4/15/2021 (Voice of the Persecuted) Persecution Watch invites you to join us tonight in a prayer conference call for the Persecuted Church.
Sudan: Population 43.5 million, Christians: 1.9 (4.5)
Although Sudan has taken significant steps towards religious freedom in the past year, Christians from a Muslim background still face extreme persecution from their families and communities. These believers no longer face the death penalty for leaving Islam, but may be attacked, ostracized or otherwise discriminated against if their faith is discovered. Church buildings are often attacked or even demolished. Many still keep their faith secret, for the safety of them and their family. Some converts even choose not to raise their children as Christians, wary of retribution from community leaders. This fear of exposure even means some Christians from a Muslim background have Islamic funerals in Muslim cemeteries.
Since President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April 2019, there has been uncertainty about the leadership of Sudan and how it would impact Christians. Thankfully, and in an amazing answer to prayer, there do seem to be significant steps towards freedom of religion. Islamic law will end after 30 years, and Christians from a Muslim background no longer face the death penalty. While persecution continues in Sudan, and attitudes are not eradicated overnight, this is very promising and the reason that Sudan has fallen six places on the World Watch
In areas like the Nuba Mountains, there is an ongoing conflict and tension between government forces and rebel groups. Since 2011, thousands of Christians have been killed in these attacks, which many believe to be effectively ethnic cleansing of minority ethnic groups, particularly Christians. Elsewhere in the country, Christians from a Muslim background are most vulnerable.
Open Doors partners with the local church in Sudan to provide theological and discipleship training, persecution survival training, trauma care, and community development and income-generating projects. Others support 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.
- Praise God for the steps towards religious freedom in Sudan, answering the prayers of Sudanese believers and many others over a long period of time. Ask God that those in power would continue to make strides in this direction, and it would have real difference in everyday lives.
- Pray for the transitional government that replaced longtime Islamist dictator Omar al-Bashir.
- Pray that peace will reign in the hearts of Sudanese Christians during uncertain times.
- Pray for protection for Sudanese Christians from a Muslim background and ask that they would be able to withstand opposition from their families and communities.
- Pray that Christian women in Sudan would be protected from sexual violence and that they would be able to show the love of Jesus to their communities.
- Pray for evangelists as they travel throughout the country preaching the gospel and strengthening believers.
- Pray that God will work through audio Bibles given to those unable to read his Word.
- Pray for hospital chaplains in the Nuba Mountains as they comfort patients in Jesus’ name.
- Pray the for Sudanese Christian leaders who are detained and sometimes imprisoned if their activities are viewed as threatening the regime’s Islamist agenda. [Christians can attend church openly]
- Pray for more Bibles to be sent, because of the regime’s long-standing campaign to exterminate Christians, Bibles are scarce and extremely difficult to obtain in Sudan’s conflict areas.
- Pray for more Bible translations, especially the NT, as there are 114 languages and less than half have a bible in their language.
- Pray that Christians can love and forgive their persecutors.
- Pray for the Lord to continued unobstructed growth of His church.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
- Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
- Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
- Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped and now waiting for a visa to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
- For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.
Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
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