Sudan (MNN) — It has been over a year since Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power. Bashir is currently facing several charges at the International Criminal Court, including his part in the Darfur genocide that began in 2003.
The western Darfur region of Sudan has suffered 17 years of violence. It began when rebels in Darfur protested the government’s disregard of the region’s non-Arab population.
The government-backed Janjaweed militia then swept into Darfur, murdering and raping civilians as they went. Around 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million were displaced.
Today, Darfur is still not marked by peace. Flares of violence targeting women and minorities still occur, and minority Christians make easy targets in the Muslim-majority nation.
However, Victor Sadek, executive director of The Program for Theological Education by Extension (PTEE), says Sudanese believers are staying strong in their faith.
“Praise the Lord that there are people who love the Lord in Sudan in spite of…the war and difficult circumstances that people have there.”
PTEE offers accredited theological education and training for Arab Christians online and in small group programs. Two groups of students have been studying with PTEE for over a year now.
Sadek says, “Most of them or all of them are from other faith backgrounds. They are not really allowed to study or to be registered in an official Bible school… So they need our system to be registered, to study, and to continue to be trained to help other families and other…home churches in this area.”
It’s not easy for Sudanese students, but they want what PTEE offers. “They don’t have good internet. They don’t have facilities. We…try to send the courses through the internet so they can download these courses.”
Additionally, PTEE checks in with their students, even visiting them when they can. Some of their students have to meet secretly in small groups to avoid being targeted for their faith.
As PTEE equips the Church through its theological programs, Sadek says the Sudanese Church is growing. Every year, they hear of more new believers.
“The Lord is moving with them with miracles and protections and even healing. Some people experience…stories about healing, and they sent me the pictures which really encouraged me.”
Please pray for Christians to remain faithful and bold witnesses to the Gospel. Ask the Lord to bring peace and justice to Sudan.
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