I am going to South Sudan in January to serve with Partners in Compassionate Care at Memorial Christian Hospital in Werkok. Partner with me!
My first encounter with the crisis happening in Southern Sudan occurred on July 18, 2006. It all started with a dream. An excerpt from my journal:
I saw the dry land, famine, little kids playing on big boulders in the river, roaming alone through the open land. I was there with a team, to minister, help, cover news press, care for the citizens, pray, share the gospel. Then the huts got more run down, a collapsed one, little kids running out of them, trying to take cover someplace else. Fear, danger, violence, abandonment. Then unbearable sights. A mud stream of sandy, rocky, murky, bloody, and drenched puddles. A quicksand view of pebbles, sand, blood, flesh, babies. Dead babies. Dead bodies. Killings. Terror. Bodies. Blood. Slop, unrecognizable corpses, small children. Dead holding places, military with riffles, uniforms. Violence. Children scattered, deprived, famished, starving, in need of shelter, and protection. More blood. Deep crimson red blood, stained on white cloth. So much pain, blood, deaths. Almost too unbearable to see and keep my eyes closed to watch so much killing and hatred. Peace is needed. No one’s coming to help. Deserted. Terror! More bodies, poor, poor babies. I’m crying as I try to bear it. Why so much genocide? Now there’s a dark, dank, long white pavilion that is rectangle shaped with side wooden beams. It’s dark, a dark place of sorrow. A place of sin, of sex slaves, young girls taken here to be used and fooled with for pleasure, pain, and control. It’s so unbearable. Filthy. God, please rescue them! Save them! Then, I am at the United Nations assembly and on a big black screen, illuminated in golden yellow words: DARFUR CRISIS scrolls on repeat across the screen.
After what I witnessed, I knew that God was calling me to act. Over the course of four years, the suffering worsened. The dreams continued, the call grew louder. In 2010, I begin work fundraising for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 2011 I created artwork and poetry expressing the plight of South Sudanese refugees and displayed it at an exhibit and spoken word event I hosted in Washington, D.C.
Still, God is calling me to more. In January 2013, I will be going to South Sudan for the first time. I will be serving with Partners in Compassionate Care (PCC) at the Memorial Christian Hospital (MCH) in Werkok, South Sudan. We will serve as God’s hands and feet to those in need. I will be teaching nutrition classes, writing grants and establishing the framework for small business ventures to bring in revenue for the hospital.
My goal is to raise $4,000 to cover my airfare and a month of living expenses and supplies = 100 people giving $40 or 400 people giving $10. Whatever you have to give, $10, $40, $50, $100 or more, it would mean so much to me.
Will you please plant a seed and help send me to South Sudan?
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me...'I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!' ~Matthew 25:35-40
To donate on the PCC website:
If you would like to donate by phone, call (866) 650-3336. To donate by mail, please send donations to: Partners in Compassionate Care, PO Box 150278, Grand Rapids, MI 49515. You can also download our Donation Form to mail in.
PCC was founded in 2004 by a group of ordinary people who saw desperate needs in a war-torn land and committed to act on their conviction that they could bring solutions through partnership. They model their actions on the teachings of Christ, and their mission is to provide hope and healing for the people of Southern Sudan by partnering with like-minded organizations and individuals.
PCC started as a group of nine, some of whom had served as American parents to the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan who arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2000. When Sudanese church leaders invited them to visit Werkok to see how difficult everyday Sudanese life can be, nine of them traveled to Southern Sudan in 2004, at their expense, to assess medical care.
What they saw was unbelievably poor living conditions and nearly nonexistent health care, but they also saw an amazingly vibrant Christian church.
And so they formed Partners in Compassionate Care. Memorial Christian Hospital was started in Werkok, Sudan in 2006 by PCC, to meet the needs of the nearby Dinka villages, which had no source of medical help.