“Let the peoples praise Thee, O God; let all the peoples praise Thee!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!” Psalm 67:3-4
Sudan in the Bible
It was an honour to go to a land that has a rich heritage in the Bible and in missions’ history. Sudan, known in the Scriptures as Cush, has a lineage of Christianity going back to A.D. 37. In Acts 8, the evangelist Philip was led by God to encounter the treasurer of queen Candice from modern-day Sudan. We read that Philip explained the Scriptures, “preached Jesus to him” and then baptised him. This man from Sudan would go back to his queen with the greatest treasure of all – the message of salvation.
This is not the only mention of Sudan, or Cush, in the Bible. There are numerous mentions and prophecies about this land. Such examples are found in 2 Kings 19:1-9, Isaiah 37:1-10, Jeremiah 38:7-13, Nahum 3:9-10, to name a few. Perhaps the most exciting is the promise in Psalm 68:31 which reads:
“Cush will submit herself to God”
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"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations." Psalm 22:27-28
Below is contained a report on our most recent mission in January and February to refugee populations from the worst holocaust of the 21st century, perpetrated by the government of Sudan on the peoples of Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. The journey began in Juba, South Sudan and quickly moved North into Sudan and then Chad.
“Cush will submit herself to God.” Psalm 68:31
In the Bible, the land of Cush (present day Sudan) is referred to 52 times, making it the second most mentioned place in Scripture. People of Cush have been submitting themselves to God for centuries. In fact, Southern Sudan is the oldest Christian community in Africa. For more than 60 years now, they have been a bulwark holding up the southward expansion of Islam in Africa. The first leg of the mission our team moved over 1400lbs of Bibles, solar powered Bibles, Jesus Film kits, ECS courses and other discipleship materials from Juba, South Sudan to Yida Refugee Camp which is approximately 14 miles from the border of North Sudan. Below is an overhead shot of Yida Refugee Camp, home to over 90,000 homeless people from 65 tribes and approximately 90 people groups.
“O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: ‘Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?’ Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me.” Jeremiah 8:18-19,21
In the Scriptures, Cush (present day Sudan) is referred to 52 times making it the second most mentioned place in the whole Bible. The Word of God declares that something of world-wide significance will happen in Sudan (Isaiah 18). What could this possibly be?
“If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:13-15
“O my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: ‘Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?’ Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me.” Jeremiah 8:18-19,21.