As I left Nuba Mountains, Sudan Francis left Nairobi, Kenya leading two large trucks full of tons of supplies for headed for Our Father’s Cleft in Nuba.
Early this morning, as our guys drove through South Sudan, a heavily armed gang attacked them, beat them and robbed them of their personal food, funds, phones, all the way down to their shoes. Then, they left them there, with our orphan supplies.
Yes. They took Francis and drivers’ supplies from the cab of the trucks, but did not open the back of either truck or attempt to steal those supplies. I’ve never heard of such a thing, as these supplies are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Black Market, which is a well-oiled mechanism in South Sudan. Francis called Eugenio from a borrowed phone in the next village. He is badly shaken, and will call us later with more details and how they will proceed. We will have to find a way to get them cash for food, as they have no food and no funds.
It rained heavily on the day I left Nuba. Francis and our trucks are on a tight timeline to get these supplies through the mountains before they become impassable. Please keep them in your prayers.
Jesus, deliver us in our hour of need…