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For nearly 50 years, Sudan has carried out a brutal campaign to Islamize the nation, destroying churches and imprisoning Christians while seeking to implement strict adherence to Islamic law. Until recently, the Islamization campaign also included the bombing of villages, crops, hospitals and churches. The Sudanese government seeks to exterminate both Christians and ethnically African people in the contested Nuba Mountain, Blue Nile and Darfur regions on its border with South Sudan. The Islamist dictator and convicted war criminal Omar al-Bashir, who led Sudan’s assault on Christians, was removed from power in 2019 by a military council controlled by the country’s Islamist establishment. It is too soon to tell if Sudanese Christians will be treated better by the new leadership.
90 percent of the Sudanese people are Sunni Muslims. 5 percent are Christians, including approximately one-half of 1 percent evangelicals.
The Sudanese government has intimidated, arrested, imprisoned and tortured Christians.
What It Means To Follow Christ In Sudan:
Sudanese Christians can attend church openly, but Christian leaders are detained and sometimes imprisoned if their activities are viewed as threatening the regime’s Islam agenda.
Access To Bibles:
As a result of the regime’s long-standing campaign to exterminate Christians, Bibles are scarce and extremely difficult to obtain in Sudan’s conflict areas. Give Bibles
VOM supports Bible-smuggling efforts and covert evangelism in the north, while providing crisis response (such as clean water and medical aid) in conflict areas — especially the Nuba Mountain region of South Kordofan state. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry
- Pray that God will silence the voices of Islamic extremists.
- Pray that Christian converts from Islam will have peace with their families and communities.
- Pray for recent converts from Islam, who experience persecution from their families and communities.
- Pray for unity and harmony among Sudanese churches and their leaders.
- Pray for the protection and boldness of front-line workers and for fulfillment of their needs.