Missionary and Pastor Says Crisis in Sudan Has ‘Opened the Door Wide’ for the Sharing of the Gospel

Abraham Deng leads worship for the Sudanese congregation meeting at Clarkston International Bible Church northeast of Atlanta. Photo submitted

Despite continuing protests and violence in the nation of Sudan, Abraham Deng sees God opening a door for the church to bear fruit, particularly among Muslims.

Deng, who came to America as a refugee from what is now South Sudan, frequently visits both his hometown area in South Sudan as well as visiting his wife and three children in the nation of Sudan as they await approval to move to the United States.

Deng recounted that three women came to the local church during his visit to Sudan this spring saying they needed to follow “the son of Mary” after seeing him in a dream.

“I had heard accounts of people saying, ‘I saw Jesus in a dream’ or ‘I heard it in movies,’ but I never talked to someone face-to-face telling me they have seen Jesus in a dream, and ‘He asked me to follow Him and directed me to come to the church.'”

This is not a unique occurrence as the events happening in Sudan have “opened the door wide open” to sharing the Gospel with Muslims.

“We prayed with them and they accepted Christ, and many others have given their lives to Christ during this crisis,” Deng said. “They say they are tired of Islam, that Islam is no longer the true religion.

“I witnessed many Muslims coming to Christ during those days. Even some Muslims who are not converted yet come to the church and say, ‘Please pray for the country to be at peace because our god cannot save us, but your God as Christians, your Jesus can save us.'”

More than 5,000 copies of the New Testament in Arabic were personally distributed by Deng during his trip to Sudan this spring, and he currently is in the midst of another trip there.

In addition to sharing the Gospel in Sudan, Deng is one of the founders and current worship leaders of a congregation of Sudanese refugees meeting at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Georgia.

More than 60 countries and 100 languages are represented in Clarkston due to a refugee resettlement program begun during the 1990s.

Lead pastor Trent DeLoach said CIBC has been hosting a number of different ethnic congregations for years, with the Sudanese meeting the longest at over 10 years.

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Source: Baptist Press