By Open Doors SA
Sudanese government security agents closed down the 500-member Sudan Pentecostal Church (SPC) church building in Khartoum, which houses the Khartoum Christian Center (KCC) on Monday, August 25. They said the reason for the decision is the building was registered as an office, but was used as a place of worship. The security agents listed all property inside the church and gave a copy of the list to the church leaders before closing the building until they have applied for, and received government approval to use the building as a house of worship.
When some of the church leaders went to the security office with proof of ownership to stop them from closing the church, they were surprised to be shown an affidavit signed by a senior church board member declaring that the property was only to be used as an office and not as a church.
It is suspected that the member signed the affidavit under pressure and was told not to tell anyone.
“Please pray this case will be solved. The KCC leaders and pastors are very worried and desperate for a solution. They still do not know where they will hold services this week,” reported a local worker.
In July the government demolished the Sudan Church of Christ building in Bahri, North Khartoum and later the same month announced the freezing of permits for the construction of new churches.