November 2012 Blog Posts (27)

On the Table

Here is a Postcard from Sudan written by Gary Johnson.

http://www.yourcathedral.blogspot.com/2012/11/gary-johnsons-postcard-from-sudan.html

Added by Evelyn Smith on November 30, 2012 at 7:17pm — 1 Comment

Catching you up

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.…

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Added by Dan Smith on November 30, 2012 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

Prayers, Friday, Nov. 30

for today's prayer, we're sharing an item from yesterday's Trinity Times.



Trinity's rector, Anne Kelsey, writes in Notes for the Journey:



This past Sunday six missioners from the Diocese of Missouri set out to travel to our companion diocese of Lui in South Sudan. As I keep these folks in my prayers I remember my last visit to Lui three years ago at the beginning of Advent. It was one of the…

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Added by beth felice on November 30, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

An explanation of those "Mothers Union" badges for those who do not know about the MU.

The Mothers Union is an women's organisation within the Anglican Church established I presume in Victorian times to support women in caring for their families. The MU in Lui is a formidable organisation led by the leading ladies of the community-Margaret who is head of the High School, Rachel from the Cathedral and the zbishops wife, Lilian. Bishop Stephen wants to empower the women of his diocese and sees the Mothers Union as the tool for doing that. The MU Members take an active role in… Continue

Added by Pauline Batstone on November 30, 2012 at 2:38am — 9 Comments

Amazing photos coming in

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…

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Added by beth felice on November 29, 2012 at 2:04pm — 3 Comments

Mothers union badges and bikes

The large parcel of 321 Mothers Union badges has been handed over to the Bidhop's wife Lilian and she, Margaret and Rachel, the head honchos of the MU here will steadily issue them as appropriate. So thank you everyone who either donated badges or money to buy them.



And even more good news - we were overtaken on the road yesterday by Midwife Anna on the bicycle purchased with Hazelbury Bryan and the Hillside Parishes MU money. We were afraid she would not use her bike for fear of the… Continue

Added by Pauline Batstone on November 29, 2012 at 8:33am — 2 Comments

Mothers union badges and bikes

The large parcel of 321 Mothers Union badges has been handed over to the Bidhop's wife Lilian and she, Margaret and Rachel, the head honchos of the MU here will steadily issue them as appropriate. So thank you everyone who either donated badges or money to buy them.



And even more good news - we were overtaken on the road yesterday by Midwife Anna on the bicycle purchased with Hazelbury Bryan and the Hillside Parishes MU money. We were afraid she would not use her bike for fear of the… Continue

Added by Pauline Batstone on November 29, 2012 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Joy comes in many forms...

...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…

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Added by Maria Evans on November 29, 2012 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Training the new batch of play group leaders.

Jeannie hit the ground running in her own inimitable style, the Cindy, fortunately another trained teacher, as her right hand woman, Bishop Stephen's wife Lilian as interpreter, and me as photographer and general gofer. We found ourselves with nine new students, five of whom were males with teaching experience who want to run play groups in their own villages. So that means nine sets of basic set up kit of Lego, balls, bottle tops, cord for skipping ropes and a watch each for timekeeping - the… Continue

Added by Pauline Batstone on November 29, 2012 at 8:04am — 6 Comments

Those names on the diocesan prayer list...

...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…

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Added by Maria Evans on November 28, 2012 at 7:58am — 5 Comments

Do Not Forget Us

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…

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Added by Chris Cobb on November 28, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Lui Market

Not only have we (six Missourians snd two Brits) arrived safe and sound after a very pleasant flight, but we received a very warm welcome at the Mundri airstrip from Bishop Stephen, his wife Lilian and his driver Rev. Darius. At Lui we had the great pleasure of catching up with other Lui friends from previous trips - and the grey cat who joined our group last time.



Jeannie and I almost didn't make it as we were apparently booked to leave our guest house in Nemirembe an hour earlier… Continue

Added by Pauline Batstone on November 27, 2012 at 7:47am — 2 Comments

...and we're HERE!

We arrived safe and sound, (although it is kind of a long trip...just sayin'.) we've had no major travel glitches and everyone's luggage arrived safely. Everyone is at the market while I am in the diocesan office blogging. (folks that know me also know that if I am given the choice between blogging and shopping, well...)



Bishop Stephen and Lillian met us a "Mundri International Airport." I have since met Vasco and Gordon and we eaten a wonderful meal courtesy of Josephine--beef and… Continue

Added by Maria Evans on November 27, 2012 at 7:09am — 2 Comments

Arrived in Lui and on the Road to Juba

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.

Added by Evelyn Smith on November 27, 2012 at 7:08am — 1 Comment

They've arrived

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. 

 

Added by Anne Powell on November 27, 2012 at 6:24am — No Comments

Imagine yourself on the flight into South Sudan while you wait for real stories from the current team

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…

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Added by Debra Morris Smith on November 26, 2012 at 9:57pm — 3 Comments

From Pauline in Kampala

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…

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Added by Anne Powell on November 26, 2012 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

Brits arrived safely in Kampala

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.

Added by Anne Powell on November 26, 2012 at 5:50am — 1 Comment

And they're off

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.…

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Added by Debra Morris Smith on November 25, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

God go with you travellers ...

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.

Added by Anne Powell on November 24, 2012 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

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