Sudan ranked fourth on Christian support organization Open Doors' 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians face most persecution. -Morning Star News
[God Reports] In a surprise move, Sudan has released shipments of Bibles long held in port, including one detained nearly six years ago, according to the head of the Bible Society in Sudan. (Photo: Shipment of Bibles/via God Reports)
The Rev. Ismail Abdurahman Kenani, Khartoum-based director of the Bible Society in Sudan, said port authorities had been delaying several shipments of Bibles in Port Sudan, on the Red Sea. Besides the shipment detained after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir began a crack-down on Christian institutions in 2012, another one detained a little over three years ago was among those released in early August, Kenani said.
The estimated 2 million Christians in Sudan have endured a critical shortage of Arabic-language Bibles, he said.
"We are even planning to put an order for another shipment, because the need is still great here for the Bibles," Kenani told Morning Star News.
Port authorities have long given no official explanation for detaining the shipments, though one official told the Bible Society they were held up because they exceeded the limit of one container at a time. Intentional bureaucratic barriers also seem to have been erected.
"We came to learn that proper documents for the shipments were intentionally misplaced by one of the officers of the port authority," Kenani said.
The church leader told Morning Star News that Sudan released the shipments two months ago, on Aug. 7.
"All things are in the hands of God," Kenani said... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here.
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