Pray for Sudan

Learn about and pray for Sudan in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Sudan’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Specific prayer points are included in each email.

Introduction

Sudan’s tumultuous history, marked by ethnic and religious divisions, has led to significant challenges. Following independence from the UK in 1956, the contrast between the northern and southern regions fueled civil wars and the eventual separation of South Sudan in 2011. Although there have been efforts to reconcile the north and south, Sudan remains a spiritual and physical battleground. Christians constitute a minority in this predominantly Arab Sunni Muslim nation.

The division between northern Arab Muslims, who controlled the government, and the southern Sudanese majority has been a source of conflict. Civil wars and exploitation of southern oil fields contributed to the Darfur rebellion in 2004, leading to widespread displacement and casualties. Efforts for peace, led by the UN, aimed to heal a society scarred by ethnic discrimination.

Today, the majority of Sudan’s population practices Islam, with strong influence over law and government. Conversion to Christianity is legally punishable by death. While South Sudan enjoys relative religious freedom, Sudanese Christians face persecution, with those in the Nuba Mountains enduring the most severe hardship. There is a pressing need for unity among regional and denominational Christian communities in Sudan. Please pray for Sudanese believers to stand firm in their faith despite persecution and to come together as a united body of Christ.

Sudanese people walking in fields
map of Sudan

Fast Facts

Capital City: Khartoum

Population: 48 million (95% unreached)

People Groups: 170

Unreached People Groups: 141

Frontier People Groups: 82

10/40 Window: Yes

map of people groups in Sudan

Major People Groups: 14% Sudanese Arab; 9% Gaaliin; 4% Guhayna; 4% Beja (Beni-Amer); 4% Arab

Major Religions: Muslim 92%, Christian 5%

Language: Arabic

GDP Per Capita: $4,000

Literacy Rate: 61%

Did you know? Sudan is home to the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile rivers.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Sudan

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Sudan:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Arab, Sudanese Islam 15,305,000
2. Gaaliin Islam 3,845,000
3. Beja, Bedawi Islam 2,492,000
4. Guhayna Islam 2,328,000
5. Fur, Forok Islam 1,297,000
6. Shaikia, Arabized Islam 1,128,000
7. Gawamaa Islam 1,119,000
8. Kawahia, Fezara Islam 1,115,000
9. Bederia Islam 1,082,000
10. Dar Hamid Islam 865,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Sudan is ranked #10 on the 2023 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

Once a ‘good news story’, instability in Sudan has led to persecution intensifying.

Christian converts from Islam are still vulnerable to extreme persecution from both their communities and their own families. Since the military coup in 2022, four churches have been forced to close, and trying to build new churches is still extremely difficult. Although the death penalty for leaving Islam has now been abolished, there are fears that this punishment could be reinstated.

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Pray for Sudan

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