Let me introduce you to three women: Akuol, Ayen and Aguer.
Their names might be unfamiliar to us, yet these women are no different from you and me. They have cares and concerns for their families, just like we do. Their children are typical kids, just like yours and mine. Yet, their experiences are harsher than most of us will live through.
Akuol and Ayen are two women in a sea of refugees in Uganda. Each day, Uganda is flooded with thousands of people fleeing South Sudan. We were able to transport, with your generous support, these women and their children, and other family members, to the safety of refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya.
Aguer and her children are still in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Aguer does not have enough food to feed her children.
These women and children need our help. Will you join me in praying for them?
Prayer is not an excuse to shirk our responsibility to do more. It is not an easy way out. The reason we pray is because God can do far more than we can imagine or hope for.
We can pray boldly because we turn to a God who is strong, powerful, loving, and who cares about each one of us, including Akuol, Ayen and Aguer and their children and the intimate details of their lives.
There is little hope of new life for these people, unless we pray.
The problems in South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya are overwhelming. The current situation and future for these women and children is bleak. Yet, we hope in and pray to a God who can make a difference.
What we can do, and what we can do well is pray.
Akuol Buol Ayuel has six children: Dut, Angeer, Aluong, Bol, khot, and Agot. Pray for Akuol and her children in the refugee camp in Uganda.
Akuol took in a boy, who had lost his mother, and raised him like her own son. Recently, this boy died from blood loss complications. The vehicle he was traveling in came under heavy attack and everyone was killed instantly, except this boy. He hung onto life and died two days later. He was 22 years old. Akuol is a strong woman but this loss has left her feeling hopeless. Pray for Akuol.
Ayen Buol Ayuel has 5 children: Chan, Ngor ,Bol, Khot, and Machar. Pray for Ayen and her children in the refugee camp in Uganda.
(Both these women have twins. Bol and Khot are the names given to children born after twins.)
Aguer Geu Ayuel has five children. Her older daughter’s name is Adut. We do not have the names of her other children. They live in Juba, South Sudan. Aguer asked for help because she does not have enough food to feed her children. The situation in South Sudan is dire. Please pray for Aguer and her children.
Lost Girls: Silent and Suffering is part of the #BeBoldGirl series. It tells the story of Yar’s harrowing journey from near death in Sudan to a new life in the United States. With the recent conflict in South Sudan, her family members are in a similar turmoil. However, unlike Yar who trekked many miles from Sudan to Uganda, we were able to fly them to safety in refugee camps in Uganda and Kenya. Read more here.