Every good storyteller knows that all epic stories have three acts—Act I: Everything is great and you love the characters. Act II: Some crisis presents itself throwing everyone and everything off kilter. Act III: Resolution. Think “Lord of the Rings.” Act I: Frodo and all the hobbits lived in a veritable utopia. Act II: Bilbo brought in serious trouble by trying to keep the ring for himself. Act III: An odd mix of characters all fall down the rabbit hole together in an effort to restore peace. Biblically, we experience this as “All is well. Nothing is well. Everything is well.” Think Virgin Birth, Death, and Resurrection. In life we experience this as infancy (total innocence and dependence), teenager (necessary consternation as we self-differentiate and explore life beyond our family of origin), and maturity (acceptance of both our dependence and our necessary individuation). In oppressed places of the world—like Sudan—it rattles on something like, “It’s a constant battle, but I’m surviving,” to “My world is coming to an end,” to either “a literal end or outside intervention.”
As I wrote last week in my Hovering Hope blog, the first act is unprecedented flooding in Sudan and South Sudan—along with collateral damage from high winds and pelting rain. Even as we scramble to raise enough funds for our General Fund to cover the widespread needs from repairing our boys’ dormitory, to rebuilding latrines (toilets), to drilling clean wells et al. the predicted complex problem of cholera has already gone epidemic.
After reading Hovering Hope and learning of the great floods damaging all three of the Make Way Partners orphanages, scores of people responded by writing or calling from around the world. Some contacted us to make immediate donations; others called asking for documentation as not much is being written about it from other sources. This powerful piece from Nuba Reports reveals once again that this problem of “secret, silent, or voiceless suffering” is due to government suppression and oppression.
The worst news is that the U.S. and other leading countries collude with this tyranny out of fear of the backlash. As Nuba Reports writes “…fearing a repeat of 2009 where Sudanese authorities expelled 13 foreign aid bodies, international health organisations are following Khartoum’s lead in denying the existence of the disease. The UN World Health Organization, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the U.S. Agency for International Development continue to refer to the disease as “acute watery diarrhea” despite considerable medical proof suggesting otherwise.” (Nuba Reports, 2017)
The good news is that even during the 2009 expulsion, Make Way Partners never missed a beat. Our kids never missed a meal, and our schools carried on full force. This is due to our powerful indigenously-led network—fueled by your prayer and financial support. Our work is not dependent upon foreign hands administering medicine, cooking food, teaching classes, or loving our children. In a hostile war zone—led by the government against its own people—outsiders pose a threat of exposure. Locals go about their daily business even in the midst of bombs dropping, rain rising, winds howling, and cholera spreading.
Much of Act I and II are out of our control. About the only real choice we have is to mature or remain stuck in Act I and II. Together, we can write a beautiful Act III for at least 2,000 orphans and 300 indigenous staff in Sudan and South Sudan. Our job is to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters through prayer and financial support. Please visit makewaypartners.org today to make your donation to our General Fund, keeping us able to move freely between all three orphanages and make all necessary repairs and rebuilds while also saving the lives of those suffering cholera.
Love, your sister along the journey to maturation,