For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.
- Stats for Sudan
Christian south recently split from Islamic north, so may share some Islamic characteristics.
Top 25 Stats
Total Gospel Visits- 4.9 M (20th); Total Gospel Decisions- 453,000 (15th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Sudanese Arab (66.6%); Other Arab (6.9%); Horn of Africa- Cushite (6.6%); Ouaddai-Fur (5.7%); Nubian (4.6%); Nuba Mountain People (3.9%); Kanuri-Saharan (2.9%); Other Sub-Saharan peoples (2.9%, includes Niotic, Sudan, Others).
Agriculture and mineral deposits are the basis of the economy, but most live in poverty. Mismanagement, civil war, and famine have hindered the improvement of the economy. Sudan lost 1/4 of its territory and its people when South Sudan separated.
History / Politics
Joint British-Egyptian rule until independence occurred in 1956. Constant fighting between the Islamic, Arab north and the Christian, black south. Agreement was reached in 2005, and elections caused separation of South Sudan in 2011. Unrest and border disputes between the two Sudans continues to this day. There have been almost continuous wars and violence against minorities since 1956.
The Gospel grew despite the violence, persecution, and chaos in Sudan. Pray for peace and religious freedom so that Christians can worship openly. Praise the Lord that the churches have been unified throughout this time. Training of pastors and discipleship needs to increase; Some Christians practice animism.
Pray for religious freedom so that Christians can worship and share freely. Pray for greater discipleship and training materials for new believers and pastors. Pray for the slums of Khartoum, the capital, where people come looking for jobs.