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Thursday, July 19, 2012

what's it like?

Frequently I'm asked, "What's it like in South Sudan?" 



For the most part South Sudan is an experience that must be participated in to fully understand.  But this summer while in the US on a short Homeland Ministry Assignment I've noticed that there are a few things that you might be able to relate to . . . .  



It's HOT in South Sudan.  
And it's been HOT here too!


High's reaching 100 degrees or more.
Low's in the high 70's or even 80's.





And during the dry season (November - April) everything turns brown. 
While in Indiana attending a seminar at WGM's Headquarters last week it was sad to hear of farmers plowing their crops under due to lack of rain. 

July 4th is always celebrated with vigor in the US:  cookouts, fireworks, and people displaying and wearing the flag. 

Reports are that on July 9th
there were big celebrations to celebrate the first Independence day in the
Republic of South Sudan. 











to see little more of what South Sudan is like watch this short video.


news from the field

Hillary Langat, a Clinical Officer from Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, sees patients at the In Deed and Truth Clinic in Tonj during a 3 week trip in June.  Volunteers from Tenwek have been a big blessing to this ministry. 

Pray as WGM's friend, Dr. Rossi (on right), is in Tonj now, covering for "In Deed and Truth's" full time Doctor who is on leave this summer. 

Deng Jongkuch, the Hospital Administrator at Memorial Christian Hospital in Werkok, visited Tonj last week to learn from another health care ministry.  (above Deng and I are visiting during one of my visits last March) Deng was particularly excited to sit in on a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training that was taking place.  

Pray as we explore opportunities for the future.  Read more about Deng in The Call, WGM's free magazine. 

Eight pastors from Akot and Tonj traveled to Arua, in northern Uganda, this month to learn more about Biblical Storytelling with the Coppedge family.  We're grateful for the time they had as they lived, learned, and fellowshipped together.  Please pray for these pastors as they each share 25 Bible stories before September.

Shortly after arriving home in NJ I was able to have lunch with Tim Conaway from my hometown of Mullica Hill, NJ.  Tim is joining the Mango Ministry team in September as a Logistician.  Nothing in South Sudan is easy and everything takes meticulous planning.   Tim's going to be our detail guy!  We're also excited that Whitney Smith will be traveling to South Sudan at the same time and will be involved in walking alongside our partners who are doing CHE training.  Since Whitney is from Fort Payne, AL I'm going to have to wait till she's in Nairobi to have lunch with her! 

And just before I left East Africa for NJ I had the priviledge of getting together with WGM's leaders in Africa for a Regional Retreat.  We are standing at the base of a huge baobab tree. 
(Billy and Jenny Fuller, Pam and Mike Chupp, Alice and Jim Vanderhoof, Karen and Terry Duncan, Vera and Jon Steury, Joy Phillips, Jon Mayo, and Beth and John Muehleisen)

Thanks for your prayers that are helping bring the Kingdom of God to South Sudan!