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Another Bold South Sudanese Believer

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Pastor Wani was baptized by Pastor Matak. He became an evangelist in a village near where he lived.

Early one Sunday morning, soldiers captured Pastor Wani and threw him in their truck. Then they caught two other pastors and tied them up with Pastor Wani. They hit one of the pastors over the head with his own Bible.

The soldiers put the pastors in prison, where the three Christians decided to make a lot of noise for the Lord. They sang and prayed. Pastor Wani believed that the soldiers were going to kill him. What would you do, say, and think if you thought you had a short time to live? Pastor Wani thought, “They will surely kill me, so I need to share the gospel with everyone in the prison before I die!”

Some of the prisoners who heard the pastors singing later asked to be baptized!

The soldiers did not kill Pastor Wani. Later, they accidentally set him free after they confused him with another prisoner. He returned to the area where the soldiers captured him.

“God has been with me all along,” Pastor Wani told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs. “I continue to preach the word of God to this day.”

(Source: The July 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.)


Faithful Pastor in Sudan

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.

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Bible Translation in Sudan

South Sudan

William is a Christian in South Sudan. Sudan and South Sudan used to be one country, but South Sudan became an independent country in 2011. Now they are two separate counties.

William, a Bible translator, used to live in Sudan. He is working to translate the Bible into the language of a tribe in the Nuba Mountains. The tribe has never had a Bible in their language. William is one of the only people in the world who knows their language well enough to do the translation.

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VOM Flashback: Building Blocks Scene

BricksDelivering goods to Sudanese Christians

“For more than 10 years, The Voice of the Martyrs has been active in Sudan delivering medical care, Sudan Life Packs, Scriptures, and pastoral training” (www.persecution.com).

VOM supporters found a unique way to illustrate VOM’s work in Sudan in 2005. They used plastic building blocks to show VOM workers delivering goods to Sudanese Christians. (See photo.)

For more information about VOM’s current work in Sudan, go to: www.persecution.com/blanket.


Sudan and South Sudan

Sudan and South Sudan

Sudan

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Sudan Capital
Khartoum

Main Languages
Arabic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Sudan.

South Sudan

South Sudan Capital
Juba

Main Languages
English

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in South Sudan.

Interesting Fact
The new flag of South Sudan is one of only two country flags that has six colors as part of its main design. (The other is South Africa’s.)

 

History
Sudan became an independent country in 1956. It was the largest country in Africa. The North and the South often did not get along. Muslims who ruled the North often controlled and fought against Christians and others in the South. Many people around the world worked and prayed for peace in Sudan, and there were improvements in the early years of the 21st century. But more fighting started in the western region of Darfur, bringing much sadness and many problems to that area. South Sudan became an independent country on July 9, 2011.

Religion
The majority of the people in Sudan are Muslims. The majority of the people in South Sudan are Christians or animists.

Persecution

In Sudan, it is against the law for Muslims to become Christians. Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslim men. Pastors and Christian workers have been arrested, and churches have been demolished. In the Nuba Mountains, the government bombs Christians and non-Arabs.