Category Archives: Transportation & Logistics

Into the Void: Part I

Into the Void: Part I

Void: An empty space. What I just witnessed never happened. You won’t read about it anywhere in the news. No one is talking about it. Yet I just returned from seeing the biggest humanitarian crisis going on in Africa today… and most of the world is doing nothing about it. Several weeks ago, I wrote […]

A Year-End Appeal

A Year-End Appeal

By Brad Phillips As I write these lines from Nairobi, Kenya, I am envisioning what things must look like back home in the States. Doubtlessly, small towns are putting out Christmas decorations. People are taking down the lighted reindeer lawn ornaments from their attics. Retailers are pulling out all the stops to lure consumers in […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

From about May to early December, Southern Sudan has its rainy season. And sometimes when it rains, it just keeps raining. After weeks and weeks of soaking rain, the ground is saturated and the land becomes just one big mud bog. The sticky mud, called black cotton, will suck one’s shoes right off his feet. […]

Serving God in the Best of Times & the Worst of Times

Serving God in the Best of Times & the Worst of Times

By Brad Phillips, President PPF Dear Friend of the Persecuted, I have something very important to share with you. I feel like I’m living in Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities because right now, it’s “the best of times and the worst of times.” It is the “worst of times” because despite the assurances from several […]

A Close Call

A Close Call

Working in Southern Sudan is not easy. God has blessed PPF with so much success through the years that it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t take much for things to quickly go very, very wrong. We were reminded of this in early April when we received a distressing e-mail from Nashon M., our agent […]

"Mercy" Arrives in Southern Sudan

"Mercy" Arrives in Southern Sudan

During PPF’s Christmas outreaches, a team traveled south of Southern Darfur to the river town of Nyamlel, to visit an orphanage supported by PPF ministry partner African Leadership. While in Nyamlel, our vehicle suffered a puncture in one of the tires (a normal occurrence). After putting on a spare, which looked like it was about to join its predecessor, the driver recommended we drive to his office in Aweil to pick up a better spare. This would take us two hours out of our way, but we didn’t want to risk sleeping with hyenas in the desolate bush between us and our base camp in Jaac.

52 Life-Giving Wells… and Counting

52 Life-Giving Wells… and Counting

I was somewhere between Gok Machar and Jaac with my team. It had already been a long day. What was supposed to be a three-hour journey had doubled. It was well past dark, and our vehicle was weaving in and out between trees and thorn bushes, trying to avoid the occasional stump protruding from the “road” that was really nothing more than a glorified cow path.

The Newest "Addition" to the PPF Family

The Newest "Addition" to the PPF Family

One of the most expensive parts of PPF’s work in Africa is transportation. Traditionally, the most frequent mode of transport in places like Southern Sudan has been by air. But chartering airplanes is expensive — VERY expensive. Road transportation is much cheaper. It’s also slower and has traditionally been challenged by poor roads and security concerns.