|% Urban:||35.6 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||40.2 %|
|Official Language:||Arabic and English|
|Literacy Rate:||72 %|
|Life Expectancy:||65.3 yrs (191/236)|
|HDI Ranking:||170 / 189|
|% Christian:||5 %|
|% Evangelical:||2.5 %|
|% Largest Religion:||91.7 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||131|
|% Unevangelized:||64 %|
|Persecution Ranking:||10 / 50|
Sudan has faced a tumultuous few years. Massive protests in 2018 eventually led to the arrest of the President and the end of his rule, 30 years after he seized power in a military coup. A transitional military-civilian government was formed in 2019. Two military coup attempts – the second one successful – followed in 2021 before transition to civilian rule could be completed. The Prime Minister was released and re-instated a month later, but then resigned in January 2022 after more massive protests against the deal he signed with the military. Sudan’s political and socio-economic future remain unresolved. Pray that the legacy of oppressive, militaristic rule in Sudan might be ended in Jesus’ name. Pray for a government that will oversee a flourishing of the country – most importantly through the rapid spread of the gospel.
The gospel spread through these many years of upheaval. Although the conflicts created terrible suffering, they made the Church more mature. The wars scattered Christian refugees throughout the country, so even through suffering the good news spread. Churches formed in places and among peoples that previously had no Christians! Praise God that this growth occurs across many denominations. Pray for them to find unity through Christ. The Islamic government bombed churches and other Christian buildings in the South, and specifically targeted Christian areas for attack. But many believers kept their faith, and even took the gospel to other ethnic groups during these hard times!
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