The Muslim population is 95.3 percent in Sudan, far outnumbering Christians. And there are some who want to eradicate Christians from the country altogether. The WWL (World Watch List) ranks the top fifty countries where Christians face the extreme persecution.
Sudan is ranked number four on the WWL by Open Doors USA. A report by WWL shows that since 1993 Sudan has scored within the top twenty nations with the worst persecution of Christians consistently, and the source of the persecution in Sudan is because of Islamic oppression and dictatorial paranoia.
Since 2010, the leader Al-Bashir who took hold of Sudan despite the International Criminal Court filing genocide charges against him, the Sudanese people have very limited freedom of expression. This lack of freedom has been realized internationally. In 2017 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Sudan was recommended to make progress towards the freedom of religion and beliefs. And Sudan was suggested to abolish the punishment for those practicing apostasy.
But the government is enforcing some laws which are pressurizing Christians in Sudan. In fact, Bishop Alexander said that some church leaders and staff are still under intense inspection of government security personnel. Yet, he believes that the Sudanese Church will be protected by God. “We [the church] don’t have economic power, we don’t have political power, we’re just the Church of God”, he shares.
Under such strict government proclamations, the development program which support believers is a challenge. Bishop Alexander has strong faith in God for His encouragement.
The problems for Christians in Sudan are too great to overcome. Bishop Alexander wants the prayer for the Church, for the leaders that God protects them, for the workers in the field. Moreover, he wants to pray that the churches all around the globe open their eyes and advocate for Sudanese churches.
Nobody talks about what is happening in Sudan. For the suffering Sudanese Church, no news means fewer prayers from the Christians. Bishop says that he needs prayer from all over the world for Sudanese Christians who were jailed for the Sudanese Church’s perseverance, peace in Sudan, and for God’s faithfulness.
“When we pray together, when we mobilize the Body of Christ, when we talk together, when we shout together, when we cry together, that makes the enemy scared,” explains Bishop Alexander.