Sudanese believers face monumental challenges too; namely, how to secure religious freedom no matter who comes to power. At the same time, they’re trying to keep ministry moving forward during this limited window of Gospel opportunity.
A Christian worker we’ll call “Ken” collaborates with believers throughout northern Sudan. He’s urging them to keep Sudan’s unreached populations in mind as they plan their “next steps.”
“There [are] about 42 million people in Sudan today. The vast majority of them are Muslim, and have no knowledge or understanding of Jesus Christ at all.”
Decades of oppression under Bashir’s rule earned Sudan harsh sanctions and a Tier 1 “Country of Particular Concern” title from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Read more about persecution in Sudan here.
Conditions like these have made ministry in Sudan extremely difficult. As a result, few people know the Good News of Jesus.
Sudan has a lot of unreached people…
The number of unreached people in Sudan varies widely; for example, the Joshua Project lists 130 unreached people groups (UPGs) or approximately 23,633,000 people. In a file accessed on November 25, Finishing the Task lists 29 unreached and unengaged people groups (UUPGs) in Sudan: approximately 835,400 people.
Ken says many of Sudan’s remaining unreached people groups are “oral communities,” which means they don’t use traditional methods of reading and writing to learn or communicate. More about orality here.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth