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:
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.