A Great Work

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” (Eccl. 4:9)

Dr. Ahmed examines infants at his hospital.

Dr. Ahmed examines infants at his hospital.

The war-torn Nuba mountains of Sudan have been under an Islamist government-imposed humanitarian blockade since June 2011.

Think about that for a minute.

That’s nearly eight years. Can you imagine living in your home state and being cut off from any trade for eight years (except the black market)?

None of us can imagine this because our states already have a lot of existing infrastructure, while the Nuba mountains are very rural and undeveloped.

For instance, there is only one referral hospital (Mother of Mercy) to serve a population of more than a million people. We complain about the expense of medical care in the States, yet most of us live relatively close to a hospital. Not in the Nuba. Many people must walk or be carried for days (there are few working vehicles).

Together with our prayer and financial partners, PPF is trying to change this.

PPF supports Dr. Ahmed’s hospital, which serves the persecuted church in Sudan’s Nuba mountains. Construction continues despite shortages and expense of building materials.

PPF supports Dr. Ahmed’s hospital, which serves the persecuted church in Sudan’s Nuba mountains. Construction continues despite shortages and expense of building materials.

Ahmed Zakariah was introduced to us by Dr. Tom Catena, who runs Mother of Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ahmed is heroically trying to build another hospital in the Nuba despite the humanitarian blockade.

This project is a Herculean effort and one that we (with the support of our ministry partners) have decided to support with our whole heart.

We’ve already received some very generous donations towards constructing the hospital’s Maternity Ward. Dr. Ahmed is also completing a Children’s War, improving the existing surgical theater, and even building staff quarters for visiting doctors and nurses.

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While this construction is ongoing, and necessarily slow due to the shortages and expense of building supplies, Dr. Ahmed’s hospital still treats an average of 3,000 patients per month!

Dr. Ahmed’s hospital is supported by Persecution Project’s Medical Program, which has also provided more than 70% of the medicines available to the Nuba people. Medicine is distributed to 178 smaller clinics spread around the mountains. We love visiting these small, remote clinics and seeing shelves stacked with boxes of antimalarials, antibiotics, and other important pharmaceuticals.

Hospital Lab

Hospital Lab

One of Dr. Ahmed’s patients

One of Dr. Ahmed’s patients

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Please visit NubaHospital.com to learn how you can directly support this important ministry. Above all, please pray for open doors and open hearts to see this work to completion - for it truly is a great work, and we don’t want to quit!

Persecution Project Emergency Borehole Repair Team

“Water is life,” and safe water can prevent 80+ percent of all disease in Africa. This is the reason why Persecution Project’s Emergency Borehole Repair Program is one of the most important outreaches our Safe Water Projects supports. By repairing broken well pumps, we literally give the gift of life to our brothers and sisters living in embattled communities.

In 2018, 133 broken boreholes were repaired by our team in the war-torn Nuba mountains of Sudan. You can help us continue this valuable work in 2019 by supporting our Safe Water Projects. As little as $1,000 repairs a well providing 1,000 people with pure, clean water. That’s just $1 per person!

Without access to safe water

Without access to safe water

Safe water well repaired by PPF

Safe water well repaired by PPF


Ministry Outreach Update

Our management team began 2019 budgeting for more safe water projects, more medical outreaches, and more relief and shelter campaigns. With the continued support of our financial and prayer partners, and God’s continued grace, we will continue to serve the persecuted.

Nuba girls receive Dignity Kits.

Nuba girls receive Dignity Kits.

Bibles and New Testaments are handed out with our emergency relief packs.

Bibles and New Testaments are handed out with our emergency relief packs.

Below, distributions of Bible Radios, clothing, shelter tarps, Bibles and relief packs are a blessing to the Nuba people.

Let us continue to pray for the persecuted in Sudan.

JLTC Pastor Training Conference

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Persecution Project’s partnership with the Jebel Lopit Training Center in South Sudan continues to be a springboard for ministry and training throughout this volatile region of the world.

These photos come from a recent Pastor and Evangelist conference held at the center. These men are not only leaders of their congregations, but their growing communities as well. Peace and reconciliation in the two Sudans will come primarily from leadership cultivated from the ground up.

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Partners in "Crime"

PPF’s Matt Chancey (extreme left) with Renew World Outreach team members and ministry partner Helen Boyd (center).

PPF’s Matt Chancey (extreme left) with Renew World Outreach team members and ministry partner Helen Boyd (center).

Bringing active compassion to the people of the war-torn Nuba mountains of Sudan is a crime— at least to the Islamist government of Omar al Bashir.

But PPF could not do what we do without several partners in “crime.” One such partner is Renew World Outreach from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Renew provides PPF with most of our high tech solutions for evangelism in remote and difficult areas.

Renew manufactures our Evangelism Backpacks, as well as Lightstream Wifi platforms which set up closed Internet “cafes” where users can download evangelistic content to their smart phones. And yes, like CocaCola, smart phones are virtually everywhere in Africa, including the remote Nuba mountains of Sudan!

Evangelism Backpacks ready to ship!

Evangelism Backpacks ready to ship!

The Beginning of the End?

Omar al Bashir

Omar al Bashir

Thirty years ago, Sudan dictator Omar al Bashir came to power through a military coup.

Today, it looks more and more likely that Bashir may suffer the same fate as his predecessor, as the capital Khartoum, and other cities, descends into chaos and riots.

Bashir and his cronies have lived large and treated the great wealth of Sudan as their own private ATM. The consequences for normal people have been increased poverty and hardship.

The currency has collapsed along with the job market. Prices on basic goods are going through the roof. Weeks of demonstrations (mostly peaceful) have received a brutal response from Bashir’s government. Live bullets have been used against protesters and doctors, too. Sudan’s secret police have killed dozens and beaten thousands. Thousands more have been imprisoned without trial.

Journalists, membership of the political opposition, and basically anyone Bashir feels threatened by are especially targeted for beatings and imprisonment.

Bashir has survived riots before… but not like this. City Imams are denouncing him, as well as the local police. The political opposition is calling for blood. Never before has Bashir been boxed in so tightly.

Protesters demonstrate in Sudan’s capital.

Protesters demonstrate in Sudan’s capital.

Whether he can wiggle his way out remains to be seen.

Sudan needs prayer right now. If Bashir is removed from power, who would replace him? Would this new leader be better - or worse - for the people, including the growing Christian minority in the country?

Regardless of what comes of the present upheavals in Sudan, Persecution Project will continue the ministry of active compassion to the persecuted church.

While Sudanese soldiers crush protesters in Khartoum, PPF continues to work with the indigenous church in the Nuba mountains to bring the gospel message of hope and reconciliation through works

SPECIAL DELIVERY: PPF's 2018 Christmas Airlift

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At time of publication, during the months of November and December of 2018, Persecution Project successfully conducted nine crisis relief flights to bring a total of 58.5 metric tons of aid and encouragement to our brothers and sisters under siege in Sudan’s war-torn Nuba mountains.

The Nuba region is about the size of the State of Georgia, but there is only one open road where supplies can make it in (and then only after great difficulty and expense!).

PPF’s “Special Delivery” consisted of emergency refugee kits, hospital building materials, Bibles, shelter tarps, compact emergency food, medicine, and more.

The war in the Nuba is in its 8th year. Eight years of a humanitarian blockade. Eight years of isolation and abandonment by the international community. No sign of lasting peace or a resolution that guarantees anything close to freedom for the Nuba people and the Nuba church.

And yet, for those of us privileged to go to the Nuba to deliver your active compassion, we find morale very high. The churches are full. Worship services are genuinely joyful. It’s no wonder we’re seeing impressive growth of local congregations.

Armed with print and audio Bibles, evangelism backpacks, and other materials provided by PPF, teams of Nuba evangelists from local churches swarm over the hills delivering a much-needed message of forgiveness, peace, and reconciliation.

God is doing a great work in this remote, but strategic area of Africa. It has long been the goal of the Islamists in Khartoum, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood worldwide, to use Sudan as the launching pad to spread radical Wahhabism to sub-Saharan African countries. The Nuba church is a massive wall holding back this wave of extremism. But more than a wall of defense, the Nuba church is on the offense. Its weapons are the Sword of the Spirit, and a love for the lost.

We feel it is a great privilege to stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters, who are not idly waiting for deliverance from their troubles. They know they are not the real victims in this war. The real victims are the perpetrators, whose hearts are enslaved to darkness. Only the love of Christ can set them free.

Because of your compassion and faithful support, the Nuba church is being equipped with the tools it needs to continue the work of witness. Those tools are not just the physical help… but the even more essential items of compassion, encouragement, and hope.

Motorbikes for Pastors

Motorbikes for Pastors

Medicines

Medicines

Shelter Tarps (above) and food, blankets, backpack projectors, clothing, building materials, and encouragement (below).

Shelter Tarps (above) and food, blankets, backpack projectors, clothing, building materials, and encouragement (below).

A House of Healing: One Doctor's War... Against a War

Dr. Ahmed Zakariah

Dr. Ahmed Zakariah

We knew of Dr. Ahmed Zakariah long before we met him. His fame began to spread when he completed his residency with real American Hero Dr. Tom Catena at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the war-torn Nuba mountains of Sudan.

Dr. Ahmed saw how Mother of Mercy struggled to keep up with the unending stream of patients flowing through its doors. He knew what he had to do.

Dr. Ahmed travelled several hours from Mother of Mercy to an area choked with internally displaced refugees fleeing the destruction at the front lines. He found an old clinic and began seeing patients. First dozens. Then hundreds. Then more.

Dr. Ahmed (right) in surgery with Dr. Tom Catena.

Dr. Ahmed (right) in surgery with Dr. Tom Catena.

Today, Dr. Ahmed’s little clinic treats an average of 3,000 patients per month.

It is simply not an adequate space for the growing needs of the Nuba community.

That’s why Dr. Ahmed started building his hospital— with no money or outside support and in the middle of a war zone surrounded by government forces which want to kill or drive away every Nuba inhabitant!

Crazy? For sure.

But love can make you do “crazy” things. And Dr. Ahmed loves his people.

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In the spring of 2015, the Islamist government forces of Sudan launched a major offensive against the Nuba. The PPF team was in the Nuba delivering medical equipment to Dr. Tom’s hospital at the same time. The team also carried a gift for Dr. Ahmed— a quad bike he could use to move around and make house calls.

The Children’s Ward

The Children’s Ward

Our team was informed that Dr. Ahmed was at his clinic but had nearly been killed the day before in a bombing attack. We immediately drove the several hours to see Dr. Ahmed and found him treating victims of the bombing that had nearly killed him. He showed us the marks where several tiny shrapnel pieces entered the small of his back, and we thanked God he had been spared.

The Maternity Ward

The Maternity Ward

Dr. Ahmed was grateful for his quad bike and gave us a tour of his “hospital.” At the time, only the Children’s Ward was under construction. The community pitched in to provide bricks and manual labor. Someone even donated an old generator and welding machine. But there was no fuel to run the generator and no welding rods or rebar or anything else to complete the building.

Current patients

Current patients

Our team was moved by Dr. Ahmed’s vision and seemingly unquenchable optimism — even during that very bleak time in 2015. This was a man who knew exactly what God wanted him to do with his life.

Today, a Children’s Ward is in use, and Dr. Ahmed has begun construction on the Maternity Ward.

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Dr. Ahmed’s vision is very ambitious and it may seem a little crazy. But it’s also inspiring. This man didn’t wait for someone to come along and help. He saw a need and got active.

We want to help Dr. Ahmed complete his hospital. But building a hospital in the middle of a war-zone, surrounded by a humanitarian blockade, is no easy task. It is not cheap, either. But it is a matter of life and death for many thousands of Nuba residents.

To help Dr. Ahmed, PPF has launched a new campaign: NubaHospital.com

The hospital laboratory

The hospital laboratory

This campaign allows you to not only contribute towards the construction of Dr. Ahmed’s hospital, but also to share the need with your own community and recruit them to join the effort with you.

Please visit NubaHospital.com today to learn more about how you can help a courageous man build a House of Healing for the persecuted!

Campaigns of Compassion

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Persecution Project’s ministry programs are divided into four mission areas: Safe Water, Relief and Shelter, Medical, and Discipleship and Evangelism.

To support these programs, PPF has started, and will continue to develop, campaigns of active compassion. These campaigns not only allow you to support an important outreach to our persecuted brothers and sisters, they provide the tools to compound your love by recruiting your friends and family to join your effort.

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For this edition of Africa Messenger, we’re featuring two PPF Campaigns of Compassion for your consideration: DignityDrive.com and GotDairyGoats.com.

GOTDAIRYGOATS.COM

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Sustainable famine relief is a major need in areas wracked by natural and man-made disasters. Our persecuted brothers and sisters in Sudan’s Nuba mountains have been subject to a government-imposed blockade since 2011. Added to this challenge has been years of inconsistent rainfall, causing crop failure in major agricultural districts.

To tackle this need, PPF has launched a campaign to provide dairy goats to select communities. Goats are very hardy animals and do well in the harsh climate of Sudan.

Moreover, they have lots of “kids”, providing a growing source of milk and meat to fill the gaps caused by famine conditions.

There will always be a need for emergency food outreaches in times of war, famine and persecution. But PPF’s Dairy Goat campaign is providing a long-term, sustainable solution to the Nuba food supply.

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One dairy goat costs just $70 and is a gift that keeps giving day-after-day, year-after-year. Please visit GotDairyGoats.com today, to find out how you can bless the persecuted church in Sudan with sustainable famine relief.

DIGNITYDRIVE.COM

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As a ministry serving in conflict-ridden areas, we tend to focus on “major” needs like emergency food, medicine, shelter, etc. But sometimes “little” things can often have a bigger impact than one thinks.

We’ve found this to be the case with our Dignity Drive. By providing thousands of women with comfortable, reusable feminine hygiene kits, we encourage and energize the major life-force of community in the two Sudans.

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Women who lack access to a safe, hygienic monthly solution miss out on educational and economic opportunities— not to mention exposed risk to higher rates of infection and disease.

For $20, we can provide a Dignity Kit to a woman or girl in need. More importantly, we provide encouragement and a reminder that we serve a God Who provides for all of our needs.

You can mobilize your church community to join you in contributing to make PPF’s Dignity Drive a continued success. Please visit DignityDrive.com today!

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A Call for Dignity

by Rachel Starkey

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:34b)

Many years ago, my husband and I established a factory that manufactures clothing. It was our aim to sustainably help some vulnerable women gain employment where we live in Egypt.

Thank you!

Thank you!

During this time, I learned of another dire need. In East Africa, 80% of women lack access to sanitary pads (60M women!) and 43% are under 15 years old (25.8M). One in ten adolescent girls miss school during menses. And these shocking numbers go up in more remote, war-torn areas like Sudan’s Nuba mountains.

I kept thinking, “What if this was me? What if this was my daughter? How would I manage the shame and lack of dignity if I didn’t have access to reliable sanitary protection?”

And what about health and hygiene? Think of the millions of women living in areas without access to safe water. Infection rates are significantly higher, further contributing to missed educational and economic opportunities.

The EVA Dignity Kit

The EVA Dignity Kit

I decided to dedicate our left-over fabric to create EVA Dignity Kits, an affordable three-year solution for women living in the developing world.

Each Kit contains 2 pair of underwear, 2 waterproof shields, 6 reusable pads, a bucket, soap, and a drawstring bag.

When Persecution Project approached me about partnering together to serve women in the two Sudans, I was excited to support their work.

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And when I saw Brad’s picture of a girl holding up the piece of bark and string (her previous monthly solution for menses), and then the joy on her face as she now held a soft EVA Dignity Kit, it made all the prayer, sweat, and tears worth it. And I learned through the experience just how much God loves His daughters and provides for our every need.

PPF’s Dignity Dive is one of the most important projects I’ve ever had the joy to support, and I invite you to join us in this wonderful movement.

Please visit www.DignityDrive.com today to learn more about how you can help clothe more of our sisters in dignity.

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"She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Prov. 31:25