In 1998 at the invitation of Baroness Cox of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Dennis Bennett made his first visit into war torn Southern Sudan. What he experienced moved his soul. The South had been ravaged by two civil wars brought on by the genocidal practices of the Government of (northern) Sudan. Decades of rape, pillage and plunder along with the taking of slaves left a country devastated and in need of healing and hope. When asked what they needed Dennis found that what the people wanted most was the Word of God, Bibles.
When Dennis returned home, his wife Diane joined him in beginning what then came to be known as the Blue Nile Project, serving Southern Blue Nile. Together they worked with several Christian schools, found translations of the Bible in tribal languages and began the printing of God's word for the peoples of the Southern Sudan. When Dennis came back with those Bibles the people gave him the name "the man who returns". They had become used to broken promises but here was one who kept his promise and brought them the desire of their hearts.
In 2001, the Blue Nile Project became incorporated as Servant's Heart and expanded into eastern Upper Nile. While the war raged on Dennis and Diane continued to print Bibles and arrange emergency relief. Trips from 1999 to 2002 brought thousands of Bibles and hymnals to the people of the Nuer, Maaban and Uduk tribes along with food and survival items.
Servant's Heart opened the first school ever in this forgotten area of no roads, electricity or hope. But here at last was hope brought by people who cared for the souls of these forgotten. That one school would eventually grow into three with a combined enrollment of nearly 3,000. Two medical clinics would be started, each seeing 70 to 100 patients daily. 23 wells would be drilled to provide ample clean water. Maternal and infant mortality rates plummeted through the ministry of the 13 midwives that are trained and hired by Servant's Heart. Our leprosy treatment program identified and publicized that there was indeed a problem and then we began treatment. We now have over 100 patients receiving the hope of being freed from this horrible disease.
Servant's Heart for many years was the only outside Christian organization, indeed the only organization, working in Eastern Upper Nile. We continue to hire only local indigenous people to work in our churches, schools and clinics, thus providing the beginning of an economy. This gives the people a sense of self empowerment and hope. It is the purpose of Servant's Heart to share the love of Christ with these people and our hope is that you will join with us in helping them help themselves.
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A: Servant's Heart is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization and your donation is tax deductible in the United States, as permitted by law. You will automatically receive a year end statement in January for tax purposes.
Q: Is Servant's Heart a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)?
A: We are not currently accredited with ECFA but we are considering affiliation. In the past, we felt the expense did not justify the accreditation. This is currently under review.
Q: Does Servant's Heart have paid personnel in the U.S.?
A: All help stateside is volunteer including the Executive Director. Your donations are directed for the work in East Africa and it is our responsibility to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us.