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One Month In Sudan

Salaam!

By God’s grace alone I have lived in Goli, Sudan for 1 month.  This month has been one of the most incredible months of my life, if not THE most. Never before have I had to learn so many new things – every day.   Thank you so very much for all of your prayers, I truly cannot express how much I appreciate them and how I know that the Lord has answered them.  It is amazing all of the things that have become routine here.

I wake up to roosters every morning around 5am, I do not use running water, women walk around carrying water, firewood, bags of flour on their heads, I say “Ita num kweis?” (Did you sleep well?) about 10-15 times each morning, I eat rice every day, my feet are always dirty, I have yet to use a phone, I ride in a car either once a week or once every two weeks.  One night this week I had to use the bathroom at 2am, there was no light – anywhere- not even the moon, as I looked up at the sky the stars seemed close enough to touch, it made me think of the sky that Abraham must have looked at when the Lord made the promise to him.  Life here is like nothing that I have ever experienced before.

This week the women asked me if I would teach them to play volleyball on Saturday.  We met together and volleyball proved to be pretty tough, so instead they taught me net ball, without a net.  It was so much fun playing with these women.  We divided into two teams and just passed the ball to our team mates and tried to steal it from the team who had the ball.  Let me just say that after an hour my skirt was on backwards and ripped, my feet were completely covered in dirt, and I had split my big toe, because we were all playing in skirts and flip flops!  I have not laughed that hard in a long time, the game was pure joy!

This was also the fourth week we have had an outreach program into the Mundu community.  It is a joy being with these children, all of whom do speak their mother tongue (Mundu or Kakwa) and some Juba Arabic but NO English.  We played games in Arabic and English that the kids love and the outreach coordinators are sharing about the life of Jesus.  It is hard to imagine that these children have never heard about Jesus before.  I am so excited to remain in the community and continue to work with these children through literacy education.

As I write I am just giving glimpses of Sudan, I wish that I could do justice to this place and the people here, I know that I cannot!  The strength of the people here is powerful.  Not one life has not been touched by the war or the LRA and most have been touched by both.  I have been so embraced by the women I teach and am  treated with such respect by the men that I teach, they are so grateful, but I am the one who is grateful to them!  Please pray for the people here and for this nation.

Daily I am learning to live in the shadow of the almighty and that is where I take refuge.  Thank you for your prayers, please continue to pray that:

Liz and I will remain healthy (Liz has malaria currently, but is doing well)

We (students, villagers, staff) would remain safe from any attacks by the LRA

We would persevere in learning the language

We would trust the Lord in ALL things

Thank you, also thank you so much for all of your emails, they mean more than you know!

Love,

In His Grip,

Jen