Category Archives: Serving Areas

A “Ministry of Mud”

A “Ministry of Mud”

A pastor once described his job as putting on gum boots and wading through the muck of people’s lives. He didn’t mean it in a condescending way, just as an honest appraisal of the human condition. All of us come with baggage. Some of it’s personal. And some of it’s dumped on us by other […]

Quieting the Storm

Quieting the Storm

By Ed Lyons In Mark 4, we find the disciples fearing for their lives as a storm buffets their tiny boat. Although the boat was filling with water, Jesus is asleep in the stern. His disciples awaken and challenge Him: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Of course, Jesus cared. The Scriptures […]

Settling in for the Storm

Settling in for the Storm

The long rains have begun in Sudan’s Nuba mountains. For the next few months, the Nuba people will be cut off from almost all outside help. The few “open roads” into this embattled area are now swamps, prohibiting all but the most robust vehicles from getting through. This means that regular food, medicine and other […]

Just Another Day in the Foxhole

Just Another Day in the Foxhole

By Ed Lyons For the 10 years I’ve worked with Persecution Project Foundation, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all over South Sudan. Mostly, it has been during times of peace. But recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Nuba mountains of northern Sudan to oversee PPF projects in an area which is an […]

“Suffering Children” vs. Children Suffering

“Suffering Children” vs. Children Suffering

By Brad Phillips In the April Africa Messenger, one of our directors, Matt Chancey, wrote about the importance of children not only to our ministry, but to the Church as a whole. He admitted that our work in Africa among marginalized communities had changed his perspective of where children fit into the social and religious equation. […]

Water in a War Zone

Water in a War Zone

PPF’s Well Repair Project in the Nuba Mountains In June, 2011, the jihadist government in Sudan launched a war of genocide in the Nuba mountains of Sudan, which is home to that country’s largest Christian community. The government closed the airspace and issued an order for all foreign humanitarian organizations to leave. That’s when PPF […]

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

By Matt Chancey In Africa, children are everywhere. Whether in the big cities or in the middle of nowhere, children always outnumber adults. Lots of young people mean lots of future consumers needing mobile phones, clothing, food and other consumables. So popular Western brands are pouring into the developing world to go after these new […]

Partners in “Crime”

Partners in “Crime”

By Brad Phillips Southern Kordofan State, a.k.a. “the Nuba mountains,” has been described in the historic 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as one of “three contested areas” in Sudan – the others being Abyei and Blue Nile State. For decades, the residents of the “three areas” have been isolated and marginalized by Khartoum. There are […]

As They Lay Sleeping

As They Lay Sleeping

Um Serdiba is a Nuba community within shelling range of Sudan Armed Forces’ (SAF) artillery in the nearby garrison city of Kadugli. But Um Serdiba is not a military target. It is the home of several thousand Nuba IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). Last week, SAF artillery shells killed three Nuba children as they lay sleeping […]

Loving Our Enemies

Loving Our Enemies

By Brad Phillips “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecuted you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the […]