On 10 April, a group of Islamic extremists (Shabab Al Hilla) attacked Christians praying in a church in Hajj Abdallah, Gezira.
The group had previously attempted to close the church through local authorities.
When the church continued to meet, the group turned to violence, beating Pastor Estefanos and damaging church property.
They also attacked three women, and all four required medical treatment. A police officer who is among the extremists filed a court case against Pastor Estefanos for disturbing public order.
Pastor Estefanos’ court hearing took place on 25 April. He was sentenced to one month in prison under Article 69 of the Public Order Law for “disturbing public peace”. The sentence is being appealed.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray for healing for Pastor Estefanos and the three women who were injured during the attack.
- Pray for Pastor Estefanos’ time in prison, that he would be encouraged and receive medical care for his injuries.
- Pray for wisdom for Pastor Estefanos’ lawyers during the appeal process.
- Pray that members of the church will be allowed to gather and worship safely.