Sudanese believers find an open door for outreach despite persecution.

By November 25, 2004

Sudan (MNN)–Sudan’s government is still working towards making the country 100% Muslim.

While not yet accomplished, the effort to drive Christians out or forcibly convert them points to a continued drive towards an Islamic State. This systematic persecution has displaced more than 3 million people. That means believers have had a tough time in ministry.

However, Words of Hope’s Lee DeYoung says there was one ray of hope. “Even though the government remains staunchly Islamic, nevertheless, they, amazingly, are making government airtime available for an hour of Christian programming in radio and television on Sundays.”
Despite the unimaginable persecution Sudanese people have endured, the church appears to be growing faster in Sudan than anywhere else in the world. DeYoung says the open door also presented the need to find local believers able to produce programs. “Words of Hope is working with indigenous partners in providing the training and the equipping, that’s making that possible now, for local people in North Sudan to produce effective programs and to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to not only use the government station, but to do so free of charge, and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ openly.”

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