In an update to the request for prayer on 19th August, https://pray.interserve.org/sudan-pastors-face-possible-death-penalty/ Middle East Concern and Christians in Sudan have requested further prayers for the four church leaders detained by the Sudanese authorities.
The trial of the four Christians has started, with the second court hearing held, as scheduled, on Monday 21st August. As expected, all four men have been charged with several serious offences, including waging war against the state, espionage activities, conspiracy to carry out criminal acts, and undermining the authority of the state through violence.
Some of the charges are punishable with the death penalty.
The trial was originally intended to begin on 14th August, but the four defendants were not brought to court from prison. An investigator from the prosecutor’s office has given his statement, and the next hearing is expected to take next week, on Monday 29th August.
Sudanese Christians request our prayers:
- that the four detained church leaders will know the Lord’s strength and comfort during their ordeal,
- for a fair judicial process, and that the four will be acquitted of all charges.
- that church leaders and other Christians will know the Lord’s peace in the face of the increasing pressure against churches,
- that all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.
Ephesians 6 vs 18: “Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”