Sabel Ker, Sabel Nur (Good Morning greeting in Juba Arabic)
Greetings from a chilly 75 degrees F here in Goli, Sudan. This is the coldest that it has been since I arrived and rumor has it that this is as cold as it is going to get! This is a far cry from my bone-chilling Minnesota winters. The rainy season is approaching here and it is getting greener and greener everyday – it is beautiful. The mangoes are getting bigger and bigger as well. The other day after a run I climbed the new water tower, the view from the top was incredible – I could see tall trees all around, this place is untouched in many ways.
Life here is crazy… three quick stories…today I carried my bath water to the bathing area on my head, definitely something that I need to keep practicing! Also, the giant mouse that Liz and I thought that we evicted from our tukul has returned, when I was lesson planning the other day, Scar (we decided to name the mouse) climbed vertically up the side of our wall and out through the roof -ahhhhhh! The women and I played volleyball this week, it was a riot, but they got better and better, it was such a joy to watch their faces when they made a great hit or missed it completely.
This week is my final week of teaching the women, I am going to miss them so very much. Daily I would sit and visit with them when they were sewing or visit with them and play with their babies. They have taken such good care of me and treated me as a valued teacher, friend, and daughter in many ways. This week in a lesson I put up signs all over the classroom that said “market, school, clinic, home, etc.” and I asked them the question “where are you going?” The students would get up and walk to the sign and say where they were going. Cecilia, a student who has had tremendous difficulty learning English, got up confidently, walked to the market, and said, “I am going to the market. I am buying sugar.” I flipped out, I was so excited. The connection that she made and the way that she was able to use her English was so great. That moment made my week. Next week I will be team teaching the men’s classes with Liz and teaching the women who work in the kitchen literacy skills.
Outreach to the Mundu children in going well, the children that come are so hungry for attention and they love the simple activities that we play. I taught the Hokey Pokey the other week and the children loved it, especially when they could put their whole self in! There is one girl named Bibiana who is about 10 years old (she doesn’t know how old she is) who carries my water bottle and walks home with me every week, she is such a sweet girl, she understands Juba Arabic well so I can communicate a bit with her. Language is such a barrier, it is motivating me so much to continue persevering in my learning of Juba Arabic.
It is my privilege to be here, but it is difficult in many ways. Thank you so very much for you prayers and for you emails, also thank you for your letters – they are all so encouraging. I have had to trust the Lord in ways that I never have before. I am learning that Jesus is all that I have here and that He will provide all that I need.
Thank you for your prayers please continue to pray that Liz and I:
We would remain safe here in Goli as well as the entire staff, students, and community
We would be diligent in learning Juba Arabic
We would be effective and trying new teaching methods in our classes
We would remain united as friends
By God’s grace I am here in Sudan. I am so grateful to be here! Thank you for your prayers!
In His Grip,
“Paul was devoted to a Person not a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ’s, he saw nothing else, he lived for nothing else.” -Oswald Chambers