Wednesday, January 27, 2021
BODY OF CHRIST Another Church Building Demolished in Omdurman, Sudan

Another Church Building Demolished in Omdurman, Sudan

Like the post? Why not make it Facebook official. ⇊

(Morning Star News) – After bulldozing a Lutheran Church of Sudan (LCS) building on Oct. 21, authorities in the Karari area of Omdurman demolished the SCOC building on Oct. 27 without prior warning, church leaders said. Local authorities said the SCOC building was on government land, a claim church leaders adamantly denied.


 

General Michael Flynn defense fund Fellow patriots, please listen to this short, inspiring message from General Flynn. General Michael Flynn exemplifies patriotism, courage, and love of God and country - despite some of his own countrymen relentlessly attacking him. Donations for his defense are greatly appreciated. If you can only give $5.00, please do so - every little bit helps. Thank you so much, and God bless. Letter from General Flynn. 


“It seems that the government is systemically targeting churches in these times,” one church leader told Morning Star News. “They did not give us notice before the demolition.”

Church leaders said they have filed a complaint with the Ministry of Religious Guidance and Endowment but have received no response.

You Might Like

Karari officials in Omdurman, across the Nile River from Khartoum, reportedly authorized the demolition of the church building claiming it was built on government land allocated for a field. In the demolishing of the LCS church on Oct. 21, the local authorities said it was built on land allocated for business, though a mosque stands nearby.

The SCOC church, which has 120 members, was established in 1998.

SCOC church leaders said they would find it difficult for their congregation to find a place for Bible study and Sunday services in coming weeks. The Sudanese Minister of Religious Guidance and Endowments announced in April 2013 that no new licenses would be granted for building new churches in Sudan, citing a decrease in the South Sudanese population.

Members of the SCOC church said they had decided to hold Sunday worship in the open air at a nearby field early in the morning, before temperatures climb.

SCOC church leaders said they were issued ownership papers for the land but have been hard-pressed to find them.

“We are not happy with the act of demolition, but we cannot do anything now, given this difficult situation,” a church leader said.

In spite of the ban on new licenses for church buildings, church members were contributing funds toward a new worship structure for worship. The Sudanese government’s decision to issue no new church building licenses came after South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011, when President Omar al-Bashir vowed to adopt a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and the Arabic language.

Sudanese authorities on Feb. 17, 2014 demolished another SCOC church building in Omdurman without prior notice. Bulldozers accompanied by local police and personnel from of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) destroyed the worship building in the Ombada area of Omdurman, sources said.

Sudan since 2012 has harassed and expelled foreign Christians and bulldozed church buildings, usually on the pretext that they belonged to South Sudanese. They have also raided Christian bookstores and arrested Christians.

On Aug. 24, 2014, NISS agents padlocked the building of the 500-member Sudan Pentecostal Church (SPC) in Khartoum, which housed the Khartoum Christian Center (KCC).

Sudan fought a civil war with the south Sudanese from 1983 to 2005, and in June 2011, shortly before the secession of South Sudan the following month, the government began fighting a rebel group in the Nuba Mountains that has its roots in South Sudan.

Due to its treatment of Christians and other human rights violations, Sudan has been designated a Country of Particular Concern by the U.S. State Department since 1999, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the country remain on the list in its 2015 report.

Sudan ranked sixth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2015 World Watch List of 50 countries where Christians face most persecution, moving up from 11th place the previous year.

Besides recent government demolitions of church buildings, suspected Muslim extremists in Sudan’s eastern city of Al Qadarif set fire to an LCS church on Oct. 16.

Christians in Sudan are calling upon the government of Sudan to stop targeting churches for demolition.

“We urge the government to look into this issue seriously,” a church leader from the SCOC said.


Viewpoints expressed herein are of the article’s author(s), or of the person(s) or organization(s) quoted or linked therein, and do not necessarily represent those of TCP News

What you can do to help:

 

It is vitally important that we all take the time to like and share articles regardless of what site you are on. Conservative sites (like this one) cannot count on traffic from Facebook etc. any more. Subscribing is also important; this bypasses the censorship. The more that we can get the word out the better – and in order to continue bringing you content like this – we ALL need traffic in order to survive. Sign up for desktop notifications (the red bell symbol). Running a website is not only expensive, it also takes a lot of time and effort.

No one likes ads, but very few people will donate, hence the reason most of us have ads.

Besides donating and clicking on ads, you can make a purchase from our store and buy my book.

Don't forget to follow TCP News on Parler, USA Life, Gab, Facebook, and Twitter

TCP News is proud to be ranked #24 in the Top 40 Conservative Political Blogs

Thank you for helping us grow, we appreciate it!


LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related news

Sidney Powell Announces Formation of New Super PAC: ‘Restore the Republic’

Powell's super PAC will be focused on Constitutional rights, freedom of speech, and free and fair elections.   By TCP News Staff (TCP News)  Sidney Powell, along...

Abortion—The Issue that Will Not Die

Women who view ultrasound images often opt to not have an abortion.   By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min. (TCP News) Another anniversary of Roe v. Wade is upon...

Biden Just Handed China an Engraved Invitation to Sabotage the Already Weak U.S. Power Grid 

Joe Biden just reversed a Trump executive order banning China from participation of any kind in the U.S. power grid.   By TCP News Staff (TCP News) ...