Human needs ministries

Healing, new life in a refugee camp

By Ariana Castro Acuña

Before undergoing two surgeries, Adeitís foot faced backward, which made it difficult for her to walk. (Photo used with permission)KAMPALA, Uganda — Her sweet smile made IMB missionary Curt Iles forget to ask what made her a child with special needs. Adeit, a little girl from South Sudan, instantly captured his heart when he was visiting Alere Refugee Camp in Uganda.

Adeit belongs to the Dinka people, a group that Iles and his wife, Dede, are trying to reach with the Gospel. Because the different camps provide refuge to a multitude from various people groups, including the Dinka, Nuer, Madi and Kuku, the Ileses have had the opportunity to visit thousands of refugees who have left South Sudan.

After a week of visiting several camps and witnessing “enough to break any heart,” as Iles writes in his blog, they came to Alere Refugee Camp. There, they met Adeit, a quiet, 9-year-old girl who is quick to offer a smile, and noticed that her foot faced backward. Iles handed her a box of UNO cards and took a photo of her, but the impact she made on his heart was much greater than a game of cards. The missionary could not stop thinking about her and found himself looking at her photo every day.

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You can help Southern Baptist human needs ministries like these by donating to the IMB's General Relief Fund.


Human needs ministries offer Southern Baptist missionaries the opportunity to love God and their neighbor by combining spiritual and physical assistance.

All human needs projects:

  • have an intentional spiritual strategy and share the Gospel.
  • have Southern Baptist personnel who are a part of the community or remain in contact with the community being served.
  • involve local input and expertise to help personnel assess needs and establish goals that make sense culturally, economically and efficiently.
  • have accountability measures.


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