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Sudanese Gospel Resources

A special welcome to all visitors of Sudanese heritage! This page contains links to Bibles, stories and web sites written in Sudanese which tell about Jesus and His love for the people of Sudan.

Many followers of Jesus are praying that God will bless the Sudanese people, and some of the links on this page have information to help them learn more about the language and culture of Sudan.

Thank you for visiting. May the grace and peace of God be yours today!

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Sudanese Bibles

Online Bible:

You can listen to an audio version of the Sudanese New Testament online at AudioScriptures.org.

Sudanese Bible to purchase:
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The Sudanese Bible Society gives this report on their work:

The Nuer Bible is now complete and was due to be launched in early January 2000. Nuer-speakers are very excited about having the Bible in their language. The Moru Bible is currently being produced and we hope to receive it during 2000 this is a significant step in reaching the Moru people in their own language. Translation work continues on the Dinka Padang and Shilluk Bibles. Work on the Lutho New Testament is also on schedule. There are plans to print the Gospel of Luke in Lutho.

Find online, audio and print Bibles in 250 languages at Bibles in Your Language.

Background Info on the Sudanese People

SIL Ethnologue lists 142 languages spoken by the people of Sudan, including SUDANESE SPOKEN ARABIC (15 million), BEDAWI (951,000), DINKA dialects (1 million+), NUER (740,000), HAUSA (418,000), ZANDE (350,000), NOBIIN (295,000), BARI (226,000), KANURI (195,000), OTUHO (185,000), SHILLUK (175,000), and MASALIT (145,000).

According to the World Factbook, 35 million people live in Sudan. Ethnic groups are listed as: 52% black, 39% Arab, 6% Beja, and 2% foreigners. Religion is 70% Sunni Muslim (in the north), 25% indigenous beliefs, and 5% Christian (mostly in the south and Khartoum).

Arabic is the official language, and other languages include Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Nilotic, Nilo-Hamitic, Sudanic languages, and English.

17,000 young boys, mostly from the Dinka and Nuer people groups, were displaced from Sudan in 1987. Forced to walk hundreds of miles to safety in Ethiopia, these young men became known worldwide as the "Lost Boys of Sudan." Many of these young men are being resettled today, and hundreds are being welcomed to new lives in the USA. For more information on the Lost Boys, read:

Sudan101.com publishes a detailed prayer profiles for 13 specific people groups of Sudan.

Profiles of People Groups of Africa includes information on the Dinka and the Fur people groups.

One of the best introductions to the culture and customs of Sudanese is the 4-page Culturegram published by Brigham Young University. You can download a 4-page pdf file for $4.

Houghton-Mifflin (a textbook publisher) has published The Lost Boys of Natinga: A School for Southern Sudan's Young Refugees, by Judy Walgren. Designed for young readers (age 9-12), it is a photojournalist's account of her 3 month visit to a school for Sudanese refugees in 1994.

Nuer Journeys, Nuer Lives: Sudanese Refugees in Minnesota, by Jon D. Holtzman is an anthropological study of a small refugee community in the USA.

Information for Churches

Perhaps you've noticed that several Sudanese families have moved into your community. Your church would like to get acquainted with them and find ways to serve your new neighbors. But how can you begin?

Begin your preparation by cultivating a loving heart, a listening ear, and the habit of prayer. Look for opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop skills for cross-cultural communication. There are lots of resources on this site, including the article "How to Start a Cross-Cultural Ministry," that can help you prepare to move forward in faith.

The Jesus Film is a great way to share the gospel in the "heart language" of your Sudanese neighbors. Campus Crusade for Christ has produced this beautiful film of the gospel of Luke and translated it into over 600 languages, including Sudanese Spoken Arabic, two Dinka dialects, Nuer, Hausa, Zande and Bari. Your church can buy a video for less than $20 and sponsor a "Sudanese Night" to show the film and begin a dialogue. Ask Sudanese leaders in the community if they would like to see the film and if they'll help you invite other families.

To order the Jesus Film, visit Jesusfilm.org. Or order by phone from Campus Crusade at 1-800-432-1997.

"The Lost are Found: Sudanese teens find new home in New England." is a story about the experiences of a Lutheran woman in Boston who became a foster parent to three teenage Sudanese refugees.

Missions Working in Sudan

The Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church provides scholarships to a Bible school in Ethiopia to train Sudanese pastors.

Recommended Reading

The Bible or the Axe:
One Man's Dramatic Escape from Persecution in the Sudan

by Paul Gray
William O. Levi
Winepress Publishing, 2004

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