We have been following the case of two pastors in Sudan who are currently on trial and could, if convicted, face the death penalty. Earlier this week VOM's Todd Nettleton did an interview with Mission Network News about the case.
Our friends at CBN news talked to the two pastors by phone at the jail where they are being held in Khartoum. CBN's Gary Lane filed this report:
Yat Michael and David Yein say they are unafraid even though they face possible execution in Sudan. The two Presbyterian pastors are accused of spying in Khartoum, and have been jailed since last December (Yein) and January (Michael).
On trial since May 19, they've been officially charged with "inciting organized groups" and "offending Islamic beliefs." Sudanese law (sharia) requires them to be executed if they are convicted.
Both Christians--who are from South Sudan--say they had no hidden agenda while visiting Khartoum; they were only answering God's call to share the Word with the people of Sudan.
In an exclusive CBN News interview, Senior International Correspondent George Thomas talked to the two pastors via telephone from their Khartoum prison cell.
"We want you to pray that this test be for the glory of God." ~Sudanese pastor David Yein
Yat Michael told Thomas while he has not suffered physical beating during his imprisonment, he has experienced psychological intimidation. Also, he said it has been two months since he's been allowed to talk with his family.
Speaking mostly in Arabic, David Yein told Thomas he is "not afraid of anything" because "God chose me to suffer." He asks that Christians pray that his suffering will "be for the glory of God" in the prison.
You can read Gary's full report, including video from CBN News and a transcript of the jail-house interviews, HERE.
Following the court hearing on Monday, the case was reportedly recessed until June 15. Please pray for Pastor Yat Michael and Pastor David Yein.