A New Dawn for the Church in Sudan

As someone who has a longstanding involvement in and commitment to the church in Sudan, this news, reported by Christian Today, is a cause for much rejoicing.

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Muslim government officials attend Christmas service at Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church on Dec. 25, 2019.(Facebook)

In stark contrast to his predecessor, Sudan’s new minister of religious affairs last week attended a long-persecuted church’s Christmas service.

Following the Sudanese government’s announcement of Christmas as a public holiday for the first time in eight years, Minister of Religious Affairs Nasr al-Din Mufreh accompanied senior government officials at the Christmas Day service of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church – a congregation the previous Islamist government had harassed for years.

At a press conference after visiting several churches in Khartoum on Christmas Day, the Muslim leader sent a strong signal of religious coexistence to Christians in a country where they suffered for their faith under former President Omar al-Bashir.

“I tender my apology for the oppression and the harm inflicted on you physically, by [the prior government’s] destruction of your temples, the theft of your property and the unjust arrest and prosecution your servants and confiscation of church buildings,” Mufreh said, according to Radio Dabanga.

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