But what if it was the pastor of a church in another country? You may not be so inclined but the truth is your prayers are just as important, and just as needed.
On Sunday two men in Sudan were accused of crimes that carry the death penalty. A 52-year-old Christian from the Czech Republic has also been charged.
In a court in Khartoum prosecutors joined investigators from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in calling for the execution of Rev Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor and Rev Kwa Shamaal, both of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), for at least seven alleged crimes against the state, a defence attorney told Morning Star News.
The charges include the capital crimes of espionage and waging war against the state. In court, Abdelrahim denied all the charges, the attorney said.
Many church members, mostly from the SCOC, gathered outside the courtroom to show their solidarity with the two pastors, singing songs calling for their release. Let’s stand with our brothers and sisters in Sudan by praying for these two pastors.
The church leaders have also been charged with: complicity to execute a criminal agreement; calling for opposition of the public authority by violence or criminal force; inciting hatred between classes; propagation of false news; and entry and photographing of military areas and equipment.
Also charged is Abdulmonem Abdumawla, who was arrested in December.
The court appears to be trying to package these cases with that of a fourth defendant, 52-year-old Petr Jasek, a Christian from the Czech Republic whom NISS accuses of entering the country illegally last October, espionage and tarnishing the country’s image with reports saying Christians in Sudan are being persecuted.
Please pray for a just verdict for all four accused and that their families would know God’s comfort and strength.
(Source: Morning Star News)