It is no secret that Sudan is one of the worst places for Christians to live. The country is ruled by Muslims according to Sharia law. This has made it tough for Sudanese Christians to live out their faith in peace.
The Christian Times reports
Petr Jasek’s video is being used as a major piece of evidence against him. In the video, a man is seen describing how he got his burn wounds. While Jasek said the Christian man was violently attacked by Muslims, the man has denied such an incident. The man claimed the accused had just misinterpreted his words because he got the injuries from a car accident, the report relays.
It seems that the man in the video is fearful and has now changed his story. It is not surprising, especially when we consider that the man has already faced considerable pain through persecution. To speak the truth in defense of this foreigner would only leave him once again the center of Muslim attention.
Petr’s trial begins in March, and though Czech diplomats have worked to get him released, there seems to be little progress made on that front. And this is not an area that the Sudanese are unfamiliar with.
The Times continues
In December 2015, two missionaries were held without charges in Sudan. Authorities arrested Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) head of missions Kwa Shamaal on Dec. 18 and released him three days after. SCOC moderator Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor, however, is still detained, according to the Baptist Press earlier in February.
The two pastors were reportedly arrested for spreading the word that Christians were being persecuted in the country, the report adds.
Apparently the Sudanese government does not want the world to know the extent of their persecution of Christians. Praise God for men like Petr and these local pastors. Their bravery in the face of persecution shows their love for the Lord and His people.
May God grant them deliverance.