Barnabus Fund

Barnabus Fund provide hope and aid to persectued Christians around the world. As a church we have supported Barnabus Fund over the years and a number of the members of the church receive regular updates of their work.

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Thanks to incredibly generous donations from our supporters, we are once again extending our Exodus mission; preparations are underway to rescue a further 3,400 Christians from Sudan. But we still need to raise £76,000 to cover a shortfall in the additional cost.

Since the launch of this major operation around a year ago, we have airlifted or bussed nearly 5,000 vulnerable Christians to South Sudan where they are beginning a new life free from the oppression and hostility they have endured for years in the overwhelmingly Muslim North. We have been prioritising the most needy women, around two-thirds of whom are widows, and children.

Now our partners in Sudan Africa Inland Church – Sudan (AIC – S), are mobilising for the mass transportation of another 3,400 people. These stranded Christians have been staying in primitive tented camps on the outskirts of Khartoum for years. Their plight is worsening as the rainy season creates bog-like conditions; the mud is reportedly waist-high in places.

But the biggest danger to these believers is the increasingly Many children still living in makeshift tentsaggressive Islamist government, which is seeking to eradicate the Christian presence in Sudan and strengthen sharia law.

Following the secession of South Sudan in 2011, people of Southern origin were stripped of their citizenship of Sudan and given a deadline to leave. Hundreds of thousands of Southerners, who are mostly Christians, had fled to the North during the brutal 22-year-long civil war that ended in 2005. The South was ravaged as the North fought to impose sharia law in the territory.

Many Southerners have now returned to their homeland but the most poor and vulnerable, who lack the resources to transport themselves and their families, remain trapped.

Barnabas initially airlifted the Christians to safety, but when major road connections between Sudan and South Sudan re-opened in October last year, they enabled us to transport people by bus at a lower cost, meaning that we could help more people than originally planned.

Suzy, a young mother who has been returned home, said, "After many years of suffering and prayers, God opened the way for us."

It costs around £110 (€127; US$169; AUS$188; NZ$215) to transport one person by bus.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said:

We are very grateful that our supporters have been moved by the plight of their Christian family in Sudan to give generously to this rescue mission. We must now call on your help again as we prepare to assist more endangered women and children. Perhaps you could ask your church to have a collection for this cause?

The Barnabus Fund website will tell you more about their work and how to support their work.

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