Evangelical Missionaries Provide Aid Through Relief Groups

May 28, 2004

Source: PBS


On May 28, 2004 PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly ran a feature story on the work of evangelical Christian missionaries in the Sudan: "[H]uman rights activists demonstrated in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. Representatives from the U.S. Episcopal Church, Amnesty International, and others protested ongoing human rights violations in Sudan. Last week, Sudanese police raided the Episcopal Church headquarters in Khartoum and evicted church officials. The protesters also denounced what they called genocide being waged in the southern and western parts of the country. For more than 20 years, Sudan has been locked in a brutal civil war between the Islamist government in the North and the Christian and animist South. In recent months, a new conflict has also raged in the western Darfur region, which is predominantly Muslim. This week, the Sudanese government signed a preliminary peace agreement with southern rebels, but details are still being worked out. Evangelist Franklin Graham is among those who are skeptical the peace plan will hold. Graham's relief group, Samaritan's Purse, is active in Southern Sudan, where war and famine have taken a devastating toll. Fred de Sam Lazaro traveled to Sudan to see their work."