In 2000, Frank Blackwood sensed God weeping for the people of southern Sudan and answered the call to minister to a generation who had been plagued by decades of war and poverty. This was the foundation of Every Village, then called Aid Sudan, with a primary goal to help the people of southern Sudan rebuild the devastations.
In the years to come, Every Village would play an important role in laying the groundwork for the southern Sudanese to establish peace in their hearts and in their nation. And on July 9, 2011, we celebrated with our brothers and sisters of South Sudan as they broke off from Sudan to become the world's newest nation. But the struggle for independence left South Sudan as a nation far behind. They were a people with great challenges but with an equally great strength to persevere. Their needs were clear: a lack of access to clean water and the gospel of Christ.
In response to these needs, Every Village began drilling of water wells to provide clean water to communities, launching radio stations to broadcast the gospel in local languages, and sending missionaries to teach South Sudanese leaders the word of God.