Welcome to the “In Search of Water” blog site! Here you will see the chronicled events of the project leading up to the team’s departure from the United States and then daily while the team is in Africa. Feel free to comment on the posts as it is a great encouragement to the team and a great way to share in the experience together.
Monday, April 23, 2012
We passed through security with out a problem and even had the full body scans (wonder if they can tell how much meat we ate last night). We are ready to fly over the pond and get home. I don't know why they call it a pond, I guess to make you feel better about using your seat cushion as a flotation device. I feel better about using my cushion in a pond but the Atlantic ocean seems a bit "under" equipped!
Our flight is 8 hours long but we are following the sun so on the clock this flight will only take 2 hours. Sweet! We are trying to stay as positive as possible here! Once we hit Minneapolis we have to collect our luggage and go through US Customs. Once through customs we will re-check our bags for a DOMESTIC flight...that word sounds great!
Well, here we go. You are all sleeping right now but soon we will see you all!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Beef Sausage - Jessi's favorite
Ox Ball (the real thing)
Beef Rump - Shane's favorite
Crocodile - Darwin and Doug's least favorite
Pork Spare Ribs
Leg of Lamb - Shane's least favorite
Ostrich - Jessi's least favorite
Leg of Pork
Ostrich Meat Balls - Darwin and Doug's favorite
One hour in and we dropped the flag and surrendered. We have had more protein just now than we had the last two weeks. We will sleep good on this flight!
Thank you all for your prayers and support. Your blog comments have helped us stay connected at home and not feel so isolated and distant from those that we love. God has been very good to our team but even if our projects would not have been completed successfully, God would still be good. It's important to remember that God loves his people whether they are in plenty or in want, suffering or in peace, joy or in sadness.
South Sudan is testimony to God's love. Even though they have seen their children killed my machete, their mothers raped and burned and their fathers disembodied, God loves them. Though they have suffered things we could never understand, they praise God because God loves them and as a result, they love God.
Their suffering has reached you and you sent us and we did our best to be a visible expression and illustration of God's love. We are all that illustration where ever God sends us.
So, God is good, all the time, no matter what. As we love others we show that love and we bring healing to the hurt, lost and the suffering. God used you with us and he wants to use you still today. Our best response might be, "Here I am Lord, send me."
Saturday, April 21, 2012
As the stewards are getting ready to serve us our first ice, I'm reminded how lucky we are and the privileges we share in the developed world. The immersion back to plenty will feel strange but sadly we feel right at home in no time and the simple life of Kalalayi will once again be a world away.
My seat is comfortable, the air conditioning is blowing on my head, there is ice and Coke in my cup and my meal just arrived, "Chicken lamb or veggie, sir?"...chicken please.
Rhonda, you might want to have some steel wool for those hooves when he gets home.
We paid for our car ($1,940)...ouch! The remainder we owed for the bore hole ($6,975), had some amazing Indian (east) tea, said good bye to Right, our driver Joseph and Julius, who is staying two more weeks to visit his family in Yei.
The airport in Juba is the worst in the world. I realize I have not been everywhere in the world but after experiencing it for the 4th time, I'd put it up against any crummy airport. We are waiting to board our flight and sometimes the flights are very late or they never come. There is no one to tell you and no way to know if things are on time. So here we sit waiting. If things go perfectly, we should be flying in 30 minutes.
Pray for us as we leave Juba. We can't wait to get home to all of you!
Oh what I would do for a rib eye! Darwin Shane and I are all craving meat, and Jessi wants apples...seriously, apples!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Most of the time we are blogging from Kalalayi and updating when we come into Buagyi which is the very early AM hours for you but today we have been in cell coverage all day.
We have loved your comments as they have kept is connected to home while in this desolate location. You have made us laugh as your humor has been like water to our thirst and you have brought tears as we love you all and look forward to returning to you all soon.
Once the movie is over, we will travel to Kalalayi for the last time. It will be dark so please pray for our safety. We will pack up and spend our last night with our friends. Tomorrow morning we will leave at 7:00 AM and take the long and rough road to Juba. None of us are looking forward to the trip or Juba but it gets us one step closer to all of you. We will take a 3:00 PM flight from Juba to Nairobi. PRAY FOR US IN JUBA!
We will stay night in Nairobi at the Mayfield Guest House again and have most of the day in Nairobi as we don't fly out until 10:30 PM. It is my hope to give the team some well deserved R&R by taking them shopping, seeing some wildlife and eating some good food. If all goes well, we will be rested and ready for our long flights home.
Well, Jesus just got baptized so there is still a long way to go.
Darwin visited with the director of MRDA director, Light Wilson Aganwa about the Primary Health Care Unit in Buagyi and the work that Solomon and Rena are doing. It is very complicated as a developing country not yet a year old would be expected to be. With out going into the minutia of the details, we know who we need to email from the South Sudan Government. It was frustrating but one very bright spot is that we have a clear path to possibly double Rena's salary! She is currently making about $50 per month.
Bumpity bumpity bump! Here we go to Mundri.
Jessi also handed out needles and thread. This was a huge need as they needed it to mend their clothes. These are hard to come by in South Sudan.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I found an owner of a pick-up truck and hired him to drive the body back to Buagyi. Thus will ensure the body will arrive safe and intact. We have left Joseph with his mother to ride with her in the pick-up. We have taken on 6 family members and will drop them of at Buagyi on our way back to the celebration at Kalalayi.
The 400 South Sudan pounds ($100)for the pick-up truck were not in the budget but I think it was a great use of our funds.
I feel so bad for my friend. Joseph asked if we could take him to Lui and transport his mother back to Buagyi. Even though the team is expecting us back and we have the big celebration in Kalalayi, I said we would do whatever we could to help. He has no casket and our vehicle only has seats so the option is to put her in a seat or tie her to the luggage rack. This must sound so strange to all of you back home but this is real life in South Sudan.
Our driver does not like the idea of the body in a seat (Jessi and I agree) so the luggage rack is the only option. There us no casket so the best we can do is probably a mattress. There are no boards or other materials available and I can't stress how bad the roads are. If she is too lose she will work loose and fall off. If we tie her tight enough she will probably be broken. Joseph said her will tie her tight and that it is ok, it is only a body, not his mother.
We are on our way now.