TWR has launched a radio series aimed at bringing the hope and peace of Jesus Christ to Sudan, a nation torn by political instability, economic crisis and massive flooding.
The compilation of radio and digital media programs, called Hope for Sudan, is designed by TWR’s (also known as Trans World Radio) Arabic Ministries to bring timely biblical messages to the people of this North African country. In addition to the crises disturbing the nation, strict societal norms based upon Islamic law hold sway, making it difficult for the few indigenous Christians and seekers wishing to pursue the faith.
TWR is broadcasting a selection of programs in general Arabic – widely understood in the country – that connect well with the audience. However, the team is also building up its content in the Arabic-Sudanese dialect. The content includes devotions with an emphasis on God’s love, and it shares spiritual hope and comfort through Scripture and prayer. Listeners are encouraged to rely on God for help, giving them a reason to have real hope. The programs also provide practical information based on the audience member’s physical and emotional needs.
The broadcasts began airing on Oct. 26, 2020, via shortwave from an Africa-based transmitter site. Along with the hour of content being aired on shortwave, the programs can be streamed at arabicprograms.org and on social media platforms. The well-equipped follow-up team handles all the correspondence with listeners through email, social media, WhatsApp and phone calls.
“We rejoice for this new ministry opportunity, and we pray that it would be a blessing to many and that it would bring lasting fruit to the kingdom of God,” said the director of TWR’s Arabic Ministries, whose name is withheld based on security concerns.
With a population of over 45 million people, Sudan is the third-largest country by land area on the African continent. Most people groups in the country speak Arabic, and the Arabic culture predominates. A great majority of the population adheres to the Sunni Muslim faith, and there is a small Christian minority.
The plight of Sudanese believers made headlines a few years ago when Czech citizen and Christian aid worker Petr Jašek was arrested by the Sudanese government and charged with being a spy. He had to spend 445 days in prison before being released. Sudan is ranked seventh on Open Doors’ World Watch List for 2020 in terms of the level of persecution that Christian believers face.
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