Refugees from East Africa28 March, 2017 Africa, South Sudan, Africa, Causes, Feeding the Kids, South Sudan Projects
For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; Was a stranger, and you received Me “Matthew 25:35
The Civil war between North and South Sudan began in 1955. After the referendum and the separation in 2011 South Sudan was recognized by the UN as a sovereign state. But it didn’t bring peace. Having a common enemy, the tribes of the southern regions united to fight the Islamic north. However, having obtained independence, the two biggest tribes – Dinka and Nuer began to fight for power in this young country. This resulted in losses of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. Millions of people have fled, and those who stayed are dying from hunger, diseases and epidemics.
In early February, 2017, we visited the town “Kajo Keji”. Just a few weeks ago it was noisy and crowded. Here and the surrounding region had a population of around 400,000 people but now most of them fled to neighboring countries. They left their jobs, house and belongings. Houses and stores are shut down with locks. The church of Edward Dima, which had 300 members, is now also closed. People left in panic.
We visited several refugee camps in Uganda. The camp “Pegerinia” currently has 45,000 refuges. They started a “new” life by building themselves small earth houses with a thatched roof. They are receiving 26lb of corn and some beans per person a month. Living here in constant hunger they have no goal or future for themselves or their children.
About 100 adults with an equal number of children gathered for a service that was organized because of us coming. The primitive church building, built of wooden poles and a tarpaulin stretched between them, somehow protected us from the burning sun. The heat on the streets was unbearable. Despite all this, people in the church sang and praised God. They didn’t stop smiling. When we asked what their most urgent need was, one woman answered – the lack of food. Children who saw candy in the hands of our team members, Nicholas Kwach, attacked him like vultures! Involuntarily, the Savior’s words come to my mind: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36
For the first time I began to pray for this country and the people who want to live and raise children and make future plans. After all, these are our brothers and sisters in great trouble and need. We want to build each community a canopy with a roof and help with food (about $1200). One bag of rice contains 55lb and costs about $25. We also purchased the first 5 motorcycles for evangelists, who will open new churches in refugee camps.
From the heart I want to thank everyone who prays and supports our ministry in this region! May the Lord reward you!
President of New Fields Ministries
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