We first attempted to enter the Nuba Mountains in 2014, but were shopped short of Sudan’s border at a place called Yida. At the time, Yida was populated by approximately 10,000 Nuban refugees.
We built relationships with the refugees there, and returned to facilitate mobile clinics and offer training for pastors in the camp. We were overjoyed at the ministry we had found in Yida, but we yearned to reach those trapped beyond the Sudanese border, so we prayed for an opportunity to reach the un-reached.
The Nuba Mountains are located in the region of South Kordofan, Sudan. In 2011, the government of Khartoum, Sudan began to exact genocide on the Nuba people. They dropped bombs from Antonov planes on villages and crops. They facilitated ground troop movements, and they even carried out starvation campaigns, refusing to grant the United Nations or any other non-governmental organization humanitarian access to the region.
Tens of thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that has gone largely unnoticed by the world.
During Sudan’s 30+ year civil war, the people of the Nuba Mountains were caught between Sudan’s Islamic government based in Khartoum and the south's rebel army, called the SPLA. Although the Nuba people are largely Muslim, they are not Arab in ethnicity. As Khartoum sought to create a Arabized Sudan, the Nuba people aligned themselves with the SPLA in the south.
But when the Civil War ended in 2011 and lines for the new South Sudan were drawn, the people of the Nuba Mountains found themselves on the Khartoum side of the border—trapped in a country whose government wanted to exterminate them.
We first attempted to enter the Nuba Mountains in 2014, but were shopped short of Sudan’s border at a place called Yida. At the time, Yida was populated by approximately 10,000 Nuban refugees. We built relationships with the refugees there and returned to facilitate mobile clinics and offer training for pastors in the camp.
It would be two more years before we met Kuti Yassir, the Man of Peace for the Nuba Mountains, in a firestorm in South Sudan.
With Yassir's direction, political prowess and God-given vision for his people, we have been able to access the Nuba Mountains and provide humanitarian relief, training and opportunities for self-sustaining ministry there.
INTER-FAITH YOUTH CONFERENCE
At the Inter-Faith Youth Conference, Christian and Muslim leaders gathered to discuss ways to build up future generations. We spoke on the Good Samaritan, and Jesus’ principles of service, discipleship and unwavering, unconditional love. On the final day, we learned that the attendees—composed of both Christians and Muslims—had one overarching takeaway: the strongest teaching during the entire conference was that on love.
2019 NUBA MOUNTAIN
CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
This year 250 Christians and Muslims gathered in the Nuba Mountains to worship and discover where leadership starts: answering the question, "Who do you say Jesus is?" The two-day conference focused on a Biblical understanding of the person of Jesus and the impact that has for those in positions of leadership. The Gospel is growing in this difficult-to-reach place!
2018 NUBA MOUNTAIN
CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
For the first time in the history of the Nuba Mountains, Christians from six different denominations—some walking up to 8 hours to attend—sat side-by-side to hear the Word of God preached and learn how to better lead their congregations, neighbors and future generations. There were over 300 in attendance.