In connection with the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we will spend the 2 weeks surrounding November 1 & 8 praying for the 10 nations where Christians face the worst persecution. Check back each weekday from October 26 through November 6 for a post focusing our prayer on a particular nation, and consider making prayer for the persecuted church a regular part of your personal worship. “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

#6 – Sudan

Flag_of_Sudan.svgGovernment: Republic
Leader: President Omar al-Bashir
Population: 39.6 million
Christians: 1.9 million (4.8%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Islamic extremism / Dictatorial paranoia
Other Information: Sudan is ruled by Sharia law, and laws against blasphemy and apostasy are strictly enforced, especially against non-Arabs (the 2014 case of Miriam Ibrahim garnered international attention). The situation in Sudan has gotten worse since South Sudan seceded in 2011, and the nation is afflicted by war, poverty, and genocide (with the Arab Sudanese trying to eradicate the black Sudanese population).

Prayer Points:

  • That the apostasy laws will be abolished
  • For a halt to the closing of churches by the government
  • That Christians around the Nuba mountains will be kept safe from bombings and find enough food

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs