Today, I received an update in the mail from Samaritan's Purse about the grim situation in Sudan. As I read through this letter, I became angry at the conditions that the Nuba people are forced to live in because they are black and the Arab nation wants to take there land. The Sudanese government is destroying entire villages with bombers, tanks and ground forces. They have cut off all relief works and journalists from the area. Samaritan's Purse had to travel on a dirt trail in vehicles coated with mud to camoflauge them from bombers just to reach the people living in the Nuba mountains.
Families are living in tiny, dirty caves to escape the bombings. Look at the faces of these children. The face of the little boy on the right is so heartwrenching.
I can't imagine being a Nuba mother watching helplessly as her children slowly starve to death. The only things they can find to eat are insects, grub, tree bark & roots. They have crops but due to the fighting, they're unable to harvest them. If they are fortunate to be able to escape and make it to the refugee camps in South Sudan, then they can get food, medical care, clean water and shelter.
Samaritan's Purse is currently feeding and caring for 120,000 people in refugee camps just across the South Sudan border in Yida & Doro. One of those refugees is 18 yr old Awate and her 2 yr old sister who was near death when they arrived at the refugee camp. Their parents sent them on the long dangerous journey to give them a chance of survival. One of the medical workers said "Her head collapsed on my chest, and I could hardly feel her breathing." Praise God that she arrived in time to be saved. However, there are so many others that cannot make that journey and are starving to death.
We need to pray for the people of Sudan. We also need to support Samaritan's Purse in their efforts. We need to contact our government
leaders and tell them that they need to take action NOW to protect the Nuba people from annihilation. Contact the President and your state representative....TODAY!!
Look at the faces of those children again. Now put yourself in that mom's place in that filthy cave and think of your own children....your friend's children....your grandchildren.... your nieces and nephews.....the children in your church.....in your neighborhood.....in your school. These children in the Nuba Mountains are just like the rest of the children in your life....with one major exception.....they're dying of starvation.
As Christians and as moms, we NEED to take a stand and let our voices be heard for those who have no voice. "Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me" (Matt. 25:40)
As we started this year, we felt that God was leading us to return to Nicaragua this summer. We prayed about taking the entire family, but decided to just take Christian & Noah. However, after an info meeting on the youth trip to Haiti, Christian wanted to go to Haiti. So we made the commitment for Rich, Noah and I to go to Nicaragua and Christian to go to Haiti. With Rich being on unemployment we had no idea where the funds would come from, but we knew that God had put this desire in our hearts. We also knew that God would provide. And he has proven so faithful!!
Back in February, our church had WOW! Sunday where all offerings are used to fund short term missions. That offering was over $80,000!! That meant that our needed funds dropped to $300 each. That was a huge blessing but still meant that we needed $1200 total for the four of us to be able to go. So we mailed out a few fundrasing letters to family and out-of-state friends. We also began praying, asking God to provide the money that we needed.
God began answering in a BIG way!! We received donations from family members and from a friend of a family member who we don't even know. Rich was given the opportunity to do a little part-time work. Christian has also had the opportunity to work for a friend. I got a call from a company I have never done any assignments for and they gave me 3 great paying assignments. Noah got a job delivering the local paper one day a week!!
Little by little the funds are coming in. By the end of this week we will have reduced our funds needed to just $600. And we know that God is not done yet. He has been so faithful during this difficult season and is showing us that He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. (Eph. 3:20)
I'm so excited to see how God provides the remaining funds. I am so thankful that I serve a powerful, amazing God who is able. "God is able ,He will never fail, He is almighty God, Greater than all we seek, Greater than all we ask, He has done great things" (Hillsong "God is Able")