A court in the Sudanese city of Khartoum Bahri has ordered the partial demolition of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, effectively blocking the only entry point to the building.
The church has faced several court challenges in the past.
In 2013, the government imposed a committee upon the church, which then sold part of its land to investors.
That committee was later ruled illegal by the court. Since that time, however, various buildings were destroyed, and church members have subsequently been arrested and fined for protesting the illegal sales of their properties.
Since the Sudanese military seized power in October 2021, the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church denomination, to which this church belongs, has faced interference reminiscent of that seen under the former dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir. While it was hoped that the transitional government set up in April 2019 would lead to democratic change, the recent military coup has brought about renewed concerns for religious freedom.
Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, World Watch Monitor
Let us pray.
- Pray for the members of the attacked church as they now face the most recent challenges of their ongoing legal battle.
- Ask God to advocate on their behalf, so they may resolve these difficulties and, as a result, continue reaching others for Christ and meeting together peacefully for worship.
- Prayerfully remember members of the military coup who are trying to seize control of the government, asking that they will take heed of God’s ways and be receptive to His leading.