Safe Water

Settling in for the Storm

During the rainy season, roads become impassable. The long rains have begun in Sudan's Nuba mountains. For the next few months, the Nuba people will be cut off from almost all outside help. The few "open roads" into this embattled area are now swamps, prohibiting all but the most robust vehicles from getting through.

This means that regular food, medicine and other shipments brought in during the dry season must hold out until the roads open again-- hopefully in November. This is the time of the "long wait," where the people generally hunker down until the land dries again.

The rainy season is the time for planting.

The good news is that this bad weather prevents regular movement by enemy ground forces. The bad news is that the weather doesn't prevent the Antonov bombers and MiG fighters from continuing their campaign of terror from the skies.

The rain brings with it the time for planting and harvesting. And since food is a weapon in Khartoum's war of ethnic cleansing in the Nuba, the Sudan Air Force will be busy bombing fields and market places to scare people back into the mountains and caves where they live for protection.

PPF's Borehole Repair Team had fixed 246 broken wells by mid-June.

So what will PPF be doing in the Nuba during the "long wait?" Certainly not waiting. Our emergency safe water borehole repair teams continue to work in the frontline areas to ensure people have access to clean water. During the rainy season, waterborne illnesses dramatically increase, so it's important to ensure access to clean wells. We made certain to deliver spare parts and fuel to the region before the rains shut us out, so the work will progress and, God willing, we'll continue to receive reports of their success.

Emergency non-food relief items are given to the most vulnerable.

Our team also delivered many containers of non-food relief items like blankets, mosquito nets, tarps, cooking supplies, and Bibles for those displaced from their homes. The distribution of these items will continue during the rainy season and be overseen by a network of 100 pastors of local churches in the communities we serve.

Keep in mind that all the activities described above are highly illegal according to the Islamist government in Sudan.

PPF has delivered 22 metric tons of medicine to the Nuba in 2015.

The NCP-led government, formerly known as the National Islamic Front, treats any humanitarian assistance to "rebel insurgent areas" as a treasonous act. As reported in a previous Africa Messenger, any person caught entering the Nuba with more than 10 tablets of medication can be executed for treason.

 

PPF staff and ministry partners pray for the success of their mission.

For this reason, your prayers for the safety of all our team members are greatly appreciated! Your Active Compassion makes this ministry to the persecuted possible. PPF receives no government funding. For the last 17 years, everything we've accomplished has been through the generous hearts of individuals, churches, businesses, and other organizations in partnership together.

The war in Sudan's Nuba mountains has been called "the worst atrocity you've never heard of." But you have heard, and you have responded. Your love shines a light into dark places and reminds our Nuba brethren that they are not forgotten-- and never alone.

"Suffering Children" vs. Children Suffering

By Brad Phillips In the April Africa Messenger, one of our directors, Matt Chancey, wrote about the importance of children not only to our ministry, but to the Church as a whole. He admitted that our work in Africa among marginalized communities had changed his perspective of where children fit into the social and religious equation. But although many of us are late in understanding the importance of children to God's plan, His enemies have been well aware of this for a long time.

In the case of the government of Sudan, and its war against its own citizens, children are the primary targets, and consequent victims, of the violence.

"Suffer the little children to come unto Me."

Children are not just the future, they are also the present. In the Nuba mountains, well over 50 percent of the total population are children under the age of 15.

Nuba children represent a great threat to the Islamist regime of Omar al Bashir. The Nuba mountains are home to Sudan's largest Christian minority. We are told that 30 percent of the total population is Christian, but many of the communities on the front lines are more than 90 percent Christian. For a government pushing a hardline sharia law agenda, the mere presence of a significant group opposed to their worldview is cause for concern.

When I speak to Christian Nubans about when they were converted, most tell me it was while they were children.

Surprising? It shouldn't be. Remember that Jesus Himself said that the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven are those having a humble faith like a little child. When children were pushed away from Jesus, He rebuked His disciples and told them "suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 19:14)

Even though we may marginalize children in much of western society, that doesn't mean God does. It would appear quite the opposite.

That's why the enemy is targeting children. That's why the Sudan Air Force targets schools, hospitals, churches and market places. Sadly, that's why most of the people we find receiving medical treatment for ghastly burns and shrapnel wounds are children. And tragically, that's why most of the dead in this latest war have been children.

Children can be incredibly brave. On my last trip to the Nuba, I visited a displaced community living at the base of a mountain. The people had abandoned their village because it was within shelling range of the Sudan Armed Forces. Where they live, there are no wells, but a small spring was found high in the mountain, inside a cave too small for most adults to enter. So, every day, a small group of girls carry plastic jerry cans on their heads and climb the mountain. I had to see this, so one morning I accompanied them. It took two hours to reach the cave, then the girls filled their containers and began the long journey back down.

I could not believe the courage of these girls. I heard no complaints. They showed no fear. They cheerfully went about their work - alone, in an active war zone, climbing a mountain several times a day to get water for their families in hiding! After our trip down the mountain ended and we sat to take some lunch, the Sudan Armed Forces began shelling the other side of the mountain where we had just been climbing. We counted 40 shells striking the mountain over the course of an hour, shaking the ground beneath our feet - while children played around us.

We typically ask children what they want to be when they grow up. I think we have it all backwards. Maybe we should ask more adults what kind of children they want to be? I pray God may one day give me the courage of one of those little girls I walked with that day up the mountain.

This is all that's left of someone's home after a bombing

As Christians, we must "suffer the little children," which is a lot different than making children suffer. Children are future leaders, and these future leaders in the Nuba mountains of Sudan are getting a dose of what it means to live under the terror of an Islamist worldview. But because of your faithful partnership with the PPF ministry, they are also seeing the beautiful contrast of compassion and love, freely given from their extended family.

The war is real. The board has been set. The pieces are moving. There are only two sides: Those "suffering children," and those making children suffer. Thank you for being on the right side. And please, keep fighting!

Water in a War Zone

PPF's Well Repair Project in the Nuba Mountains In June, 2011, the jihadist government in Sudan launched a war of genocide in the Nuba mountains of Sudan, which is home to that country's largest Christian community. The government closed the airspace and issued an order for all foreign humanitarian organizations to leave.

That's when PPF went in.

On July 4th, 2011, we landed in the Nuba. We stayed two weeks and traveled all over the region. We interviewed dozens of leaders, pastors, military commanders, and regular citizens. We made an assessment of the needs and then began planning our first outreaches.

One of the needs that was brought to us by the community was the problem of maintaining the hand-pump borehole wells where most people get their supply of safe water. With most NGOs pulling out and supplies getting very scarce, obtaining both parts for repairing boreholes and fuel for vehicles transporting technicians was increasingly difficult.

Children fetch water from a repaired village borehole

People tend to move to where safe water is plentiful, so when one well pump would break, everyone would use another working pump, which increased the stress on that pump, causing it to break. This domino effect led to hundreds of well pumps breaking down within a few months of the war starting.

In late 2012, PPF teams met with local government officials and planned an operation to repair boreholes in several hard-hit communities. We were not sure how many we could repair in an active war zone, so we set an initial goal of repairing at least 15-30. In early 2013, we assembled the team, spare parts, fuel, etc., and began to work.

Water from hand-dug well is often dirty and filled with bacteria

Dirty water

By the end of the dry season, we had completed repairs on 95 pumps!

We decided to increase our vision and to shoot for 105 additional well repairs by the end of the dry season in 2014. By June, 2014, this new goal had been reached, bringing the total number of repaired boreholes to 200.

Clean water pouring forth from a repaired borehole

In 2015, our teams are continuing the repairs, focusing on areas very close to the front lines of the conflict. It hasn't been easy. Last year, one of our trucks was hit by shrapnel from a bombing. The government of Sudan wants to create a humanitarian crisis to drive the Nuba people from their homeland. That is why the planes primarily target villages, schools, hospitals, and markets.

As the war drags on, the number of outside organizations helping the Nuba people has gradually eroded. There are now only four of us left. And PPF is the main organization repairing boreholes. It's a major responsibility, considering PPF is nowhere near the size of the "heavy-hitter" NGOs working int he two Sudans.

So why us?

Simple: you.

PPF is a public charity. Our funds come from you, the public. We receive no government money, which means we have the flexibility to go "where needed most."

Repaired wells bless entire communities

The dedicated giving of PPF ministry partners has provided this life-saving outreach to the Nuba people, who would otherwise be suffering even more than their current condition. Dirty water is responsible for more than 80 percent of all diseases in the Nuba. There is only one referral hospital operating in the Nuba mountains - and it's already been bombed once. Imagine how stressed the hospital would be with a flood of new patients suffering from water-borne illnesses? Two hundred working boreholes translates into better health, and a conservation of medicines for those still living in communities with broken wells.

But 300 working boreholes would be better. And 400 would be even better than that.

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We are committed to planning the missions and our teams are willing to take the risk and to continue working in the war zone. But we need your continued support to keep us going. We are nothing more than an extension of your compassion. The more active compassion you give, the more we give.

Please consider giving again today. And thank you for what you've already done!

 

Partners in "Crime"

By Brad Phillips Southern Kordofan State, a.k.a. "the Nuba mountains," has been described in the historic 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as one of "three contested areas" in Sudan - the others being Abyei and Blue Nile State. For decades, the residents of the "three areas" have been isolated and marginalized by Khartoum. There are approximately 1.5 million indigenous Nuba living in the 19 counties of the "contested" Southern Kordofan State. Neglect on the part of the U.S. Government and other caretakers of the CPA has led to the Nuba people being abandoned by the international community. In three years, they have gone from a "contested" region with rights guaranteed by the CPA (security, humanitarian access, representation, self-determination, elections and a popular consultation) to mere "rebels."

"Contested" Area

At the center of what is "contested" is the issue of basic human rights, i.e. self-government, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of association - basically the fundamental rights that Americans have traditionally held to be God-given rights. It is these God-given rights that are in conflict with Khartoum's agenda to impose "sharia" law in its self-described officially Islamic state.

In February, Matt Chancey and I traveled over more than 900 km with our Nuba team to visit four of the most war-affected counties in Southern Kordofan. In these areas, PPF is serving the persecuted in a number of ways, including sponsoring programs to provide more access to safe water, lifesaving medicines and medical supplies, emergency relief and shelter to internal refugees, and assisting the local church in discipleship and evangelistic outreaches by providing Bibles and evangelistic materials.

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During our trip, we visited the abandoned Frandala Hospital, formerly operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). On the 20th of January, SAF bombers dropped two bombs directly on the hospital. If you don't believe in miracles, you need to visit the Nuba. I witnessed with my own eyes the point of impact for both bombs that landed directly inside the hospital compound. Dozens of people should be dead, but in God's providence, no one was killed. One bomb detonated a few meters above ground after coming in contact with the frame of a tent directly over a foxhole where a dozen people lay huddled together.

Sadly, even though no one died from the bomb's impact, many thousands of others will likely die because of the vacuum created by the withdrawal of MSF from Sudan. This was the second bombing of Frandala in less than 8 months, prompting MSF to not only pack up and leave the Nuba, but all of its locations in Sudan.

THE WORLD GONE MAD

These two children from the village of Um Serdiba were severely burned by government shelling.

While Matt and I were visiting the "enemies of state" in Sudan, Sudan's Foreign Minister, Ali Ahmed Karti, a real terrorist and war criminal, appeared as an honored guest at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. His hosts overlooked his recent role in covering up the mass rape in Tabit, Darfur, and his former role in 1997 as Commander of the notoriously brutal Popular Defense Force (PDF).

IMG_4197-1The PDF, like the "Janjaweed," is responsible for the most heinous acts of genocide in South Sudan, Blue Nile, Nuba mountains, and Darfur. The blood of millions of innocents is dripping from the hands of Karti, Bashir, Ahmed Haroun and the other members of the genocidal cabal known as the National Congress Party. To Karti and company, the Nuba are "insects," "criminals," and "terrorists." The international community considers the regime that targets market places, churches, schools and hospitals for aerial bombardment as legitimate.

Sometimes I think the world has gone mad.

HASHA ALI AND HER BABY

Perhaps the most tragic event we witnessed was the funeral of Hasha Ali.

When we arrived in the community, family and neighbors were having a day of grieving and prayers as they buried two ladies and an unborn child killed by an Antonov bomb the previous evening. We had seen an Antonov fly over around 7 p.m. the night before. What we did not know was that it was headed to this village.

"Criminal" Hasha Ali and her unborn baby

We visited the bomb site and found a funeral party of wailing men and women, mourning the loss of Hasha Ali, a young mother who frantically left the safety of the rocks to search for her infant son. She was hit by shrapnel and killed instantly. Hasha was 7-8 months pregnant and her shocked family could do nothing but watch her unborn child struggle inside its dead mother... until the kicking stopped.

All the while, back in Washington, D.C., butchers from Khartoum, with the aid of high-priced lobbyists, have been busy getting an image "makeover" in pursuit of "normalized" relations with the U.S.A.

While the Islamists in Khartoum are spreading their "gospel" message of religious and racial conformity through aerial terror, Nuba Christians, aided by believers in America and elsewhere, are reaching out to serve the victims of terror.

According to Ali Karti, Ahmed Haroun, Omar al Bashir and the members of the NCP, all of us who are working in the Nuba are criminals. In June, 2011, when the war started, Bashir ordered all foreign NGOs operating in the area to leave. Those who are still there are enemies of the State and subject to the same treatment "enemies" like Hasha Ali and her unborn baby received.

If engaging in active compassion for the persecuted is considered criminal behavior by the butchers in Khartoum, we stand "guilty" as charged and are honored to wear this badge.

Of course, as a valued ministry partner, you are complicit in all of our "crimes" - and we thank you. Our goal in 2015 is to increase our "criminal" activity in the Nuba mountains surpassing everything we've done before, and we need your continued support to make this goal a reality.

2014: Year-End Review

We believe that the best way to start 2015 is by thanking God for all He accomplished through your generosity in 2014. Last year was a record-breaker on many levels. But surpassing goals on paper is one thing. The most important goal is engaging in active compassion that impacts lives. And, again, thanks to you, 2014 was incredibly successful. Safe Water Program

IMG_0040-1PPF's Safe Water team continued to work in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where the population lives under constant attack by air and land forces of indicted war criminals in the Islamist government of that country.

The current war in the Nuba has lasted more than three and a half years and has put enormous strain on its infrastructure. Hundreds of borehole pumps have broken down, forcing people to resort to muddy, hand-dug wells to survive. Dirty water is responsible for more than 80 percent of disease in Africa.

Brad at wellIn 2013, PPF began sending repair teams and spare parts into the Nuba to fix broken pumps. In 2014, our teams repaired 105 pumps, bringing the total number repaired to 200! Your generosity made this possible!

Preparations are already being made for more work in 2015, as there are as many as 400 additional broken pumps remaining in the Nuba Mountains.

Medical Distribution

Brad with medsWhen the latest war began in the Nuba Mountains, resident NGOs were ordered out of the area by the government in Khartoum. All humanitarian assistance was prohibited. This ban included medical assistance.

The region's only operational hospital, Mother of Mercy, run by the courageous American doctor Tom Catena, serves hundreds of patients at any given time, suffering from everything from malaria to gunshot wounds.

IMG_2036In addition to Mother of Mercy, the region has 161 primary health care facilities, all needing important pharmaceuticals to serve the local population.

PPF asked the local Ministry of Health to provide us with a list of the major drugs needed for all of 2014. We took this need to our donors and were able to raise enough funds to deliver 30 percent of this list, making PPF the largest single contributor of medicine over a 19,000 square mile area, home to 1.2 million Nuba residents. Your generosity made this possible!

We will continue to provide medicine to the Nuba in 2015 as long as resources permit and the window of opportunity remains open.

Relief Distributions

cargo on plane - 1In December 2013, South Sudan descended into a bloody civil war which continues to this day, despite numerous cease fire agreements. In 2014, PPF organized several convoys and relief flights to six key locations where many refugees had fled to escape the violence. These locations included the Yida refugee camp in Unity State, the administrative region of Abyei, the capital city of Juba, the city of Wau, Baliet County in the Upper Nile, and Panyagor County in Jonglei State.

IMG_1146-1Many refugees fled their home villages with nothing but the clothes on their backs. PPF's relief missions delivered essential non-food items (NFIs) like clean water containers, cooking pots, tarps for shelter, blankets, clothing, soap, and shoes.

Your generosity made this possible!

Additional Growth at JLTC

JLTC constructionConstruction at the Jebel Lopit Training Center (JLTC) in Eastern Equatoria State continued at an accelerated pace, with new staff quarters completed, including kitchen and additional meeting space.

The JLTC is PPF's platform for training the next generation of leaders in both Sudans. Our desire is not simply to "stop the bleeding" through crisis relief programs, but to work towards long-term solutions by investing in training and discipleship - one person at a time.

IMG_3589In 2015, construction will continue and an innovative "train the trainer" program will be launched for primary and secondary teachers working in conflict areas. Even during war time, we cannot afford to lose another generation. In places like the Nuba Mountains, new schools are being built and children instructed. The JLTC will become an important facilitator of this work.

Your generosity makes this possible!

Advocacy

IMG_1268One of PPF's main purposes is advocacy. Our goal is to inform people about the incidences of persecution and to mobilize them to become advocates and/or intercessors for the persecuted communities where PPF is working. We accomplish this goal by publishing monthly newsletters, by posting reports on Facebook and Twitter, by sending out e-blasts, and by speaking at churches, civic organizations and demonstrations.

IMG_3762-1In 2014, we demonstrated in front of both the Sudan embassy and White House seeking to have Meriam Ibrahim's death sentence overturned and for her to be released from her North Sudan prison. PPF staff and volunteers also spoke at numerous schools, churches and other events throughout the year.

Conclusion

Although 2014 established new milestones of ministry for us, 2015 already has the beginnings of another record-breaking year. For all of us, it's not about ticking boxes and having an impressive looking 990 form to show the auditors. Success for us is blessing others, helping others, ministering to others. Every contributor to PPF is a vital part of this ministry team. Thank you for choosing to partner with us in active compassion for the persecuted.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 1Co 12:12-13

Be a Hero

by Matt Chancey I was born and grew up in the Wiregrass region of Alabama. But for the last several years, I've made my home in Africa, primarily serving the persecuted church and other communities as a director of PPF.

But I'm still a Southern man, which means I always love hearing from my Mama. And she always seems to know exactly when to call. Recently she called to tell me a story about something wonderful that had happened to her.

Mama lives in a little town in Alabama. But her house is the only one on the block without a lawn irrigation system. Mama has avoided installing one because every time she has thought about spending the money, she felt guilty knowing that she's spending good money to water her lawn when so many persecuted people in Sudan's war zones live without safe water to drink.

But after years of hauling around a heavy garden hose to water the grass, Mama finally relented and called her neighbors to get a referral on a landscaper. Several of them recommended Tom Kelly, who owns a local business called Horticolor.

Mama with Tom

Mama called Mr. Kelly and he came over to have a look and give an estimate. After doing a quick walk around and some calculations, Mr. Kelly was invited to come inside to give his verdict:

Ouch!

It would be a lot of work and not very cheap. Mama told Mr. Kelly that the price wasn't the issue as much as her conscience bothering her. She told him about my work with Persecution Project Foundation in the Sudan, and specifically about our Safe Water program, digging clean wells and repairing broken well pumps for marginalized communities.

Mr. Kelly seemed very interested and asked a lot of questions. The conversation went on a little longer. Mama said, "So you can see it's a tough call for me having to decide to water my lawn or support more safe water projects in Africa."

"My wife and I have wanted to support work like this, but didn't really know how," replied Mr. Kelly. "I want to do this for you."

"Wait a minute," replied Mama. "You want to put in my sprinkler system for free?"

"Yes, I want to give this to you. You and your son know where the money is needed most in Africa, and you can give what you can to where he thinks is best."

Of course, Mama started crying.

Matt Chancey in South Sudan

Tom Kelly is 38 years old. He's also from a small town in Alabama - a town most Alabamians probably don't know exists let alone the rest of the world. He has a family and owns a small business. He's like millions of regular Americans with normal, everyday issues, challenges and anxieties. And like millions of regular Americans, he probably can't pull out his checkbook and write a fat donation to a charity like mine.

But Tom Kelly did three things that make a life or death difference to thousands of persecuted people: He started where he was. He used what he had. He did what he could.

Mr. Kelly cared enough to get informed. He asked questions. Once he was informed, he used what he had. He had skills. What could he do with those skills? He turned them into a blessing to help others.

Mr. Kelly has never been to Africa. He's not a celebrity or a politician. You will likely forget his name a few days after reading this story. And the people he's helping in Sudan will never get to meet this ordinary man from Alabama, who helped provide safe water to their communities so their kids would have a greater chance to make it past five years old.

The famous French author of "Democracy in America," Alexis de Tocqueville, said that "America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good."

We see and hear a lot of pessimism these days. But America was never great because our economy was the biggest in the world, or our military the strongest, or our political system the most impressive. America was great because so many Americans were good. The Scripture says, "Do not be overcome by evil. Overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21) Tom Kelly from Alabama just showed us how it's done. As long as America has a lot of Tom Kellys, America will be great.

Matt Chancey is a founding director of the Persecution Project Foundation.

The Nuba Mountains' Lost Boys

Child soldiers are being actively recruited by the Sudan government. The RSF, as it is called, is nothing more than the dreaded "Janjaweed" militias ("Devils on Horseback") re-branded by indicted war criminal Omar al Bashir. The RSF are mercenaries plucked from all over Sudan and even other North African states. They are a major source of terror for the civilian population, because they are given a license to kill by their masters in Khartoum.

018_15Now we read that thousands of boys have been taken from the Nuba Mountains by the Sudan government forces and sent to training camps for indoctrination and inclusion in the RSF.

The people of the Nuba Mountains have endured more than three years of continuous war, persecution and privation. Now their children are being taken from them to be used as weapons against their own family members.

Among PPF's many projects in the Nuba Mountains is support for education. Sudan cannot afford another lost generation. It's vital that educational opportunities exist for the Nuba people even during a time of war.

Reprinted from radiodabanga.org/node/79282

Sudan's militia recruits more than 3,000 minors in South Kordofan

Boy with AK47 - 1The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) reported that government forces have recruited more than 3,000 young men in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan. They have been transferred to military camps, to be trained and integrated into the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

The SPLM-N spokesman for the Nuba Mountains, Jatigo Amoga Delman, told Radio Dabanga that the "Rapid Support militias, under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), during the past few days, have recruited more than 3,000 boys between 15 and 17 years old from the areas under control of the regime in South Kordofan."

"They were taken to Khartoum, where they were transferred to military camps in Udeya, El Eilofun, El Merikhiyat, Jeili, El Gadaref, and El Disa."

Education

Delman stressed that "those children should be in school instead of battle zones."

PPF supports this school in the Nuba Mountains.

He appealed via Radio Dabanga to "all the forces of change, lovers of humanity, and activists inside and outside Sudan to immediately intervene, and stop the forced recruitment of minors from the Nuba Mountains."

Omda Juma Kuku Rakuba, from the area of El Dar in Buram locality, South Kordofan, said in a message sent to the Nuba in Sudan's capital and other cities in the country, that "the Sudanese government forcibly recruits our sons to support the RSF, while the children of the regime's officials are enjoying education in schools and universities."

Shoes were donated to the students by PPF.

RSF

Soap, blankets, water purifiers, and school supplies were also delivered.

Last year, under NISS command, about 6,000 new RSF recruits were trained in military camps around Khartoum, to fight and "eliminate the insurgency" in Darfur and South Kordofan. Since February this year, the well-organized militia attacked, pillaged, and destroyed hundreds of villages in Darfur, mostly in South and North Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.

In April, an RSF force was sent to South Kordofan, to fight alongside the Sudanese army against the SPLM-N. Tens of thousands of civilians were driven from their homes by the attacks.

Late May, the Director of NISS operations, Maj. Gen Ali El Nasih El Galla, said that more than 6,000 RSF troops were distributed at petroleum sites, co-deployed with the armed forces at borders, and cooperating with the police to protect the national capital and other major towns.

"A contingent of these troops was engaged in violent suppression of peaceful protests in Khartoum in September 2013, the USA-based activist group Enough noted in its report 'Janjaweed Reincarnate' of June this year.

"Since that time, analysts report that the RSF's ranks have swelled to at least 10,000 troops, 3,300 of which are stationed in Khartoum," Enough stated.

Another Summer of Service

Relief aid delivered to Nuba refugees As the summer months wind down, PPF has concluded the most successful (and varied) season in our history. Multiple communities were served in South Sudan and in the Nuba Mountains.

Well pump repair team in the Nuba Mountains

In the month of June alone, we conducted seven emergency relief flights, transporting tons of medicine, Bibles, NFIs (non-food items like blankets and mosquito nets). Additionally, 25 broken wells have been repaired in the Nuba Mountains, bringing us to a total of 200! Considering each well is designed to serve 1,500 people, that's 300,000 people with access to safe water since we began repairing in 2013.

Relief flight to Upper Nile State

In Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan, we broke ground on new accommodations at the Jebel Lopit Training Center. These new quarters will allow for better long-term staff and volunteer working and living conditions, which will facilitate more education and outreach. Plans are being finalized for more classrooms and an auditorium.

PPF Medical outreach includes assistance for victims of polio.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without the generous and faithful support of our ministry partners. To God be the glory, for great things He has done - working through your compassion and generosity!

Bible delivery to the Nuba Mountains

200!

A couple of months ago, we reported that the PPF safe water team had repaired 175 broken wells in the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Today, we can rejoice again in hearing the news that the 200 mark has been reached! IMG_0109 About 18 months ago, we began to repair broken well pumps, setting an initial goal of 15-30. The response from our supporters was overwhelming, and we raised enough funds to repair 95 that first season.

In 2014, we set a new goal to reach 200 repaired wells before the end of the year. Now, by the end of July, we have reached our goal.

Our thanks goes out to everyone who has contributed to our Safe Water Program, which primarily funds this outreach. Your giving has made a huge difference in the lives of so many. Each well pump is designed to serve 1,500 people. That means the 200 wells we have repaired can provide 300,000 Nuba residents with safe, clean water.

We praise God that our team was able to reach our goal while working inside an active war zone.