Dear Friends and Prayer Partners,
We have an extremely urgent update from the field.
After nearly 10 months of being home tending to his wife and recovering from a leg injury, Kevin returned to Uganda to assist our ministry partners at Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU). With Tammy being declared free of cancer, the Lord placed it upon Kevin’s heart to book a ticket and return to the Ugandan/South Sudan border where RAU’s mission compound is located.
Within the past week and just prior to Kevin’s arrival, the security situation in this region deteriorated rapidly. Tit-for-tat skirmishes between South Sudanese militants and Ugandan troops have led to killings and homes being burned, causing many women, children and families to flee for their lives.
Last night, Kevin, along with a small team, had to repel two separate attacks directed at the RAU mission base. Earlier that evening, neighboring homes were set ablaze as Jacob and Carol Lee welcomed in additional families who were fleeing the turmoil. At approximately 3:00 am local time, as part of the second attack, the RAU base received incoming machine gun fire. The situation was so dire, Kevin texted an SWI staff member back home stating he was unsure if he was going to make it through the night. By the Grace of God, the attackers fled and daylight came without any injuries or additional incidents.
We have put together a brief video documenting the events from last night, which can be seen below:
While we’re thankful all involved made it through the night safely, we have now just received word that additional attacks have been planned in the area for tonight and tomorrow. We are requesting special prayer during this time to ensure the safety of Kevin, Jacob and Carol, as well as the entire RAU team and its guests.
In addition, as the mission base continues to take in families fleeing violence in the area, the needs to accommodate the growing number of visitors are increasing as well. If you would like to assist us in helping to respond, you may visit our support page at http://www.swi.org/support-swi/ and use the Africa/RAU tab to donate your gift. These funds will be wired to Kevin and the RAU team as soon as possible, which will enable them to continue responding to this incredibly fluid and dangerous situation.
Thank you all in advance for your fervent prayers and support. Please feel free to reply to this email to let us know you will be praying and we will ensure Kevin and others at RAU read your messages of encouragement.
We are also thankful that through God’s Sovereignty and divine timing, He has once again placed Kevin and his team in a situation where they are able to assist the church in a strategic response for a strategic harvest.
Run to the Battle!
The SWI Team