That’s precisely what happened on Tuesday 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.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Khartoum, that they will know God’s peace and protection.
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.
- 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 hear Jesus’ voice clearly.
- Pray that God will strengthen and sustain His people in Sudan, despite ongoing persecution. Pray that they will be a ‘well-watered garden’ in a ‘sun-scorched land’ (Isaiah 58:11) which will draw many to know Christ.
(Source: Middle East Concern)
Please continue to pray for two Sudanese and a Czech man charged with serious crimes, including spying, which could carry a death penalty. At the latest trial hearing in Khartoum on Monday, the court heard testimony about how Abdulmonem Abdulmawla helped a Darfuri student: his involvement with this student – and that of his co-defendants, Hassan Abduraheem and Petr Jašek – is key to the prosecution’s case. A verdict is expected on January 23: pray they will be acquitted. Charges against a fourth defendant, Pastor Kowa Shamaal, were thrown out last week. (Source: Middle East Concern)