The Heartbeat of Outreach: Powerful Women of Faith in Sudan's Nuba Mountains


Cabina is a mother of five children in the Nuba mountains of Sudan. She’s also the wife of a pastor— a very busy pastor. Pastor Morris shepherds his own congregation, and coordinates 100 others in a land on the perpetual edge of famine due to a government-imposed humanitarian blockade.

  Cabina (rear center) and her family

Cabina (rear center) and her family

  Pastor Morris and Cabina

Pastor Morris and Cabina

Persecution Project has worked with Morris since the war began in 2011. He coordinates the receipt and distribution of hundreds of tons of relief, shelter, and food items as well as other important outreaches.

But, honestly, as much as we love Morris, Cabina is extra special. There are no hotels in the Nuba mountains. When people travel, they stay with families. And Cabina’s hospitality is legend. You know this by how many locals are in her home everyday.

To say Cabina has a revolving door of hospitality is a dramatic understatement. A revolving door wouldn’t turn fast enough to allow in half the people Cabina feeds, disciples, laughs with, and blesses every day. Every. Single. Day.

When PPF’s team arrives, it’s nearly always unannounced. There’s no working cell network in the Nuba, and satellite internet connections are few and far between. So what typically happens is that the PPF team drives up with several people needing food, beds, fresh water for showers, and rest.

Cabina doesn’t miss a beat. She’s always joyful to see more company. Instantly, she commands her battalions to build the fires, pluck the chickens, slaughter the hogs and goats, fetch the water and make the beds (her own family’s beds for guests to use).

She knows we love the local drink made from the baobab tree, so she makes gallons to quench our thirst. In the evening, she organizes children, many of whom have lost parents to the war, to sing hymns of praise to welcome our arrival.

  These orphaned children sang for us outside of Morris and Cabina's home, where they receive daily food...

These orphaned children sang for us outside of Morris and Cabina's home, where they receive daily food...

Cabina doesn’t live in a five bedroom house on 10 acres with all the latest gadgetry for hospitality. She has a small compound with a few small buildings. A total of four rooms. She has no plumbing. No electricity. No phone. The local well pump is overused due to a large population of internally displaced Nubans and routinely breaks, forcing the family to drink muddy water from hand-dug wells.

  Visitors looking for help

Visitors looking for help

Life is hard.

But Cabina soldiers on with a smile and a song on her lips. Cabina is the single greatest testimony of joy we have found in Sudan. She and her husband are not only a keystone in their community, they are heroes. Undisputed heroes.

You may be wondering “Why don’t you help this woman more so she doesn’t have such a hard time?” Good question. The short answer is that we do help Morris and Cabina— but they pass it on. They give to everyone— including enemy prisoners of war detained close to their home.

We often joke that compared to Cabina, the Proverbs 31 woman was an under-achiever. We are so blessed to know her and serve with her. We wish you all could meet her. For now, please remember her in your prayers. She needs a super helping of grace to endure the strain of daily life. She’s human after all. She may not be a literal “superwoman,” but Cabina certainly gives a fair impression of one. She feels your love and begs us every time to send greetings to her American family when we visit.

She prays for you. Will you pray for her?


  Medina and her family

Medina and her family

Medina is a young mother of three. Her husband serves in the Nuba army, an unpaid force which has acted as a shield to the Nuba people of Sudan for nearly seven years.

  Helping distribute Dignity Kits...

Helping distribute Dignity Kits...

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Medina is well educated and speaks excellent English. We first met her when she was pregnant with her third child. She joined us for several days of bumpy roads through the Nuba to conduct Dignity Kit outreaches for thousands of women.

When she’s not conducting these outreaches for Persecution Project, she teaches English at a local church school. When she’s paid, she makes very little. Moreover, she’s the only woman on staff and deals with the pressure which comes from normal challenges working in very much a man’s world.

On a recent visit to her community, Medina paid the PPF team a visit and brought her new daughter. She presented our team with a pot of homemade sesame seed spread which tasted much better than the best peanut butter we’ve ever tasted.

But our team ate very little because they knew this was Medina’s family’s food from their own meager pantry. That pot would have to feed a family of five for several days.

Medina distributes emergency relief packs, food and PPF audio Bibles. (click on image to advance the photos)

It sounds like one of those dramatic television appeals to say this, but it honestly takes very little to bless women like Medina and Cabina— provided we all work together. What is easy for us can make a huge difference to them. And your active compassion is making a difference.


Now that you have been introduced to Cabina and Medina, if you would like to send them letters of encouragement, please mail them to PPF’s main office, and we will compile them to send with our teams.

Our Greatest Help

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)



Hunger is one of those irresistible impulses that we all share. It only passes when we’re satisfied with food or drink. But our physical bodies are not the only dimension of our being that hungers. Our spirit hungers as well. It needs food just as much as our bodies.

  Bibles awaiting distribution

Bibles awaiting distribution

Jesus tells us that He is the only spiritual food that can fully satisfy. People can try to satisfy spiritual hunger with any number of substitutes. But none can completely fill the void. Like someone who is on the edge of starvation all the time, spiritual hunger becomes a way of life, and despair can quickly cross the physical and spiritual divide and harm flesh and blood (Prov. 17:22).


This is why since the founding of Persecution Project Foundation, spiritual hope has been just as much our focus as physical relief to our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.

PPF’s Discipleship and Evangelism program is dedicated to the distribution of the “Bread of Life” to those suffering from physical and spiritual persecution. We know that physical aid can only satisfy for a moment. But the encouragement of the Gospel message of love, hope, and reconciliation can keep people going through even the worst of physical depravations. 


Nearly all PPF physical relief provided to victims of war, genocide and religious persecution is distributed through the local church. Recipients see that the love of God towards them is such that He will bring help from thousands of miles away if necessary to provide His people with their “daily bread.”

  Pastors' conferences bring together and encourage the Nuba church.

Pastors' conferences bring together and encourage the Nuba church.

  Backpack projectors allow pastors to take the Good News anywhere.

Backpack projectors allow pastors to take the Good News anywhere.


In addition to physical relief, PPF provides Bibles, audio Bibles, and other discipleship materials to equip the local church in its mission of community outreach and evangelism. In 2017 alone, 18,423 Bibles were distributed in Sudan’s war-torn Nuba mountains, as well as 6,400 audio Bibles.

PPF also provides support to pastors and evangelists so they can devote most of their time to feeding their flock.

  Dairy cows and goats are provided for pastor support.

Dairy cows and goats are provided for pastor support.



While there is life, we must reach out in “active compassion” to be a healing balm to those who need it. But as bad as war, privation, and persecution can be, it is temporary at best because our earthly bodies are temporary.



  Physical bread with the Bread of Life distributed

Physical bread with the Bread of Life distributed


However, our souls are eternal, which is why distributing the “Bread of Life” is the greatest help any of us could give— or receive.

You can provide this help today by supporting our Discipleship and Evangelism Program.

                                                              Prayer: Food for souls

                                                            Prayer: Food for souls

New Hospital Progress

  Dr. Ahmed with his ambulance

Dr. Ahmed with his ambulance

Dr. Ahmed Zachariah is a fearless physician who has chosen to use his skill to alleviate the suffering in Sudan’s Nuba mountains. His courage and determination have galvanized the community to assist him in building a hospital to alleviate pressure on the only referral hospital in the Nuba, located several hours away by car.

Persecution Project is committed to helping Dr. Ahmed and his friends by providing material support towards the construction of the new hospital. Your gifts to PPF’s Medical Services Program or “Where Needed Most” can make this project a reality in 2018.

  Children's ward nearly complete

Children's ward nearly complete

An Amazing Reunion...

By Brad Phillips

  Leah and her 5-year-old daughter, Susan, in 2003.

Leah and her 5-year-old daughter, Susan, in 2003.

In 2003, I was hiking through the Nuba mountains of Sudan. Each village I’d pass would have its own story of hardship and persecution regarding the long-running conflict in which Sudan’s Islamist government tried to exterminate the Nuba people using terror and food and medicine as weapons.

But the village of Badura stood out from the rest.

  Leah planting her garden.

Leah planting her garden.

Badura was home to a young woman named Leah. I found Leah and her 5-year-old daughter planting seeds in their garden. They stopped working and came over to speak with me.


Leah told of how, in 1999 during a Sunday church service, Badura was attacked by the “Popular Defense Forces” (PDF) of the National Islamic Front government in Sudan.

The troops poured into Badura and everyone fled for their lives— except Leah.

You see, Leah was blind.

She was captured immediately. The men brutally beat and gang-raped this helpless girl, then left her for dead.

But Leah didn’t die. A few weeks later, she discovered she was with child.

Eight months later, her daughter was born. She named her Susan, which means “Graceful Lily”.

Leah told me that “what men meant for evil, God meant for good,” because Susan had been the eyes to help her mom live in very difficult circumstances.


Through the years, I often wondered whatever happened to Leah and Susan. Then recently, I was in a village close to Badura. I was informed by a local pastor that Leah and Susan were still living and would like to visit again.

At the home of the pastor, I found Leah sitting with Susan (now a beautiful 18-year-old young woman) and it was an amazing reunion. Leah was still very small, as I remembered her. And she told me of how God had provided for her and Susan over all these years and hardships.

  Presenting gifts to Susan and Leah

Presenting gifts to Susan and Leah

I brought some gifts for Leah and Susan, including clothes, shoes, cooking pots, soap, salt, blankets, etc. But the gift she most appreciated was a small solar-powered audio-Bible in Arabic and English.

Leah was overwhelmed with so many gifts that she told me she would share and distribute them to her community.

Again, wow.

I don’t know about you, but I think Leah has as good an excuse for being miserable as anyone I’ve ever known. Growing up in a warzone. Beaten and gang-raped as a child. Pregnant as a result of the rape. Raising a child alone— blind. I mean, this women ticks all the boxes!

But not only is Leah not miserable— she’s a joyful giver!

 Susan and Leah - 2017

Susan and Leah - 2017

Our meeting took place right before Thanksgiving holidays. It gave me something to be very thankful about— and not that I won the "lottery of life" by being born in America to two loving parents and raised with every advantage compared to someone like Leah.

Rather, it gave me cause to be thankful for the honor and privilege of being in a spiritual family with giants like Leah and Susan.

But I am also grateful for you. Without God working through the generous support of the people reading these lines, I would never have met Leah in the first place and received (more than given) such encouragement.

Thank you! Thank you for supporting this ministry to the persecuted. It’s truly a ministry where the “givers” are blessed much more than the receivers. Leah proves this.

"Mobilizing" Pastors

From "Donkey Power" to Horsepower

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Pastors in Sudan's war-torn Nuba mountains are the main organizers of community outreaches.

But nearly seven years of a government-imposed blockade has caused widespread shortages of everything - including transportation options.

Many pastors must use "old technology" (i.e. donkeys) to travel long distances when coordinating outreaches.


This is why Persecution Project supplies motorbikes to "mobilize" pastors, like those pictured.

By make a gift to PPF's Discipleship & Evangelism program, you have enabled these pastors to be on the road spreading the Good News of Christ to their communities. Thank you!

Mission Accomplished!

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Well Repair Update

Back in November, we contacted PPF supporters to let them know that our initial goal of repairing 77 wells was nearly complete, and we decided to increase our objective to 100. Each Nuba well can serve as many as 1,000 people. Many wells serve more. This means 100 wells can provide as many as 100,000 people with safe, clean water.

Our team wound up completing 116 repairs in 2017! Mission accomplished!

Water is life, and providing safe water to the persecuted in the Nuba mountains has been a tremendous platform to introduce people to the "Living Water" - Jesus Christ.

Thank you for supporting this vital program.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Active Compassion for the Persecuted Church!


For the last 20 years, your prayers and financial support have provided the persecuted church in Sudan very tangible evidence of God's love for them through the ministry outreaches of Persecution Project.

What follows is a look back to remember all that God has done through your love and active compassion.

We hope it encourages you as much as it does us to see the Gospel being communicated in word and deed in some of the most remote and dangerous areas of the world.

We're told in 2 Timothy 3:12 that "everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." So, the "bad news" is that our work will never be finished. But the good news is that our work is all about the "Good News."


Early Days: The Oil Field Genocide

When Sudan discovered oil reserves in its southern territory, plans for its exploitation involved "cleansing" the "rebel" groups living in the areas where drilling would take place. Entire villages were burned or bull-dozed by government troops.


This was the "Oil Field Genocide." Many thousands perished from famine and exposure. PPF responded with emergency food relief and shelter items. We also brought in doctors and medicine, and Bibles for encouragement and evangelistic outreaches.

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Information is power, and one of South Sudan's greatest challenges during the war years was communications. PPF requested and was granted permission to build a short-wave radio station, called Radio PEACE, which broadcasted mornings and evenings until peace was restored. The programming included Bible reading in several languages, pastoral sermons, and local and regional news. To support the station, PPF distributed thousands of solar-powered and hand-cranked short-wave radios around South Sudan.

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Darfur Genocide

The Darfur Genocide, which began in 2003, internally displaced millions of Darfuris - including hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese who fled to Darfur to escape fighting in South Sudan during the 1980s and 90s.

The refugees had nowhere to go, so many huddled on the South Sudan border with their families in a "no man's land." The area, called Jaac, had no functioning wells, so PPF began our 100 Wells Campaign to provide 100,000 Jaac refugees with safe, clean water.

More than 100 wells were dug, most by PPF, and the first medical clinic was established in 2005.


PPF also sponsored pastor training and Muslim evangelism outreaches.

Upper Nile Boat Ministry

Much of South Sudan's Upper Nile region is flooded for half the year, making it very difficult for road transportation. Many people use the White Nile River and its many branches to access remote communities.

PPF began a Boat Ministry to supply small, fast boats for regional relief and evangelism programs.

Each boat transported one ton of aid as well as evangelists to oversee distributions.

The Nuba War

Throughout the 1990s, the Nuba were targeted for extermination by Sudan's Islamist government. In June, 2011, Sudan dictator, Omar al Bashir, sent in Ahmed Haroun (the architect of the Darfur Genocide) to the Nuba to "finish the job."

PPF immediately launched several outreaches, including emergency borehole repair, relief and shelter distribution, medical outreaches, and even hospital construction. We also began sponsoring conferences to bring together regional pastors for discipleship, training, and encouragement.

  Medicines being delivered

Medicines being delivered

With the Nuba war now in its seventh year, PPF continues to play a vital role in protecting the lives and interests of more than 1 million Nuba people.

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On behalf of all those we've been privileged and blessed to serve by God working through your love, thank you! Thank you for partnering with PPF in "Active Compassion." Thank you for loving your persecuted family members. We look forward to the next 20 years of ministry together!

Rashid's Story

  Rashid's life has been changed by your compassion.

Rashid's life has been changed by your compassion.

Over the years, we have met many men and women like Rashid. Most are paralytics due to polio. And all have a hard life. 

Rashid is from the Nuba mountains of Sudan, an area which has been subject to a massive humanitarian blockade by the Islamist government since 2011.

Rashid's life has radically changed because of the compassion of PPF's donors. God has used their love to literally raise him up.

Rashid received one of the many wheelchair tricycles PPF has delivered to the Nuba to help people like him.

When confronting a wicked regime fixated on persecuting people like Rashid, we're not waiting on a political solution before intervening. We're doing it right now. With your continued help, we'll keep doing it.

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Forgotten or Ignored: The Conflict in Sudan's Nuba Mountains

A hostile and devastating conflict between the Sudan government and rebels threatens to upend the country's progress and prospects for peace with the passing of each day.


[Editor's Note: This informative article by Tom Rhodes highlights the plight of our Nuba brethren, as they struggle to survive in a world which increasingly ignores their cry for help. Articles like this remind us how important our relationship is to the Nuba people, and how privileged we all are to walk beside them in Active Compassion.]

By Tom Rhodes

Mohamed Adam stared at the burnt rubble in front of him, oblivious to the heat of the noonday sun as he surveyed all his hard work, his home and food storage preparations, destroyed in a matter of minutes. A melted cassette can be seen peeping out of the ash piles, a Congolese pop album that his son had listened to incessantly. The Antonov, one of Sudan's bumbling warplanes, bombed his house and food storage - forcing him and his family to survive on the goodwill of neighbors. Mohamed, a clerk for the rebel governor in the Nuba Mountains, was at his office that day in May, 2016 when the Antonov flew overhead. When the deafening bomb dropped, he panicked and rushed to his home. "Thank God my family was safe," he said.

Adam's wife, Husna Mohamed, and her two children managed to hide in a "foxhole" (a hole in the ground used to hide from shrapnel spread by government bombs) and survived. The lid covering the hole, however, caught on fire and slightly burnt the leg of their three-year-old child Munasid Mohamed. The young girl was rushed to the local hospital in Lewere for treatment, one of two facilities in the entire rebel-controlled area.

According to Johannes Plate, a medical field coordinator for the small but crucial hospital supported by the German Emergency Doctors organization, the Sudan government has repeatedly attempted to bomb the hospital. Like Adam's house and all homes in the Nuba Mountains, the hospital has foxholes around the building in case a warplane attempts to bomb it. "I hope you can see they are not just bombing military targets but civilians," Adam said. "In Syria, the international community responded very quickly, why not to us? Are we not human beings like them?"

  Thousands of Nuba families live in caves.

Thousands of Nuba families live in caves.

The citizens of Nuba are currently experiencing a cessation of hostilities between the government and rebel army, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N), but Antonovs occasionally circle above without bombing.

The ongoing conflict in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State is largely ignored. When internal fighting broke out in South Sudan's capital, Juba, in December 2013, what little support the South Sudan government provided to the Nuba had waned further. Sudan placed South Sudan's President Salva Kiir under pressure to end support to the SPLM-N with the agreement that Khartoum would not support South Sudanese rebels targeting Kiir's government. While there is physical evidence of the Sudan government's support to these rebels in 2011 and 2012, there has not been any verifiable evidence of the same in recent years. This is partly due to U.S. pressure on Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir to cease any meddling in South Sudanese affairs in return for the U.S. to lift nearly 20 years of economic sanctions. Along with oil interests, the U.S. has invested heavily in South Sudan.


Political interests and objectives at play

With new political interests in Sudan, the West and the U.S. in particular have little interest in the Nuba Mountains. The U.S. may lift sanctions against Sudan in October this year* - largely in return for Khartoum's non-interference in South Sudan, and, more importantly, for alleged anti-terrorism support. The European Union (EU) is also keen to improve relations with Sudan after funding the Sudan government in late 2015 to curb transitory migration across the country's borders. "Both the UK and U.S. believe there are more important geopolitical interests at play in the region than the fate of Sudan's minorities," says Professor Samuel Totten. "Insofar as time is spent on Sudan in Washington or London, the U.S. and UK have calculated they have more to gain by appeasing Khartoum than by challenging it."

Besides a lack of regional and international political interest, there is also very little media interest due mainly to issues of access. Khartoum has banned reporting in conflict areas. Sudanese authorities detained and questioned editors of the private daily Al-Tayyar twice this month for having the audacity to interview the Nuba rebel leader Abdulaziz Al-Hilu. For local and foreign media to gain entry into the rebel-controlled areas of the Nuba Mountains or Blue Nile State is extremely taxing - the rainy season muddies roads to the point that access is intractable half of the year. And even when a reporter manages to reach the Nuba Mountains, selling the story is another challenge in and of itself.


Unlike the heart-pounding bombing campaigns reported in Syria's six-year conflict, the war in the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile is a war of attrition, whereby Sudan's government forces conduct intermittent attacks to ultimately starve the populace into submission. Sudan's forces continue to occupy two key agricultural areas and have seized farmland in over 20 locations in the Nuba Mountains. Pro-government militias raided and looted villages on at least 16 occasions in April and May this year. "It's done purposely," said Ali Abdelrahman, Director of the Nuba Mountains Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Organization (NRRDO), a community-based support group. "To set fire to people's homes, to drive away livestock - purposely to get them hungry. Once you get into that situation, you [either] die or join government-controlled territories whereby youth are recruited against their own people."


There is still no humanitarian access to the Nuba Mountains at a time when nearly 10 percent of the population faces severe malnutrition rates, according to the South Kordofan Blue Nile Coordination Unit, an organization that monitors food insecurity in the two areas. But limited media coverage and political interest is keeping a seemingly inevitable food crisis largely unknown to the global and Sudanese audience alike. "Even if the world has forgotten us we will keep going," said Zachiah Issa Abdullah, a rebel soldier from Delami County in the Nuba Mountains. "When the ground fighting begins, I only think of those we have lost and, at the same time, I think of my children back home. Then I go forward, reminding myself who I am fighting for."

*Sanctions were lifted on Friday, October 6th

PPF's Emergency Well Repair Team Update

  Well Repairs

Well Repairs

Since beginning the Emergency Well Repair Project in the Nuba mountains in 2013, PPF's repair teams have fixed 457 safe water wells.

As impressive as this is, many hundreds of wells remain broken and half a million Nuba have no access to safe water.

PPF has launched a new Peer-to-Peer platform called to raise $50,000 to fund the repairs of at least 50 more wells.


More than 80 percent of diseases in Africa are directly related to drinking dirty water.

Please visit today to start using your community to serve the Nuba community!

  Children drinking from hand-dug wells

Children drinking from hand-dug wells