. We thought we would fly them to Juba and then from Juba to Nairobi, but then we said, ‘let them fly directly from Khartoum to Nairobi.’ To our amazement, all these Christian leaders flew from Khartoum to Nairobi without any problem.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama