The past 12 months held more challenges than we can count, but the future looks bright for Sudan. Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA says recent changes in U.S. legislation pave the way for economic and political improvement.
“Coming off of the [State Sponsor of Terrorism] list is going to open up economic development that is very significant for Sudan and [will] help alleviate some of the challenges they’re facing with inflation; with just getting enough bread for people to eat,” Nettleton says.
In mid-December, U.S. leaders removed Sudan’s terrorism designation. The move led to conversations about much-needed debt relief between Sudan’s interim government and the International Monetary Fund.
Then, before heading into a holiday break, U.S. legislators made good on their promise to Sudan by restoring sovereign immunity. This measure, according to the Associated Press:
“…would effectively stop future compensation claims from being filed against it in U.S. courts. It did not grant Sudan immunity from being sued by the 9/11 victims’ families over the country’s alleged role in the attacks…”
Hope on the horizon
After decades of darkness, Sudanese Christians finally have reason to hope. “If you look across the continent of Africa, when it comes to persecution of Christians, Sudan is the one bright spot,” Nettleton says.
It’s a monumental change given Sudan’s history. This North African nation was one of the world’s top 10 persecutors of Christians during Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year reign. Now that he’s gone, believers have a brief window of religious freedom until a new government comes in.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that peace will reign in the hearts of Sudanese Christians during uncertain times.
- Pray that the Islamization of Sudan will stop under a new government.
- Pray that God will work through audio Bibles given to those unable to read His Word.