We Are The Missionaries Of Africa
Thank you for taking a moment to read my letter. Once you have reviewed it, will you please get back to me as soon as possible? The timing of this is critical!
For more than two decades, civil war raged throughout the nation of Sudan in northern Africa. It is estimated that more than two million innocent men, women and children died during the conflict. It is also estimated that hundreds of thousands of women and young girls were raped. Entire towns and villages were also completely burned. People lost everything!
But more than a year ago, a peace agreement was signed between the warring groups and most of the fighting ceased. Last winter a national vote was held and - just last month - the world’s newest nation was formed:South Sudan.
In memory of those who died as well as for those who endured persecution and torture for so very long, it is a time for celebration. Now, they are working to build a new nation for themselves and their families. But it is going to be an incredible struggle!
Relief workers are already saying that the people of South Sudan have the poorest access to medical care than any other country on earth. There is also an emergency need for food, medical supplies and medicine as well as both temporary and permanent shelters.
Recently I received a letter from one of our missionaries, Fr. Martin Wullobayi, who is working among southern Sudanese (mostly Christians) yet still living in Sudan. Many of those in his mission are trying to eventually move south.
“The southern Sudanese have been living here in the north for more than two decades,”Fr. Martin explains. “Now, because of the voting results, these good Christians are being threatened. The southern Sudanese still living in the north may lose their jobs, their homes, and may no longer receive medical care. Even the children will be put out of school.”
“We still have hundreds of thousands of southern Sudanese stranded in the north (Sudan). They are living in five camps in the open air.We are working to help them get to South Sudan, but we’ve run out of the funds needed to do this. Time is running short.”
“Five of us who go to the camps on a regular basis - to provide food, medicine, blankets and to educate children who have been forced out of school. We also have children from another area of persecution, the Nuba Mountains, who need educational assistance as well.”
“Unless we give them the help they need, particularly educational assistance that is critical, so many innocent men, women and children who have suffered so horribly could perish! Please is there some way you can help us through this crisis?”
My friend, I am praying that we can count on you to send whatever emergency gift you possibly can to give Fr. Martin’s mission - and our other neediest missions - the critical care they desperately need! I am hoping we can raise at least $45,000 to provide the level of urgent assistance that is needed. But please know that whatever you can send, whether it $100 or $1000 - any amount will help these men, women and especially the children who are in the midst of the struggle of their lives!
God bless you for your continued care and concern.