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Faithful Pastor in Sudan


Parents and Teachers: The July photo issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of Christians in Sudan. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page.

As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured countries with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Sudan has had years of violence and war. Two years ago, South Sudan separated from Sudan and became its own country. There is still violence in some areas of Sudan, and Christians are still in danger.

Pastor Matak works in one of the dangerous areas. Before Sudan split into two countries, soldiers from the Muslim north put the pastor in prison for eight years.

Pastor Matak was treated harshly in prison, but God helped him stay strong in his faith. Then the prison officials tried to make him leave his faith and become a Muslim. They offered him freedom, a house, a job, and money if he obeyed their wishes.

In one prison where Pastor Matak stayed, Christian prisoners asked if they could hold a worship service in the prison. The guards agreed, because they did not think anyone would come to the service. But 170 prisoners came! Some of the Muslim prisoners gave their lives to Christ.

Finally Pastor Matak was released from prison. “The guards became happier to have me outside the prison where I could not cause them problems,” said the pastor.

Today Pastor Matak continues to be a witness for Christ.

(Source: The July 2013 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

To Think About
What “problems” did Pastor Matak cause the prison guards?

Make a Tukel
“Tukels” [TOO-kuhlz], like the one in the photo above, are huts with cone-shaped roofs. Many Sudanese families live in tukels.

The roofs are made of neatly layered stalks of grass or grain. Sometimes, the roofs reach almost to the ground.

To make a tukel roof, trace around a saucer or small plate on thick paper or cardstock. Cut out the circle. Then cut one slit from the edge of the circle to the center. Slide one edge of the slit under the other and tape or staple the edges together to form a cone. Draw or glue grass or thin sticks on the roof.

To make walls, staple together the ends of a cardboard strip to form a circular shape smaller than the large end of the roof. Cut out a door. Put the roof on top of the walls.


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