• The government to keep its promises to South Sudan. Pray for peace between these two nations. (The Bible, Proverbs 5:22)
  • The tearing down of the strongholds of Islam. Plead with the Lord for the souls of the Muslims in Sudan. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)
  • The salvation of Umar al-Bashir and other key leaders in the government. Ask the Lord to raise Christians to positions of influence. (The Bible, Daniel 2:21)


Find ministries and organizations working in North Sudan at Joshua Project | North Sudan.


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Population: 34,848,000
Total People Groups: 164
Unreached People Groups: 128
Region: South/East Africa
Official National Language: Arabic (Standard)
Secondary National Language:  Arabic (Sudanese Spoken)
Persecution Ranking: 16
Percentage of People in Poverty: 40%

Sudan was the largest country on the African continent. For decades it has been divided into an Arab/Muslim North and a black African/Christian South. In 2011, however, the South voted to secede from the North. North Sudan’s leader, President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, is considered one of the worst dictators in the world. Terrorist elements of al-Qaeda, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and the Lord’s Resistance Army are active in the nation. And the infamous Janjaweed (literally “devils on horseback”), a government-backed militia, has continued to carry out a brutal genocide in the Darfur region.

Sudan’s recent civil war resulted in peace for the south, bringing an opportunity to rebuild its devastated infrastructure. Christians need major help in rebuilding this region, such as support for schooling for refugees, medical assistance, training, rebuilding, and aid for those in strife-torn Darfur.

North Sudan is predominantly Islamic and residents are ruled by Sharia law, where converting from Islam to another religion is considered apostasy. Conversion is punishable by death, although that penalty is rarely carried out. Instead, converts are generally regarded as outcasts by their families and face severe social pressure to recant, and southern Christians who reside in the North suffer from social, educational, and job discrimination. The Constitution, which was implemented in early 1999, does provide freedom of religion for the Sudanese.  In practice, however, the Government severely restricts this right and treats Islam as not only the state religion but also the inspiration for the country's laws, institutions, and policies.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors