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

To the Glory of God

By Ed Lyons

Just as Aaron and Hur held up Moses' hands, which allowed Joshua to defeat the army of Amalek, your gifts strengthen the Nuba Church to continue to fight the good fight of faith.

Pastor Paul (in red) showing The JESUS Film

Pastor Paul (in red) showing The JESUS Film

One Evangelism Backpack Projector in Pastor Paul's hands, for instance, has resulted in the establishment of new church congregations in four different villages!

This year, nine additional pastors have received motorbikes, which enable them to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to villages farther from their homes. They can attend church conferences and run errands of mercy more easily.

Four more pastors receive motorbikes for ministry

Four more pastors receive motorbikes for ministry

Your gifts have also enabled Samia to once again sleep in her own house. When her village borehole broke due to overuse, Samia was forced to walk 3 miles to fetch clean water from a neighboring village’s borehole. The queue was so long that she often slept on site while her jerrycan made its way to the front of the line.

Abdelaziz rejoices at his new audio Bible.

Abdelaziz rejoices at his new audio Bible.

Abdelaziz, who suffers from cerebral palsy, received a wheelchair bicycle from PPF a few years ago. This year, he was excited to also receive an Arabic audio Bible. He can now listen to the Word of God 24/7.

 

The Unimog transport trucks that you helped purchase have opened up year-round delivery of emergency relief supplies. These trucks are “game-changers” as they easily navigate both mud and deep water.

Game changer! Our Unimog trucks open Nuba to year-round outreach

Game changer! Our Unimog trucks open Nuba to year-round outreach

Just as importantly, your love and compassion has brought smiles to thousands upon thousands of weary faces.

But there are still more we can help.

 

So far in 2018, we have delivered 5 Evangelism Backpack Projectors, and we have ordered another 6. But there are hundreds of pastors who are eager to receive one of these ministry tools. Many non-believers and Muslims are coming to Christ through The JESUS Film.

 

Entire villages are captivated by The JESUS Film

Entire villages are captivated by The JESUS Film

Dignity hygiene kits bring many smiles

Dignity hygiene kits bring many smiles

Likewise, over the past few years, PPF has supplied motorbikes to fewer than 40 pastors and evangelists in the Nuba region, but there are thousands who could benefit from this project.

With her village borehole repaired, Samia no longer walks 3 hours to fetch water.

With her village borehole repaired, Samia no longer walks 3 hours to fetch water.

To date, our Borehole Repair Team has repaired over 130 boreholes this year, but when the rains cease, we’ll be back at it. Pumps are used continuously, so parts wear down and break. Boreholes need constant supervision and management, and PPF is one of the few organizations making the necessary repairs… in an area the size of the state of Georgia. And did I mention there are no paved roads?

We have delivered 6,200 audio Bibles this year and expect to deliver hundreds more before year’s end. Many believers and non-believers, including Muslims, in the Nuba mountains have been changed by these devices. Audio Bibles are one of the most successful ways for people who are illiterate to understand the Scriptures. Individuals who listen to the audio Bibles have memorized verses and entire chapters of the Bible. In doing so, their faith in Christ has grown. The need is great for this ministry tool. Tens of thousands could easily be distributed to eager recipients.

Worship songs open a pastors' conference.

Worship songs open a pastors' conference.

Appreciative for Christian literature and audio Bible

Appreciative for Christian literature and audio Bible

We take to heart the counsel of Paul to the Galatians and “do not grow weary in doing good.” (Gal. 6:9)

An emergency food distribution

An emergency food distribution

We thank you for doing the same, for standing with us. With your help, we will continue to provide protective tarps to the displaced and dairy goats to those who are starving. Lord-willing, we will deliver more medicines, Bibles, blankets, and emergency food. And we will do all these things and more, as Paul says, “to the glory of God.” (1Co 10:31)

A very big reminder of why we do what we do.

A very big reminder of why we do what we do.

GO(a)T MILK?

The contested Nuba mountains region of Southern Kordofan is home to Sudan's largest Christian community.

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Since 2011, a humanitarian blockade and seasonal military offensives by Khartoum's Islamo-fascist regime have led to a humanitarian crisis and widespread famine conditions.

Right now, the beleaguered Christian community in the Nuba mountains is facing its worst crisis since war returned in 2011.

But it's easy for each of us to make a lifesaving and sustainable difference for one Nuba family.

One dairy goat can provide a family with milk and offspring.

This means more milk and meat - and a source of income in communities affected by war, drought and famine conditions.

The Dairy Goat Project is supported by donations to PPF's Relief and Shelter Program.

Our goal is to provide 150 Nuba families with dairy goats in 2018.

Will you help?

Please visit GotDairyGoats.com to find out more!