Masked attackers murdered a church pastor in Darfur, western Sudan, along with his wife and two daughters in the early hours of 2 March 2018. Before killing him, they demanded to know why he had not heeded their warnings to stop preaching about Jesus.
The attackers forced their way into Pastor Stephen Toms Abur’s house shortly after 1 am. They assembled the family in the living room and asked Pastor Stephen to explain why he had not responded to their warnings to stop preaching. In response, Pastor Stephen started telling them about Jesus. Barnabas Fund’s contact writes, “They became furious and started to kick him and beat him up seriously.”
The attackers then tried to force the pastor to violate his daughters, Rachel and Priscilla. He refused. “They then began by killing the girls first, then their mother [Beatrice], and finally the pastor himself. They were cut in pieces as though they were cows.”
A young boy who worked for the family witnessed the murders and only escaped death by hiding in the ceiling of the house.
After killing Pastor Stephen and his family, the attackers set fire to the church, where hundreds of Christian converts were sleeping; they have been disowned by their Muslim families and have nowhere else to go. Although some were seriously hurt, none died, which Barnabas Fund’s contact describes as a moment of divine intervention.