|Sudan: attacks on church property in Khartoum|
Posted on 24th April 2012
Greetings in the name of Jesus, Head of the Church
Sudanese Christians have requested our prayers following several situations affecting Christians in the Khartoum area last week.
On 21st April the Anglican Church in Sawafi was attacked by a mob, provoked by a radical Imam. Security forces stopped the mob. However, some found an alternate route, enabling them to ransack and burn down the building.
Also on 21st April, the Gereif West Bible School, based on a compound of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) in Al-Gereif, was badly damaged in an arson attack by a Muslim mob. The SPEC had received threats of violence in late March and early April. Churches on the site as well as the Bible School were damaged in the attack. Office equipment, library resources and students’ personal belongings were destroyed.
On 19th April in Burri, a group of 130 university students of South Sudanese origin were detained and given seven days to leave Sudan after being accused of celebrating South Sudan’s invasion of the Heglig oil field within South Kordofan province. The students denied that they had held any such celebration.
On 18th April churches in Al-Baraka, Dar el
Salam, and Takamul districts received notice that
In early April we
requested prayer concerning the 8th April deadline for those of
South Sudanese origin (many of whom are Christian) to leave Sudan following the
secession of South Sudan in July 2011. The deadline has been postponed for 30
days. Recall that the Sudanese government is treating all those in Sudan who
are eligible for citizenship of South Sudan (i.e. having at least one
great-grandparent born in the South) as having de-facto citizenship of South
Sudan and is therefore denying them the option of acquiring citizenship
Sudanese Christians give thanks that nobody was injured in the recent attacks. They request our prayers that:
a. Christians in Khartoum will know the peace, presence and protection of Jesus, and His enabling to live without fear
b. The detained students will be released and allowed to remain in Khartoum
c. The demolition orders will be officially withdrawn
d. Church leaders will know the Spirit’s guidance and wisdom at this time
e. There will be effective action to restrain extremists
f. The perpetrators will know the Spirit’s conviction of sin and the Father’s offer of forgiveness and true life.
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