Here is a Postcard from Sudan written by Gary Johnson.
Catching up may seem like a strange title as many from our team has posted on this blog; there are reasons though for that title. Oddly enough since we have been in Lui since Tuesday, today, Friday was my first day in Lui. You see two hours after I got here, I left for Juba to find carpentry tools. However first things first.
Those of you who know me, know that Florida is home. It is the place of my birth and my formation. You never let go of that sense of belonging. St.…Continue
Friends, huge thanks to the mission team especially Maria and Pauline for getting the pipeline of photos up so quickly. Prayers for continued internet connectivity in South Sudan!
I've moved the current photo box just under these blog posts, and it is larger. The slideshow is set to "recent" but you can also click the "see all" option.
We're attempting to corral all Lui trip bits onto these pages at LuiNetwork--please feel free to add (or alert us) about any…Continue
...and today, for me, it came in the face of a Moru woman named Joy Sista. Chris has been teaching the women sewing skills on the Singer treadle sewing machines that are popular here because they don't require electricity. One was not working. I looked over the one that was working and realized it was missing a bolt that connects the flywheel under the table to the shaft that spins when the treadle was pumped. There were some other non-working machines there so I scavenged a bolt from…Continue
...are becoming quite real.
For some time now, I've heard these names on various Sundays at Trinity-Kirksville, as well as some others: "Vasco, Gordon, Margrate, Luijini School, Eboul..." the list goes on and on. For the longest time, they were just names. Sure, I was glad to pray those names, but now these names are as real as the handshakes I've received from these folks. It has almost instantly become a different level of investment. When we all return home, the Prayers…Continue
Wow. What else can one say at this point?
We spent nearly 36 hours travelling to Lui -- St. Louis to Detroit; Detroit to Amsterdam; Amsterdam to Entebbe, Uganda, via Kigali, Rwanda. We slept 1/2 a night at a lovely Episcopal guest house in Kampala (the city where the Entebbe airport is located); took a memorable drive across and out of town to the Kajjansi airfield; boarded a small plane and flew to a border stop where re-fueling involved a step-ladder and hand-crank pump…
Just received a text from Dan from Lui. They are all safe and sound and doing well. Dan is on his way to Juba with Stephen and Darrius to purchase tools and pick up the missioners from Sweden. On the road to Juba after being in Lui less than 2 hours. Quick turn around.
I received a text from Pauline at 2.30 pm Lui time, 11.30 am UK time, 05:30 am Missouri time that the group have arrived safely (in Lui) and have just had lunch.
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The MAF shuttle -- Tuesdays and Thursdays from their Kajjansi Field in Kampala around Western Equatoria State of South Sudan. The pilot explains why he or she has an air pressure mask and you don't, and then he or she prays for flight safety and your mission in South Sudan before taking off. Sometimes MAF provides sandwiches or cookies, usually water bottles. Seatbelts are shoulder and lap belts. The plane is loud, and the flight to Mundri takes about 2.5 hours, depending on what stops…Continue
We have arrived safe and sound but a little late in Kampala (a group of eight would-be passengers had checked in but never made it as far as the Departure Gate so we had to wait whilst their luggage was unloaded). A comfortable but unusually (according to the Captain) bumpy flight with turbulence especially over North Africa and as we flew down the Nile to Kampala.
Jeannie and I are now sitting on the terrace of the (Namirembe) Guest House watching the garden staff at work…Continue
Pauline Batstone and Jeannie Stevens who flew from UK on Sunday, have been in contact and tell me that they arrived safely at the Namirembe Guest House. I'll post a short report from them later.
Today the six members of the current Lui team from the Diocese of Missouri were commissioned and prayed over at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. It was a lovely service, and the team seems ready to go.
There was some last minute weighing of supplies to be sure they're within the kilogram limits imposed by Mission Aviation Fellowship, the group that will fly them from Kampala, Uganda, into Mundri, the nearest airstrip to Lui in South Sudan.…Continue
as you set off on your long journeys from Missouri, Lund and UK to Lui. We pray you will be a blessing to our fellow Christians in Lui Diocese, and that first-timers will find their visit as moving and fulfilling as we others have before. We also pray that you will have trouble-free journeys and have good health throughout the trip. We will be following you and your blogs day by day, provided the internet is working for you.
Lui Diocese always in our thoughts.