The Sudan Link
Leeds Diocese is linked with the Episcopal Church in Sudan. Our link opens a window on another part of the world helping to widen our horizons. The spirit of the link is partnership. Together we are members of the Body of Christ, so the link works both ways:
We receive as much as we give
- We respect each other
- We listen to each other
- We pray for each other
- We work on shared tasks
We aim to support and encourage our brothers and sisters who feel marginalised and oppressed in their own country, yet maintain their faith in Christ with great courage.
Learning from the lives of others
Join a group visiting Khartoum for two weeks to experience Sudanese life and culture and see their church in action.
Read the leaflet for more information, or email sudanlinkcontact [at] gmail.com
Remembering the Church in Sudan
A picture calendar for 2020 is available now, giving a reminder every day to pray for our fellow Christians in Sudan.
A5 size £3 A4 size £5
Order from: sudanlinkcontact [at] gmail.com
or collect from: Bradford Episcopal Area Office, Bingley, BD16 2ST
Visitors from Sudan 2019
Mama Samira and Mama Hewaya are key national leaders of work with women in Sudan. They visited our Diocese in October.
Mothers Union in Sudan has six priorities for its work:
> Education: 90% of members literate with skills
> Self-reliance as members, and as an organisation (financial, and growing and developing good leaders)
> Women able to fulfil their potential accessing decent livelihoods and ordination
> Peace in our homes, neighbourhood & nation (parenting and marriage)
> Light of Jesus seen across Sudan > Church united as one tribe - the tribe of God
Harassment and oppression
The Sudan Democracy First Group in a recent report commented on growing discrimination against Christians in Sudan. "An additional layer of discrimination becomes visible, when taking into account that large proportions of Sudanese Christians are originating from the conflict zones in the Nuba Mountains. Security forces have thereby additionally labelled their religious communities as a security threat."
The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has expressed concern over detentions of civil society activists and the continued crackdown on the press and religious minorities. “I am aware of incidents that appear to be harassment and arrests targeting representatives of civil society organisations held solely for legitimate actions which were to protect and promote human rights in Sudan.”
The need to ensure the protection of freedom of religion was also emphasised by the UN expert. “I refer here to the destruction of churches and places of worship by the NISS, which was also used to intimidate, detain and arrest Christian religious leaders.” He described these as legitimate concerns that the Sudanese government should address, given the importance of freedom of religion in any democratic society.
Church leaders say the authorities refuse to issue building permits when they submit applications for the construction of churches. Municipal housing projects for hundreds of thousands of people do not include any provision for Christians in the community to have a church centre.
Pray for Sudan
We have a Prayer Diary for Sudan
Other news about life in Sudan
Sudan’s Central Bureau of Statistics has reported that inflation has been running at over 34%, with the general food and beverage price index rising higher. This is an enormous pressure on the Christian community which tends to come from the poorer part of the population. Food and energy prices keep rising mainly due to a cut in subsidies last November. Meanwhile, Sudan has banned imports of meat and fish and raised import tariffs on other goods, pushing up inflation in a country that relies heavily on imported goods.
Use the menu to discover more about Sudan, initiatives we are working on and resources to understand more about life there.
|dale.barton720 [at] gmail.com (Revd Dale Barton)
Secretary to the Sudan Link Group
Contact Dale to join an email list and receive up to date news of Sudan