This afternoon we had our first satellite clinic about 10 miles from Tonj in a remote village called War Amel. We drove through long grass and narrow paths to get there. At one point, Dabu our driver had to get out and check the road and move tree trunks!! Praise the Lord for the new vehicle, we couldn’t get to these areas without it.
It was quite overwhelming to find hundreds of women and children waiting to see a doctor. We quickly set up stations and started getting through them. We saw over 200 and had to leave some unseen as it got dark. I really felt a heavy burden for these people and wished we hadn’t been in such a hurry. Sabet and I are praying we can make the clinics a platform for more spiritual things and ask for wisdom in that area.
Today we had about 25 people for our first church service in our compound since returning to Tonj. Sabet did an excellent job teaching from the book of Ephesians. A group from World Vision joined us and led us in worship with their keyboard. We will attempt to translate a couple of songs into Dinka this week and learn them ready for next Sunday. Beth should have arrived home by now…thanks for praying for her safe travel, we miss her!
Well this last week we have encountered both. The scorpion was cool as we got to test our UV flashlight to see if the scorpion would glow in the dark and it did!! But yesterday I had a close encounter with a snake that was a sure remainder the Lord is watching over us. I carried Jed to his bed and went outside to get the light when I turned around a snake was in the doorway. Had I been carrying Jed I for sure would not have seen it and stepped on it. It was only seconds after I passed through the door. I jumped on a nearby chair and yelled for help (Sabet is still in Kenya). The snake was between me and the kids! I thought I had it in my flashlight but when the guys arrived it was gone!! Of course I couldn’t sleep after that.
a dead baby snake
Sabet left yesterday to go to Nairobi and take care of a problem that required his immediate attention. Please pray for wisdom for him and safety for us as we remain in Sudan without him. The weather here has been so pleasant, no rain, not too hot and a cool breeze. I’m busy schooling Hannah in the mornings and working on administration, while Jed plays with his friends. We have taken over 2 rooms that were built for our teams. One we are all sleeping in and the other has become our school/office/lounge! Today we managed to block the pigeons that were nesting and pooping everywhere.
Today was really nice. We started a women’s bible study in the church and I taught on “The Call to Prayer”. After the teaching we had a time of praying for the women and it was very special. A few tears were flowing and I really felt I connected with them.