“Therefore, while we have time, let us do good to everyone, especially to those who are of our own faith.” Galatians 6:10
To my great disappointment, the military clashes and violence of civilians, which continues for many years in Southern Sudan,
forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes and flee with only things that they could carry. After all they experienced, the next crises was shortly after on the horizon, they have no food and die from starvation. Many refugee camps have not received any food for several months. The UN reported that this is the biggest humanitarian crisis since its foundation. When I came back to Sacramento from Uganda and Southern Sudan, I could not remain silent about what I had experienced, because the Church of Christ is one body, and if one of the members is in pain, the whole body also hurts.
I’m grateful that the Slavic churches here in Sacramento didn’t not remain idly after learning about the situation there. Both children and elderly members of local churches took part in helping our fellow believers in Africa. It was hard to hold back the tears when the Sunday School children of the First Slavic Baptist Church put in effort and raised $81 to feed the starving children of Southern Sudan.
The total amount collected from church was enough for one of the refugee camps, but there are more than 50 of those camps in need. It was inevitable to go back to Africa as soon as possible but it was dangerous to fly alone and additional help was required to get the tasks done.
Denis Kunitsa and Anatoly Altukhov from Washington were courageous and reliable helpers. It took us over 20h to arrive in Entebbe, Uganda early in the morning. At the customs, we saw a familiar face, Edward Dima. He is a man who dedicated his life to turn his people to the Lord. It was a joyful meeting but we didn’t have much time, so we left and started helping to load food. Here in Africa things are more complicated, and lived experiences are hard to share. From exchanging money to loading and delivering, constantly someone wants to deceive us, but the Lord had everything in control. 12 Tons were loaded into large wagons containing flour, beans, rice, oil, salt and soap for a 10h trip ahead. The last hours of the trip are completely on unpaved road. A ferry transported us across the river nile and the refugee camps are located right behind it. The constant rain softened the ground to a point that we got stuck at the entrance to the camp of Morobi. Thank God, we had help to pull the truck out of the mud and arrived at our destination. The camp has been established a few months ago but already contains over 65,000 refugees.
Despite the conditions they have to live in, the church is growing. In a few months, 30 churches have been organized here with approximately 80-130 people in each community. Our feelings suggested that we have been expected more than the food. They joy of this meeting can’t be described. Thank God and a huge thanks to all who participated and supported this project. Many brothers and sisters are waiting for us in other camps, and your help will be a significant impact for them.DONATE NOW
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