That’s precisely what happened on Tuesday 10 January at Bahri Evangelical Church in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. The man was a local official and once inside he began pulling down a building in the church compound – without explanation or paperwork.
Bahri Church is not new to persecution. Other buildings in its compound have been destroyed or damaged since investors ‘bought’ the land in 2013 without the church’s consent.
The church land was ‘sold’ by a committee set up by the Government. This committee was not recognised by the church – or by the courts, which ruled it illegal.
What’s different about this latest attack on the church is that a government official was responsible for it, rather than the investors.
Several members of Bahri Church have been arrested for protesting against the forced sale of church buildings. Pastor Hafez Mengisto was later cleared of charges relating to his attempt to defend his church. Others were convicted of disturbing the peace or obstructing police, and were fined.
Source: Middle East Concern, Release International
- Pray that God will bring justice for Bahri Evangelical Church and that its members will have somewhere secure to worship in freedom.
- Pray especially for wisdom for the church elders, including Pastor Hafez. Pray that they will know the Lord’s leading.
- Please continue to pray for two Sudanese and a Czech man charged with serious crimes, including spying, which could carry a death penalty. A verdict is expected on 23 January.