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Sudan: Morris Goes to Jail

Pastor Morris

The previous post told about Morris, a boy in Sudan who made enemies when he left Islam to become a Christian. He is now a pastor in the Nuba Mountains, where the government of Sudan has dropped thousands of bombs since 2012.

One morning after an attack, Pastor Morris packed some soap, food, shoes, and clothes. He was going to jail. But he had not done anything wrong.

He planned to visit Muslim prisoners of war. The Muslims had been caught after they attacked Pastor Morris’s friends and neighbors. They were the enemy.

Pastor Morris’s son did not understand his father’s actions. “Are not these the people who are bombing us from airplanes and killing our people?” his son asked him as he packed. “Why are you taking them food to help them survive when they are killing us?”

Pastor Morris answered, “My son, this is because Jesus says we have to love our enemies.” The hearts of some of the Muslim prisoners are starting to change. The prisoners ask Pastor Morris, “Pastor, could you come again and share what you are sharing with us? We have never heard about these things before.” Pastor Morris is willing to help them find the truth, because he learned to love his enemies as a youth.

Watch a video of Pastor Morris telling how God provided bees to protect His followers here.

Pray for Pastor Morris and the Muslims he meets. Pray that his son will also understand Jesus’ command to “love your enemies.”

 


Learning to Love Enemies

Pastor Morris today

The previous posts told about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in Sudan. Morris continued to forgive his Muslim neighbor for sinning against him. Read below to find out how Morris became a Christian as a child and learned how to forgive.

Morris went to a Muslim school for six years. He and the other students were forced to recite verses from the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) The teachers beat the students if they didn’t recite the verses correctly.

[Learn more about the Quran.]

One day, some Christian friends invited Morris to church. He heard a message about salvation, and he liked it. And he noticed a peace among the Christians that he hadn’t seen among Muslims. He was inspired to follow Jesus.

Trouble at School
The teachers at his Muslim school heard that Morris had decided to become a Christian. They started giving him a hard time.

Then Muslim students stopped being friends with Morris. In fact, they hated him. But he still loved them. And he believed that God wanted him to bring some of them to Jesus.

Even as a boy, Morris learned to love his enemies. Later, his love helped him bring some of his enemies to Christ.

Morris learned to forgive his enemies when he was a child. Read the next two posts to learn how he is teaching his son about forgiveness, and watch a video of Pastor Morris telling how God provided bees to protect His followers!

 


Sudan: Pastor Morris, Part 2

Pastor Morris

The previous post told about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in Sudan. The pastor paid his Muslim neighbor’s fine and got him out of jail after the neighbor’s son attacked Morris’ daughter. Read below what happened after that, as told by Brad Phillips, a Christian worker in Sudan.

Several months later, Pastor Morris came home after a very long day of traveling. His wife came to him, upset about one of the sheep that the family raised for food. “Somebody killed our sheep and threw it in the ditch on the border of our property and the neighbor’s property,” she told Morris.

Morris said, “I’m so tired; I have to go to bed now. I don’t want to know any more of the story right now. Let me sleep.”

He went to bed, but he couldn’t sleep. He prayed, “God, don’t let the neighbor sleep until he comes and confesses and repents.” Then he fell asleep and slept well.

The next morning, he woke up, and there was his neighbor! The man said, “I couldn’t sleep last night at all. I did something really bad and I think maybe God was keeping me from sleeping until I came and confessed to you what I did.”

Morris says, “I know. Tell me what happened.” The man confessed and Morris’ answer was, “You know, I know you have a problem with me, I understand how in a fit of rage someone might do something like this. But why didn’t you just bring this animal to me, and we could have eaten it together?”
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)

Morris continued to forgive his neighbor for sinning against him. He learned how to forgive enemies even as a child. Read the next post to find out how Morris became a Christian and learned how to forgive.


Sudan: Pastor Morris

Pastor Morris

Recently, Todd Nettleton of vomradio.net interviewed Brad Phillips, a Christian worker in Sudan. Brad ministers among the people of the Nuba Mountains where Christians and others are often bombed and attacked by enemies. Many ministries have left the dangerous region, but The Voice of the Martyrs is still there, providing health care and encouragement to the people.

Brad told the following story about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in the area.

Morris, as a Christian leader, has a lot of people who love him, and he has a lot of people who are jealous of him and hate him. He had a lot of problems with one of his neighbors, who is a Muslim.

Morris has seven children. One day he came home and found out that his 18-year-old daughter had been attacked by the neighbor’s son. She was bleeding and bruised.

The neighbor and his son were taken to court and found guilty of assault. Nobody has any money there, but the judge ordered the neighbor to pay a fine. The fine would be about $20 in U.S. money, but to those people, it might as well have been $20,000. If he didn’t pay, he would go to jail until somehow the fine was paid, which might be a long time.

Morris did not delight in the judgement against his neighbor. [See Proverbs 24:17.] Instead, he saw an opportunity to spread the gospel. He talked to his daughter and said, “We have this opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ. I can pay that fine if you will let me.” His daughter agreed, and they paid the fine.
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)

Do you think the neighbor was grateful to Morris and quit bothering his family? Read the next post to find out.


Thankful in Prison, Part 2

Hassan (second from left) in prison

Pastor Hassan was arrested in 2015 for his Christian work in Sudan. You can read his story here.

Recently, Todd Nettleton of vomradio.net interviewed Pastor Hassan about his time in prison. Most prisoners would have nothing good to say about prison. And the pastor did say it was very hard to be away from his family for so long.

But Pastor Hassan says he is thankful to God for many things that happened to him! In fact, he said, “I considered this as one of the best times in my life…. I truly prayed and came closer to God and experienced the presence of the Lord in a different way.”

Read below some of the prison blessings the pastor remembers.

*He and other Christians in prison encouraged one another.

*Visitors brought joy to his day.

*The government of Sudan had claimed that there were no Christians in their country. Visitors who sang Christian songs outside the courthouse proved the government wrong.

*Pastor Hassan and a Christian prisoner in another cell called memorized Bible verses back and forth to each other.

*After a time, Pastor Hassan was able to get a Bible in the prison.

*Pastor Hassan shared truths from his Bible with other prisoners. He was joyful that God opened a door for him to do prison ministry — from the inside! “There is hunger in the prison,” he said. “The people really want Christ.”

*Pastor Hassan was thankful for the stories in the Bible about God rescuing people from prison. (See Acts 12, Acts 5:17-20, Acts 16:25-28, and Daniel 3.)

Even in prison, Pastor Hassan experienced at least seven blessings. This Thanksgiving, can you name seven blessings for which you are thankful?

(Sources include: vomradio.net and prisoneralert.com.)