As serious inter-ethnic conflicts continue in the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, tensions have also increased between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan leading to violence along the border. For ethnic South Sudanese and Christians living in the Republic of Sudan there has also been persecution. Now, a global partner of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has seen its Bible school and church in Khartoum attacked and destroyed. According to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), a group of individuals has ransacked, burned, and looted the West Gereif Bible School, a Presbyterian church, and two independent churches.
The PC(USA) has a strong partnership with SPEC, but does not currently have any mission co-workers serving in the Republic of Sudan.
Presbyterian World Mission has been in communication with the leadership of SPEC regarding this incident, and a statement from the Moderator follows below.
Presbyterian World Mission and the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church ask all Presbyterians in the United States and Christians everywhere to continue to keep the PC(USA)'s global partners and all the people of Sudan and South Sudan in your prayers.
Statement from the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church
22 April 2012
Dear members and leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am here to inform you briefly about the news from Sudan concerning the burning and destruction of one of the most important places of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC). This occurred yesterday when more than 500 people from Ansaar Alsoona, which is a fundamentalist Islamic group, announced a jihad against Christianity and immediately attacked the Gereif Bible School and the West Gereif SPEC church on that same compound, as well as two independent churches in West Gereif. The group burned, destroyed, and looted everything in the churches and the Bible school including books, air conditioners, computers, photocopy machines, refrigerators and many other things. They even took the students’ things like books, bags, and clothes, and they burned them, as the students were not there.
SPEC Christians are assembling this afternoon (Sunday, 22 April 2012) at the West Gereif compound, which includes the Gereif Bible School and the church. So please, we need your prayers and the prayers of all churches in the United States, and even all the world.
Rev. James Par Tap
Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church