The Urgent Need
We had wanted our mission teams to already be on their way to deliver desperately needed materials to South Sudan, but a crippling shortage of funds is delaying their departure. The teams are ready, the materials are ready, but some of our vehicles still need vital equipment for the long and arduous journey across extremely difficult terrain. To cross rivers where the bridges have been blown up requires each of our vehicles to have snorkels fitted for their engines to breathe while under water. Winches are needed to pull vehicles out of mud and flooded rivers. Extra springs are essential for the heavy loads and rough roads. Extra fuel tanks are needed for travelling in areas where fuel is unavailable. We also need another 4WD trailer to transport up all the great evangelistic and discipleship leadership training materials.
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Rebuilding South SudanAs South Sudan is now an Independent state, since last month, it is essential that our Mission teams assist the Christians in the reconstruction of their war-devastated country on a sound Biblical base. Since 1995, we have delivered over 300,000 Bibles and Christian books in 23 languages, trained 70 chaplains, 50 medics, 280 pastors and 780 teachers in Sudan. During the same time period we helped in establishing over 100 primary schools, one high school and 2 Bible Colleges in Sudan. In seeking to minister to spirit, mind and body, we also helped build and stock 2 clinics and convinced Samaritans Purse to restore the hospital in Lui . All of these ministries need to be re-supplied.
The roads have been bad. Just before the Tanzanian border we encountered trailer problems. The strut mountings broke. We were able to have them welded in a local village. This problem occurred on all the struts over the next four days and we had to be quite innovative, using our rig webbing to keep the axels from falling off. We were able to nurse the truck to mountain villages where there was electricity and welding facilities. During these repairs we were able to share the Gospel and distribute many Gospel tracts to receptive people.
Mission duration: February 2004 - April 2004
By God’s grace, we have carried out another field trip involving over 9,800 miles of driving by road, and 6 flights, spanning a total of 8 countries. This long journey brought us through Zimbabwe, where our vehicle was completely searched at a roadblock. But by God’s miraculous grace, the food that we were carrying was not discovered and we were able to deliver it successfully to those in need.
SUDAN UPDATE 28 June 2002
The Frontline Fellowship mission base in Sudan has been ransacked by soldiers, with much damage being done and many items stolen. No FF missionaries were at the base at the time but reportedly the damage is extensive.
The Bishop Gwynne College, which Frontline Fellowship renovated, has been attacked and looted twice before, by Government of Sudan Arab soldiers in 1965, and also in 1987. In 2000 and 2001 the community, which includes the Frontline Fellowship mission base, chapel and Christian Liberty High School was bombed ten times by the Sudan Air Force.
Through Sickness and Health
We are drawing near to the end of our very effective time of ministry in South Sudan. We have been pushing on through sickness and fatigue and have seen many faces beaming with appreciation for the valuable training and vital materials received. This is more than enough reward and motivation to keep pushing on.
MalariaMore than half of our team has been weakened by sickness. Two of our team members, Daniel and Hunter have had malaria and I have been down with a bad case of flu. Fortunately, we were able to diagnose and treat both cases of malaria before it got out of hand. The men have recovered well and continued to minister and carry out their responsibilities despite the discomfort of illness.
A missionary couple were ambushed while driving from Uganda to Yei, in Southern Sudan. On Saturday 5 th of November, Collin and Hedvig Lee of International Aid Services (IAS) were ambushed by L.R.A. rebels. The missionaries were driving to Yei when their vehicle came under fire. Collin was severely wounded, shot in the neck and shoulder. Hedvig, who was heavily pregnant with their first child, was also wounded, but not as seriously.
They both walked on foot to Yei, for 6 –7 hours. Collin died in Yei on Sunday morning, 6 November, from wounds received. Hedvig is still bleeding and in a serious condition. By now she would have been airlifted to a hospital.
On Tuesday 8 November, a British citizen, Keith Steve Willis, was killed by L.R.A. terrorists. Mr. Willis was assisting the British and New Zealand Expedition team attempting the first complete ascent of the Nile River. Other members of the team were wounded, but escaped.
Please do pray for Hedvig Lee and her baby during this traumatic time. And please do also continue to lift up other missionaries in the area. Frontline Fellowship has a mission team in the area at this time, and they need our ongoing intercession.
Crossing Countries for Christ
After an epic 2½ month 16,000km overland journey across 8 countries, our Frontline Fellowship Field Team completed a very successful and effective time of ministry in South Sudan.
We bounced over rocky, bumpy, pot-holed, narrow, dusty roads heading for the newest country in the world, South Sudan. On 9 July 2011 South Sudan gained its independence from the North after many decades of war.
Having crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, the Equator and the great Nile River, we had many opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy the beauty of God's Creation.
“Cush will submit herself to God.” Psalm 68: 31
As Southern Sudan prepares for its historic Secession from the Arab North we need to be reminded of what the Scripture teaches concerning Sudan.
In the Bible, Sudan is referred to as Cush, Nubia and Ethiopia. Often when the Bible mentions a place at the end of the world it would refer to Sudan (e.g.: Psalm 87:4).
2 Kings 19:1-9 and Isaiah 37:1-10 relate how one of the Cushite pharaohs, Tirhakah, intervened to assist King Hezekiah when Israel was attacked by Sennacherib, the emperor of Assyria.
Jeremiah 38:7-13 describes how a Sudanese official, Eben-Malech, helped save Jeremiah from certain death when he had been thrown into a cistern. It was Eben-Malech, the Cushite, that pulled Jeremiah the Prophet from the pit.
Nahum 3:9 describes how the Assyrians treated the Egyptian city of Thebes when the Cushites were defeated.
During a recent visit to the International Committee of the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, I was intrigued to see the Bible of ICRC Founder, Henry Dunant, on display. In the first exhibit at the ICRC Museum, they quote from the Gospels that we are to love our enemies, love our neighbour, do unto others, as we would want them to do unto us, and other principles and parables of Christ, including the parable of the Good Samaritan.
This was most interesting to me, because I have been ordered to leave the Red Cross Hospital at Lokichoggio, for distributing Bibles to war-wounded Sudanese patients.
On one of my first missions to Sudan in 1995, I requested permission to distribute Bibles to war-wounded Sudanese patients at the Red Cross Hospital in Lokichoggio, Kenya.