THE MISSION SUDAN

 

The persecution of Christians in Sudan is systematic and more reminiscent of a policy of ethnic cleansing. Sudan is one of the few African countries that has consistently been on the World Watch List since its first use in 1993 for internal research purposes. The country’s rank on the list has been oscillating mostly between the top 10 and the top 20 countries.  Sudan has been designated a “Country of Particular Concern” by the US State Department since 1999.  Furthermore, for the past few decades, there has been no rule of law in Sudan —  press and media laws have been restrictive, and freedom of expression and religion has been highly curtailed.  The ethnic-cultural landscape is very diverse and complicated: Arab versus black, Muslim versus Christian.  The secession of South Sudan did not solve these problems; and the country’s deep Islamic roots make persecution of black Sudanese swift and fierce, as the majority of this group are Christian.  To make things worse, the government of Sudan is strictly implementing the policy of one religion, one culture, and one language.

 

Since the war broke out in the South Kordofan State between the Islamic Government of Sudan (GOS) and Sudan people Liberation Movement / Army (SPLM/A) in June 2011, the Islamic Government has gradually increased the persecution and pressure on the Christians in Sudan.

 

South Kordofan State is an area of 158,355 square kilometers, bordering Republic of South Sudan from the south, and Darfur from the west.  Kadugli is the capital city of the state of South Kordofan. The state is multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious, and has multiple languages (over 50 languages are spoken in the state).

 

Episcopal church of the Sudan Diocese of Kadugli covers the whole geographical area of South Kordofan State.  On June 6, 2011, the Government of Sudan destroyed the bishop’s house, guest house, and burned all diocesan headquarter buildings.  The government also looted everything within the cathedral, including the windows and doors.

 

Part of South Kordofan is under control of the Sudan People Liberation Movement /Army (SPLM/A) in the Nuba Mountains.  This area has 100 churches (congregations) with over 100 priests.  These people are suffering. The Government of Sudan is indiscriminately bombing civilians, churches, schools, and markets and many people have fled to Republic of South Sudan. Now over 200,000 thousand live in two refugee camps: Yida and AJung Thuk — others have fled to Uganda and Kenya.

 

The Mission Sudan is aiding this crisis by operating the Hope Primary School in the Nuba Mountains.  This school has 250 pupils, 9 teachers, and 4 non-teaching staff.  Because of the bombardments, fox holes have been dug out around the school so the people may have better protection from the violence.

 

The Mission Sudan is also helping by operating the Korkel Theological Institute (KTI).  The Episcopal church of the Sudan Diocese of Kadugli does not have enough resources to send pastoral students into neighboring countries to study theology.  The situation in Nuba Mountains is getting worse every year since war started in 2011 — but the good news is that the church is growing rapidly.  Thousands of people are joining the church each year — but over thirty tribes within Nuba Mountains have still not been reached with the Gospel.  KTI is training pastors to reach those tribes.

 

Though we always encourage everyone to give their full tithe to their local worshipping community (i.e. chapel or church), if you feel led to give an additional offering (over and above your tithe) to The Mission Sudan, you may send a check to:

Mission Chattanooga, 149 E. ML King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 30725 (designate the check "The Mission Sudan").

Alternatively, you can go online http://www.missionchattanooga.org/give.html.

After setting up an online giving account, please select "The Mission Sudan."  You may give a one-time gift, or even set up reoccurring monthly giving.  Finally, if you would like to make a bank transfer you may reach Jonathan at our accounting office by emailing office@missionchattanooga.org or calling 423-385-9398.