A Christian denomination in Sudan is celebrating a court victory.
A criminal court in Sudan's capitol of Khartoum has dismissed a case against the Sudan Church of Christ.
In 2016, the government filed a lawsuit, and if it had won, it would have essentially meant that the state would have controlled the church.
Claire Evans of International Christian Concern explained that Christians in Sudan have been facing greater restrictions on religious freedom.
"During that time, a number of churches have been closed down, shut down – [with] pastors [and] Christians [being] arrested,” Evans pointed out. “You could see this tightening of restrictions on what little opportunities they already had to practice their faith."
Because of this environment, Evans told OneNewsNow that believers in Sudan were shocked when they found out that the case had been thrown out.
"They've really suffered a lot because of the intensity of persecution which is still going on in other areas, but at least this gives a glimmer of hope,” the advocate for the persecuted Church shared. “And it’s very welcome news for them, that the government's not able to – at this time – completely take control over the Church."
Evans maintains that the Church in Sudan still need prayers as Christians continue to stand up against religious persecution.