Soldiers come to Christ

By July 17, 2007

Sudan (MNN) — War-ravaged Sudan has seen more than 200,000 people die in the wake of the conflict in the Darfur region. However, Bible League has persevered through the trying times and sees hope in the area.

"Even in the midst of opposition, we continue to witness lives being transformed and salvaged from spiritual darkness," said Dr. Mwaya Wa Kitavi, Bible League's associate director of Africa ministries. 

They have gained access to six army barracks in Southern Sudan, even though the commander was not a Christian. "But God–who is no respecter of any man–gave us favor," said Kitavi. "As a result, more than one thousand soldiers have committed their lives to Christ, and all have been baptized. Praise be to God!" 

One young Sudanese soldier shared the story of how he came to faith after joining a liberation army at 17. "In my heart I felt I must destroy and kill every Arab I could find until they were no more. I was ready to die for our mother land," he said. 

Then, one day a man from Bible League visited the boy's barracks to start a Bible study. The man prayed for the soldiers, and that's when the young soldier realized Christ's love for him.  "He said those who have committed atrocities on innocent people should not be afraid to repent–without condemnation. God's Word became real in my heart, and I cried out in repentance, realizing my hatred was not Biblical."

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