Persecution Update, July 2015: Sudan

Pastor Yat Michael

Pastor Yat Michael

Sudan has been ruled since 1989 by President Omar al-Bashir, who is facing charges in the International Criminal Court for presiding over mass killings of Christians and other citizens in Darfur. Al-Bashir is determined to make his country a Muslim state ruled by radical Islamic sharia. Over the last four years, the Sudanese government has systematically bulldozed churches, arrested Christians, raided Christian bookstores, and deported Christians from other countries. A recent incident involves the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, which has been subject to attacks, arrests, and the demolition of their church building in October of 2014. Two pastors from South Sudan, Pastor Peter Reith and Pastor Yat Michael (pictured, photo used with permission from Morning Star News), visited the church last December to encourage the believers. They were subsequently arrested and charged with spying and “insulting religious beliefs.” Now facing the death penalty, these two pastors are being held in a high security prison. Please pray for special grace for these godly men, for their families, and for other persecuted believers who follow Jesus in Sudan.