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.
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.
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.
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.