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Persecuted Christian in Sudan survives attack on his life

September 15, 2023 by Tim Dustin in Persecuted Christians in Sudan

Baballah was brought up in a Muslim family in Sudan’s Darfur region. He moved from his small town to the country’s capital to complete his high school studies. While he was at school, he met a student who shared with him about the Christian faith. The student presented Baballah a copy of the Bible. After reading through scripture, Baballah felt God speaking to him. He then gave his life to the Lord in 2021, during Ramadan.

Shortly after accepting Jesus, Baballah started to face persecution from the Muslim community—especially from his own relatives. His friends were among the first people to avoid him, before reporting him to religious leaders.

Just three months ago, before the current war broke out in Sudan, Baballah became the point of attack by radical Muslims. He was labeled an infidel who deserved to be killed. His relatives disowned him: “My relatives cut me off completely and ended their relationships with me. They outcasted me,” Baballah says.

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One night, around two o’clock in the morning, Baballah was confronted. Two armed men forcefully pushed their way inside his home and tried to enter the room where he and a friend were praying. The gunmen shouted before opening fire through the closed door.

Baballah prayed earnestly for safety and rescue. “I was praying seriously to God, lifting my hands and pointing to the door where the armed men were forcefully pushing,” he recalled. God answered.

“After opening my eyes, the armed men were nowhere to be found. I felt that God answered my prayer and did a miracle.” It was the first time in his life that Baballah felt the power of prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.

“That incident taught me how to depend on and trust God more and more. Even today, it remains my source of encouragement to pray and fast more.”

Baballah holds close Genesis 50:20, which says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

What a story of faith, even in the face of death. Join us in praying for Baballah.

God, we come before Your mighty throne on behalf of our brother, Baballah. We ask that You continue to grow his faith in You—even against so much adversity. He also has a heart to share his faith with others. Bless him with courage and protection as he shares with those who don’t know You—make a way into their hearts. And we also pray for Baballah’s family. Touch their hearts, that they will stop attacking Baballah and come kneel before You, the true King. We pray all of this in Your name. Amen.

Continue to check back on our blog as this is the first story of three-part series where we hear from former Muslims in Sudan. In our next blog, we’ll hear from Adel, a persecuted Christian in Sudan whose discrimination and isolation from others would lead him to start his own house church.

About the author
Tim Dustin is a staff writer for Global Christian Relief and counts it a blessing to be able to share the stories of the persecuted church with the rest of the world. Get an overview of Christian persecution on our website and read the latest stories at GlobalChristianRelief.org.

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