Who: Pastor Michael and Pastor Peter
Their Crime: Encouraging the Church to be Strong and Endure the Government’s Persecution.
The Penalty: EXECUTION or life in prison.
Voice of the Persecuted has joined the Save Sudan Pastors Coalition, adding our VOICE for their release. And to call on the government of Sudan to cease the wrongful detention of Christians and pastors.
Pastor Yat Michael Ruot was arrested by Sudan’s dreaded National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Dec. 21, 2014. He was a guest preacher at Khartoum’s Bahri Evangelical Church when NISS agents arrested him for encouraging the church to be strong and endure the government’s persecution.
Pastor Peter Yen Reith was arrested after he inquired of the Sudanese authorities and expressed concern for his friend, Pastor Michael. Michael and Peter are from South Sudan. Michael is 49 years old, married and has two young children. Peter is 39 years old, married and the father of a two year-old girl.
For two months following their arrest, Michael and Peter were secretly detained and held on unknown charges. They weren’t allowed to speak with lawyers and their families didn’t know where they were – which is in violation of international human rights laws.
Four months after their arrest, they were officially charged with “undermining the constitutional system”, “waging war against the State”, and “espionage” all of which carry the death penalty – which in Sudan usually means hanging. They were also charged with “inciting organized groups”, “offending Islamic beliefs,” and “blasphemy” which call for imprisonment and whipping.
The trial was originally scheduled to start on May 14 but was postponed until May 19 because the prosecutor’s witness from the NISS failed to appear. The trial has since been postponed again in order to give the government more time to find evidence and build a case.
Sudanese officials are known mass murderers. Sudan’s air force bombs innocent Christian civilians in the Nuba Mountains – EVERY DAY. They’ve already been indicted by the International Criminal Court on three counts of genocide for killing hundreds of thousands, even millions of Christians.
Sudan is arguably the worst nation in the world for persecuting Christians. But when the world speaks out, Sudan listens.
Sudan is striving to improve their international reputation for human rights in order to accomplish their heinous political and economic agenda. They’re motivated to avoid negative publicity and will respond more favorably to Michael and Peter’s case if the world speaks up on their behalf. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE … just like we did last year for Meriam Ibraheem.
The opposite is also true. Pastors Michael and Peter will likely perish for their faith if we remain silent.
WILL YOU SPEAK FOR THESE MEN OF GOD?
Proverbs 31:8 (KJV)
Open thy mouth for the dumb [the mute, those silenced] in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
We are bound together as family in Christ. Let us stand with these dear brothers and let us keep them and the nation of Sudan constant in our prayers. Act now! Please do not delay, be their VOICE. We cannot sit idly by while a part of the Body is suffering!
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