Five church leaders appeared in court on Wednesday 8 August, prepared to defend the ownership of their church’s property. They were not expecting a verdict at this hearing.
However, the Sudanese court surprisingly ruled against the government in favour of the Sudanese Church of Christ’s case. This came after a long-standing dispute over ownership of the church’s property.
The judge returned administration of their properties back to the church, and the five church leaders were back in their offices the next day.
One Case Down, Many To Come
This denomination, like several others, has been entangled in an ownership battle since 2016. These legal disputes are fuelled by a rival ‘Land And Buildings Committee’ set up by the Sudanese Government.
The ruling was welcomed by Christians in Sudan, however many believe more action is needed from the government to end the persecution of religious minorities in the country.
It is still very hard to get Bibles and other Christian literature into the country, according to one believer, who said: “If anyone wants to bring in more than five Bibles at a time, they are stopped at the border and told to come back with official permission from the security office.”
- Praise God for the verdict and that these churches can continue proclaiming the name of Jesus.
- Pray for the Lord’s protection over these leaders and for wisdom for the road ahead.
- Pray that many will come to know the love of Jesus Christ.
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