People of Sudan Receiving Aid in Uncertain Times…
Life in Sudan
Civil war and government instability has created a scene of violent tension in Sudan. The massive country divided into two separate nations in 2005 with the majority of Christians moving to the newly independent nation of South Sudan. More recently, Sudan is seeing the end of the harsh Islamic government of the overthrown ruler, Bashir. Now more than ever, Sudan’s future is full of uncertainty, but Christ’s love remains steadfast as Call of Hope’s Frontline Workers share the Gospel with the people.
A Little History
The First Sudanese Civil War, starting in 1955, was the result of the predominantly non-Muslim south rebelling against the Islamic governing that controlled the nation. Then, in 2005, South Sudan became declared autonomy from Sudan (later gaining complete independence in 2011). For the Christians that choose to remain in Sudan, life is extremely difficult. Under the government of Bashir, Christian evangelism was forbidden and Sharia Law was imposed in many parts of the nation. As of April 2019, this changed. After a violent military coup, Omar al Bashir, in power since 1989, was overthrown. Frontline Workers now have a unique opportunity to share the love of Christ like never before!
- Population: 42,400,000
- 162 People Groups
- 130 Unreached Groups
- 89% Muslim
- Unreached Total: 55%
- Language: Arabic
Publishing thousands of evangelical handbooks for new believers and Muslims.
Distributing contact information with literature for correspondence.
Hosting weekly Christian film events for both Christians and Muslims.
Training church representatives towards congregation growth and discipleship.
Humanitarian aid and medical care.
Discipling new believers with face-to-face meetings.
Follow-up meetings for Muslim seekers with on the ground discipleship and correspondence.
Call of Hope is dedicated to evangelism through multiple, creative techniques in Sudan. What sets our work apart is our on-the-ground discipleship follow-up after conversion.
Our evangelical efforts include: publishing literature with contact information for correspondence; book events for distribution and publicity; weekly Jesus film viewings; follow-through discipleship, and more. We are seeing thousands of Muslims respond the persistent love shown to them by our Frontline Workers.
Along with seeing more Muslims come to Christ, Call of Hope strives to see the new believers, from Khartoum to the remote villages of Sudan, connect with local churches to establish firm belief. To achieve this, we hold multiple seminars each year to train church representatives and leaders. This training strengthens the local church and allows congregations to take in thousands of new believers!
From Sudan’s capital of Khartoum to the villages far from the cityscapes, Call of Hope engages the Muslim popolation in creative and effective ways. Today that includes distribution of Christian literature distribution in the native language of Sudanese Arabic.
Our aim has been to publish and distribute books specifically designed to answer the questions asked by Muslims such as, “Do Christians worship three Gods?” and “Did Jesus really die for me on the cross?” Then, for new believers, thousands of Pocket Day Planners with Daily Scriptures. The response has surpassed what we could have hoped for.
All Call of Hope literature contains the contact information of our correspondence office. In this way. readers can gain more information that leads to discipleship and connection to a church home. Our Frontline Workers continue to engage with Muslims and new believers on a daily basis because of the relationships formed through the literature distribution. The result has been a need for church expansion and training as thousands more grow closer to Christ.
Call of Hope organizes highly anticipated, well-attended weekly film nights in Khartoum and the outlying villages that do not have movie theaters. In the villages, films are shown monthly. If the village is Christian, the Jesus Film alone is shown.
If the village is mixed Christian and Muslim or mostly Muslim, a secular health documentary is shown first (for example on HIV/AIDs) with a believing physician present to answer questions, followed by a long intermission where snacks and Christian literature are distributed and relationships are built.
Finally, the Jesus Film is shown with opportunity to ask questions and meet with believers after the film. In North Khartoum, our Frontline Workers show the Jesus Film in a large, walled, open-air church courtyard. This occurs on twice a week with approximately 500 Muslims attending, with Christian literature distributed to attendees afterward.
Ministry for Divorced Women
Call of Hope serves women in Sudan who have been divorced because of their faith in Jesus. These women are shunned by their families and often live in dire poverty without financial support, and many of them are imprisoned because of their faith and the cultural disgrace of divorce.
Under the leadership of our Frontline Workers, an experienced team of believing Sudanese women engage divorced women with the hope of Christ. For this project, thirty female church volunteers work with ninety widows to provide prison visits, food, water, blankets and fellowship.
We then train some of these women in various forms of microenterprise to build their capacities to support themselves, including: starting a chocolate business, making handicrafts with sewing machines, baking and other income generation methods.