John 16:2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
Two pastors in Sudan are facing the death penalty as their trial begins on charges of espionage and blasphemy. Sudan, a Muslim-dominated and controlled nation, regularly charges pastors with charges of blasphemy.
“This is not ‘something new’ for our church,” says the Rev. Tut Kony, pastor of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. “Almost all pastors have gone to jail under the government of Sudan. We have been stoned and beaten. This is their habit to pull down the church. We are not surprised. This is the way they deal with the church.”
Rev. Yat Michael and Rev. Peter Yen Reith were detained illegally in December 2014, released, and then recaptured in January.
David Curry of Open Doors USA said both pastors are married and have children.
“I’m fearful that they will execute these pastors for practicing their faith,” Curry said, according to Fox News.
Sudan is ranked sixth on the Open Doors list of the worst nations for persecution of Christians.
Sudan is known for the death sentence given to mother Miriam Ibrahim and forcing her to give birth while her legs were chained to the wall.