Longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir’s ouster in 2019 ushered in a new era of hope for Sudanese Christians. More on that here. Today, believers question whether recent religious freedom changes will hold or not.
At least nine church buildings have been torched in the two years since a transitional government took the helm. Last month, arsonists set the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) aflame. “They targeted the church because they do not want to see any sign of the cross in the area,” the church’s pastor told Morning Star News.
“What we see here is not the government doing this, but radical Muslims fomenting these attacks,” Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says.
“The good news is it’s not the government attacking churches. At the same time, it shows there is a long way to go in Sudan for Christians to feel safe and to feel free to practice their faith.”
Maybe authorities didn’t spearhead the latest attacks, but believers question the government’s innocence in other instances.
A Christian youth leader who spoke out against the SCOC arson was detained on Friday. Masked men, believed to be working with national security, beat this leader and threatened to kill him if he kept speaking out.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to encourage Sudanese Christians and remind them of His presence and strength.
- Pray for the protection of believers and church buildings.
- Pray the transitional government will uphold religious freedom.