Gifts in Kind

Logistics is Ministry! For Lack of a Nail...

For lack of a nail the horse lost his shoe.For lack of a shoe the horse was lost. For lack of a horse the rider was lost. For lack of a rider the message was lost. For lack of a message the battle was lost.

Much of ministry work in remote areas of Africa is composed of mastering logistical challenges. Perhaps the most difficult challenge is in the area of transportation. PPF President, Brad Phillips, once spoke to the Africa Correspondent for a UK news site, who quipped that out of all the countries he had visited in Africa, Sudan was one of the few places where one could still get stuck!

He's right.

Half the year, most of the roads in South Sudan are either under water or a muddy mess. This means that for most people in need of emergency assistance, help is sometimes a world away even though it may be a few miles away as the crow flies.

Another big challenge to logistics is security. Everything from cross-border bombing missions by the regime in Khartoum to roving bands of "militias" armed and funded by terrorists can close large areas at a moment's notice.

PPF recently received a distress call from a community that was surrounded on all sides by swamp. No vehicles could get through and even the airstrip was flooded. A malaria outbreak had already claimed the lives of a dozen children, and the PPF clinic was out of medicine. Malaria medication is cheap and effective, but people die everyday in South Sudan because they have no access to these meds.

That is why PPF has a Transportation and Logistics (T & L) fund. This ministry program is integral to everything we do to engage in active compassion for the persecuted.  

Your contributions to the T & L fund enables PPF to deliver desperately needed help to the most remote and hard-to-reach locations in Africa.

Please consider a generous gift to PPF's T & L fund today.

Serving God in the Best of Times & the Worst of Times

By Brad Phillips, President PPF

Dear Friend of the Persecuted,

I have something very important to share with you.

I feel like I'm living in Dickens' Tale of Two Cities because right now, it's "the best of times and the worst of times."

It is the "worst of times" because despite the assurances from several economists that the economy is improving, that is not being reflected in the cash donations coming into PPF - and basically every other non-profit. The traditional "summer slump" has been particularly hard for us this year.

But it's also the "best of times," because God is opening more avenues of ministry to the persecuted than I have ever seen.

Recently, I was contacted by one of our key ministry partners informing me of some great news! Once again God has answered prayer and provided PPF with a very large and valuable consignment of Mebendazole de-worming medicine, and immune system-boosting vitamin supplements.

The medical consignment (which is valued at more than $5.3 million) will provide life-saving treatment to 500,000 people in Southern Sudan and Darfur!

As you know, PPF has been involved for many years providing clean water for survivors of genocide and persecution. Dirty water accounts for more than 80 percent of the diseases in Africa.

Medicines like Mebendazole are a natural complement to our Safe Water and Medical programs by treating tens of thousands of people suffering from harmful parasites and worms that they acquire by drinking dirty water - nasty parasites that literally suck the life out of already malnourished victims.

We now have the opportunity to bless 500,000 people who have survived one of Africa's cruelest genocidal wars.

That is the good news. But, the bad news is that even though this generous gift of medicines is free, the transportation, clearance, storage, distribution and coordination of medical outreaches with local health care workers are not free. We need cash to get this medicine to the precious souls that need it. So, as I have done many times before, I want to give you the opportunity to help in this difficult, but exciting challenge.

Would you consider making a special gift designated "where needed most" to PPF so we can take full advantage of this and other ministry opportunities God has provided?

Although we have seen a drop in our cash donations during the last two years, our ministry programs have seen incredible growth. Last year, PPF's outreaches saw a growth of 257% and this year, we anticipate growth of 146% or more. In other words, we are doing more with less. God has taken the few loaves and fishes we have received and multiplied them beyond belief. It has been a wonderful, faith-building experience for all of us.

But we still need your help. There are still more clean water wells to drill, medicines and shoes to distribute, and pastors to train. The needs are great, but our Provider has always met our needs. And His delight is working through your generous heart.

Thank you for all you have done already to minister to the persecuted. I will keep you posted on how your gift is being used to help our brothers and sisters in Sudan.