Thanks to our wonderful God working via Czechoslovakian diplomacy, Petr Jasek is now free and back with his family! But please keep Pastor Hassan and Mr. Abdumawla in prayer. These two Sudanese men are still in prison.
Petr Jasek, in his mid-fifties, has twenty years of medical experience including ten years as a hospital administrator. He has assisted Voice of the Martyrs in providing care to persecuted Christians in Sudan and Nigeria, including medical care for Christians attacked by Boko Haram.
Petr attended an international conference for Christian leaders in Sudan in November 2015. There he learned of injuries sustained by a student during a demonstration in Darfur. He volunteered to help fund the young man’s medical care. Pastor Hassan Abduraheem facilitated a meeting between Mr. Jasek and the young man in Khartoum and gave Mr. Jasek a receipt for his financial support.
Mr. Jasek was arrested when he tried to leave the country and has been in prison ever since—for an act of mercy toward an injured man. Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service claims that Mr. Jasek’s donation was in reality support for rebel militias in the war zone in South Sudan. Jasek, Pastor Hassan, and two other SCOC pastors (Reverend Shamal and Mr. Abdumawla) were imprisoned and charged last August with a number of false charges including waging war against the state and espionage.
Reverend Shamal was released after a judge concluded the case against him was baseless. But Pastor Hassan and Mr. Abdumawla have been sentenced to twelve years in prison. Mr. Jasek has been given a life sentence! Please pray for these three men.
The men have been detained illegally for months in cramped and unsanitary conditions. But Dr. Jason Peters of Voice of the Martyrs reported last November:
[Petr]’s actually been able to reach out to several people [in prison]. He says he’s sharing the Gospel just as effectively as he would outside of prison. They’re able to have worship services together, they’re singing together, they’re studying Scripture.
Through miraculous intervention he ended up having a Bible. So he is able to use it to encourage the other brothers there and to lead others to Christ who are in prison.
This brother is just an inspirational guy…. We were able to get word out from [Jasek], and he said,
“God holds the key to my cell. I’ve been talking about persecuted Christians in Sudan for years and now I find myself among them. I know God has called me to this place to minister to these brothers.”
Many Sudanese Christians have faced persecution, including Pastors Michael and Peter and Meriam Ibraheem. World Watch Monitor, a persecution watch group, has expressed that these cases are “representative of a much larger campaign by Sudan to eradicate Christianity.” Sudan is fifth on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List of countries where Christians face “extreme” persecution—Open Doors’ worst rating. Church buildings have been bombed and bulldozed and twenty-five churches currently face demolition orders. The International Criminal Court has also indicted the country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, for genocide and other charges.
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