ACROSS – STAGE III starting
An extra-ordinary meeting of the Board was held in UK in March 1988.
ACROSS had been expelled from Sudan. Security in South Sudan was deteriorating – but:
Southern politicians had appealed to ACROSS not to be too hasty in dissolving the organisation.
Sudanese church leaders had given suggestions as to how ACROSS could continue to serve South Sudan.
Chairman Dr. Dick Anderson spoke on Mary’s anointing of Jesus Mark 14:4, Matt 26:8 – “Why this waste?”
After much discussion a motion to liquidate ACROSS would have been passed unanimously. It was however decided to sleep on it. Next morning it was unanimously resolved to continue.
Within several months – 11 new projects were approved, all but one, church related. This marked a significant development in closer church relationships.
The projects included:
Assistance to the church in evangelism programs.
Emergency relief in both North and South Sudan.
Assisting churches to continue ACROSS initiated projects.
Service ministry to Sudanese churches – transport, post, banking etc.
Emergency relief to 350,000 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.
Sudan Literature Centre.
Within Sudan – greatly increased hardship – devastation by floods in Khartoum August 1988.
In November, 1988 8,000 reported deaths from starvation in Aweil – No children under 5 left alive.
By the end of 1988 all Ugandan refugees had returned home.
350,000 Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, 35,000 in Uganda.
Displaced Sudanese – 40,000 in Yei, 70,000 in Kapoeta, 80,000 in Juba (making total population 200,000) 1 million in Khartoum.