Smyrna traditionally partners with Christian leaders/ministries who are native to the country/region where they are ministering. However, because of the exceptional work Brad does and the urgent needs of the people of Sudan, Smyrna is proud to support the Persecution Project Foundation.
As a teenager, traveling throughout war-ravaged areas of Africa with his dad, Brad Phillips witnessed the reality of religious persecution in terms of blood, disease, starvation and death.
In 1997, he launched a grassroots effort to mobilize American Christians to intercede on behalf of the Persecuted Church in Africa. That campaign led to the founding of Persecution Project Foundation (PPF).
The purpose of PPF is to mobilize Christians to engage in Active Compassion for the Persecuted. In 1998, Brad travelled to war-ravaged Sudan and shot hours of video chronicling brutal persecution against Christians in southern Sudan by the National Islamic Front government.
This began a long journey, taking Brad and PPF through virtually every corner of southern Sudan. PPF helped local pastors plant churches, supported orphanages, provided emergency relief to refugees—and kept taking pictures.
In 2004, PPF expanded its work to include a growing number of refugees on the Darfur border fleeing the genocide further north. Wells were dug, a clinic was built, educational services were provided, and pastoral training classes began.
In addition, Brad and his ministry partners founded an internationally recognized boarding school. They launched Radio PEACE, Sudan’s premier Christian radio station, broadcasting in six languages. And they continue to provide water wells, build schools and churches, train indigenous pastors and evangelists and distribute bibles and discipleship materials.
Brad’s vision and discipline stem from imitating his Savior. As he says, “Jesus and His Apostles spent much of the New Testament showing that they were telling the truth. And one way they did this was by offering themselves to others as living sacrifices. They filled the earth with their good deeds, their uplifting spirits, their conviction of sin and offer of forgiveness even unto death. I’ve learned through my work with PPF that the Gospel is not about getting people to say a scripted prayer or getting some kind of formula just right in order to be saved. It’s about loving others and hating sin – and hating our own sin before hating the sin of others. It’s about modeling the life of Christ in all we do. It’s about pouring ourselves into serving the least attractive, the least important in our society.”
Smyrna supports PPF’s efforts to provide refugee relief at a time of critical need for hundreds of refugees and internally displaced persons in Sudan. We also provide support for water distribution projects, evangelism training, pastoral training, and children’s schooling. Since 2006, PPF’s Safe Water campaign has drilled 80 wells and repaired 200 broken wells for marginalized and persecuted people in Sudan and South Sudan, providing clean, safe water for more than 400,000. Their Safe Water campaign also funds things such as water purification systems, solar-powered pumps, and health and sanitation training for thousands who would not otherwise have access to safe, clean water.
Please keep Brad and his ministry in your prayers, and visit http://persecutionproject.org/ to learn more about what God is doing in Sudan.