God is doing a great work in Sudan despite the terrible humanitarian disaster which has uprooted thousands of Christians from the Nuba Mountains and forced them to flee to refugee camps. Read Pastor Wani’s story and get a glimpse into the reality of life for Sudanese Christians.
Pastor Wani’s Story
Pastor Wani was an evangelist in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. One Sunday morning, government soldiers entered his village and arrested him and several other Christians. As the soldiers tortured the pastor next to him, Wani prayed, “Lord, if it is your will, just let them kill me.”
But God had a different plan. Wani was accidentally released when the soldiers confused him with another prisoner. He then returned to his home village in the Nuba Mountains, the same place where he was arrested. He continues to help his church there today. He has moved his church meetings closer to the mountain cliffs, where it’s harder for government airplanes to see their huts from the air. Bombings are an ongoing threat.
“God has been with me all along,” Pastor Wani told VOM workers, “and I continue to preach the Word of God to this day!:
Although Pastor Wani works in a very dangerous area, he does not complain or lose heart. “I always think of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 when I am in trouble,” he said. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.”
Voice of the Martyrs supports Pastor Wani and others like him who have chosen to stay and faithfully minister.
The Sudanese Refugee Crisis
Bombings and the threat of more attacks have uprooted many Sudanese Christians in the Nuba Mountains, causing them to flee to refugee camps like the one at Yida.
Refugees in Sudan have very few possessions. Most live in stick huts with a plastic tarp thrown over them. They have the clothes on their backs and a bucket, and they receive small and unpredictable rations of sorghum and water each day. The refugee camp at Yida receives supplies from a chartered flight that arrives on an irregular schedule.
Though these Sudanese refugees have little in the way of material goods, with Christ they have everything. In Him, they are infinitely rich and have the hope of eternal glory. And the Lord does provide for them, partly through the practical and spiritual assistance that VOM supporters help us provide. VOM has been providing assistance in Sudan since the 1990s, and we continue to do so in the refugee camps.
God is doing a great work in the midst of this humanitarian disaster. Missionaries have been trying to reach Muslim people groups in the Nuba Mountains for more than 30 years, but most had never heard the Gospel before being forced into refugee camps. Some are now turning to Christ, led by pastors who came to the camps specifically to minister.
At Yida, Christians worship in a dusty area surrounded by a wall of sticks, shaded by a few trees. When VOM workers visited last December, they heard children singing in the ‘church,’ practising for their Christmas program. While these Christians have been displaced by conflict, they are taking the opportunity to point others to their eternal home in Jesus Christ.
Voice of the Martyrs is providing material and spiritual assistance to help equip them for this great task.
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