Persecution Fridays – Sudan: Church Leaders Threatened

September 23, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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Sudan: Church Leaders Threatened

In July and August 2011, Muslim extremists sent threatening text messages to at least 10 church leaders in Khartoum, Sudan, according to Compass Direct News. The messages warned that Christian leaders, buildings and institutions have been targeted for future attack. As a result of the threats, many Christians have reportedly stopped attending church.

“We want this country to be purely an Islamic state, so we must kill the infidels and destroy their churches all over Sudan,” stated one text message circulating in Khartoum.

Church leaders now fear increased persecution by local Islamists. A local Christian told Compass Direct News that Muslim extremists from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh arrive in Sudan every two weeks to undergo training in secret camps. The extremists then travel throughout Sudan preaching Islam and demolishing church buildings, according to the Compass Direct source.

This is not the first time extremists have targeted churches and other religious institutions. On June 28, Muslim extremists burned down a church in Omdurman. And on July 18, a group of Muslim extremists attacked the home of Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, attempting to kill him and two other pastors. Thankfully, no one was home at the time of the attack, so the assailant left a letter warning the pastors of future, similar attacks.

“We are aware of your anti-Islamic activities,” the letter warned. “We have been monitoring the evangelization that you carry out these days, and therefore we declare jihad against you. We declare jihad against you in order to protect Muslims from your infidel influence, because you are the enemy of Islam.”

Please pray that Christians in Sudan will trust God despite increasing persecution.

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