Dear Friend of Mission ONE,
I am writing to tell you about an urgent need from one of our partnering organization in South Sudan, Evangelical Free Church of South Sudan—led by Severino Janus. As you may know, the UN has declared famine in South Sudan due to persisting civil war. People continue to flee their homes to find refuge in neighboring countries, the economy has collapsed, lootings and killings are resulting from desperation, and tens of thousands are threatened by starvation. Following is an excerpt from a letter that I just received from Severino:
"Things are so difficult in South Sudan. Many people are coming to us thinking that we have food. My heart is troubled so much because of these people. When you suggested that you would like to send me a ticket to flee to Uganda, I became even more concerned for my people. We have more than 200 believers in the church here. How can I, as a leader, leave them behind? Please pray for God’s provision so that we may buy food in Uganda and rescue them. The situation here is very bad. Almost three-quarter of the citizens have escaped to the neighboring countries. The areas are all militarized. Killing and looting have become the order of the day in South Sudan. Hunger and disease are killing so many of those who survive. Coupled with all of the above problems, most foreign banks that were operating in South Sudan are now closed, making it difficult to receive any hard currency. Most organizations open their bank accounts in neighboring countries. It is now a must for some of us to leave the country.
I would like to humbly make the following plea:
1. Please provide money, so that Rose and I, and our daughter can flee to Uganda.
2. Please provide money to help the 200+ believers who are trapped by the war in South Sudan. They need to buy food from Uganda, or wherever they can find it.
3. Please pray for peace in South Sudan, so that those who are suffering in the refugee camps in neighboring countries can return home. We are exploring creative ways to get cash to Severino. However, we need your immediate help. We need to raise $10,000 as soon as possible so that we can provide the relief requested above."
Will you prayerfully consider a gift to Mission ONE now? You may give on our website below, or mail a check to:
PO Box 5960
Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Be sure to designate your gift, “Relief for S. Sudan Christians”. Will you also commit to praying daily for our brothers and sisters in South Sudan?
Your servant in Christ,
"And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'" —Matthew 25:40