Middle East Concern, long with Christians in Sudan, are requesting prayer for four Christian men who are imprisoned and standing trial on several charges – some of which could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Court hearings were postponed on Monday 24th October and again on Monday 31st October. When lawyers and the prosecutor went to court for the hearings they were told that the judge allocated to the case was out of the country.
At a hearing on Thursday 3rd November, the prosecutor finished his presentation to the court, but according to observers, the he did not present any new evidence.
At another hearing on Monday 7th November, defence lawyers cross-examined the prosecutor’s investigator and refuted evidence which he had presented. The most recent hearing took place on last Monday, 14th November, when the prosecutor responded to the cross-examination by the defence lawyers.
The next hearing is scheduled for Monday 21st November.
The four imprisoned Christians are able to receive visits from family members and their lawyers. However, one of them, a Czech national, has been denied access to consular assistance.
Christians in Sudan are asking us to pray:
- that the four imprisoned Christians will know the Lord’s strength and comfort during their ordeal
- for a fair judicial process, without any further delays, resulting in the acquittal of the four men
- for the families of the four men
- that church leaders and other Christians will know the Lord’s peace in the face of increasing pressure against churches in Sudan
- that all officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.
Hebrews 13 vs 3: “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering.”