Category Archives: Persecution Stories

The Wicked Flee When No One Pursues…

The Wicked Flee When No One Pursues…

“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 The above blurry photo taken on a mobile phone outside a Federal Court in Khartoum is testimony to the fearlessness of Sudanese Christians. These brave souls are offering up their worship of imprecatory hymns outside a “trial,” […]

Our New “Normal”

Our New “Normal”

On the evening of July 14th, the world learned of the terror attack in Nice, France, by an Islamic extremist. This tragic event killed 84 people and injured scores of others. In the wake of this terrible event, and so many others in recent memory, the conversation quickly turned to how people need to prepare […]

A Bittersweet Victory

A Bittersweet Victory

In the distance, we could hear the pounding of artillery and the short, three-round bursts from AK-47s. We asked some passing soldiers what was going on, and they said a great battle was taking place in Karkarai, a large community in Sudan’s Nuba mountains. Through the help of a guide, we skirted around the fighting and […]

Crackdown on Christians Intensifies in Sudan

Crackdown on Christians Intensifies in Sudan

[Editor’s note: Our friends at NubaReports.org recently published a very informative story about the rise of Christian persecution in Sudan. News such as this should not surprise us, but it should motivate us to continue engaging in “Active Compassion” for our brothers and sisters.] — NubaReports.org Just a week before Christmas, security forces arrested Reverend Kowa Shamaal […]

Profiles of the Persecuted – Pastor Ali

Profiles of the Persecuted – Pastor Ali

Pastor Ali’s father was an early Nuba convert in his community. He was led to Christ by an Anglican Bishop named Oliver Allison. When his fifth son was born, he named him after the Bishop, but Allison’s friends shortened the name to “Ali.” Ali was raised a Christian in a Muslim-dominated area in Southern Kordofan. […]

Just Another Day in the Foxhole

Just Another Day in the Foxhole

By Ed Lyons For the 10 years I’ve worked with Persecution Project Foundation, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all over South Sudan. Mostly, it has been during times of peace. But recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Nuba mountains of northern Sudan to oversee PPF projects in an area which is an […]

“Suffering Children” vs. Children Suffering

“Suffering Children” vs. Children Suffering

By Brad Phillips In the April Africa Messenger, one of our directors, Matt Chancey, wrote about the importance of children not only to our ministry, but to the Church as a whole. He admitted that our work in Africa among marginalized communities had changed his perspective of where children fit into the social and religious equation. […]

Partners in “Crime”

Partners in “Crime”

By Brad Phillips Southern Kordofan State, a.k.a. “the Nuba mountains,” has been described in the historic 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as one of “three contested areas” in Sudan – the others being Abyei and Blue Nile State. For decades, the residents of the “three areas” have been isolated and marginalized by Khartoum. There are […]

A Death in the Family

A Death in the Family

Neima Abiad Idris (49) was a household name in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The Nuba people knew her as the “Peace Singer.” Her first Christian album was entitled, Faith is Essential to Achieve Our Goals. Her most recent album was a musical expression of her personal prayer and aspiration for the Nuba entitled, Building Peace, Forgiveness […]

Mass Rape and Mass Cover-Up

Mass Rape and Mass Cover-Up

SOLDIERS FROM THE SUDAN ARMED FORCES (SAF) ARRIVED AT THE SMALL VILLAGE OF TABIT IN NORTH DARFUR ON THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 31ST, ABOUT SIX MILES FROM WHERE THEY KEEP A SMALL BASE. What happened next is unclear. Villagers claim the soldiers drove the men away with the butts of their rifles. Then, they raped […]