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.
What a crazy few days we’ve had. We left Nairobi early on Tuesday, where 9 of us flew into Tonj. Sabet and Jim Ennis were waiting for us at the airstrip. It was a weird feeling arriving after being gone for 2 years. In some ways it seems like yesterday that I was here and in other ways it feels like eternity. Definitely my greatest moment so far was meeting Sabet’s Mum and Dad for the first time, especially his Mum, who moved from the capital Khartoum to Tonj since I was here last.
After the Gamboa’s left we moved out of the bedroom our family uses as the grass roof is failing and is full of rats that kept me awake at night. We’re now in two small rooms and trying to get organized with school. We’ve been eating fresh Papaya from our trees everyday and enjoying a slower paced life. Even the new cell phone service has had no connection for the past 2 days. Yesterday we woke to Jed having a few itchy spots and by the end of the day he was covered and has chickenpox! Hannah is still struggling with her cough also. Both the kids are enjoying having their cousins to play with.
Saturday October 18th 2008
Jim and Sabet are really enjoying the CC conference. I’ve been busy getting the truck and planes ready for Sudan. Beth arrived tonight from California and will go into Sudan with me and the kids on Tuesday. She’ll be there 3 weeks serving in our medical clinic.
Thursday October 16th 2008
We drove 2 hours out of Nairobi to visit a friend who built a house from mud, similar to the old cob method in England or Adobe in America. It was quite a trek as they were fixing the road and the dust was unbelievable, we could hardly see where we were going. But it was worth the hair-raising drive, as we entered their property we saw wild giraffe eating the tree tops and gazelles bouncing along the road. The kids were immediately excited and forgot about the horrendous journey to get there.
The house was absolutely gorgeous and gave us a lot of ideas for Sudan. Like us, they don’t have running water, electricity or a phone. And the design of their house was breathtaking. We are having 3 guys coming out of Sudan to train and learn how to build using this method.
We left there and went straight to the airport to pick up Jim (one of our board members) and 2 others coming to Kenya to teach at the Calvary Chapel East Africa pastors conference. Jim will go into Sudan with Sabet on Monday.