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Fr. John Skinnader:
Hi Everyone, Greetings once again from South Sudan. I am happy to say that I have arrived safely back to Rumbek and had a great reception from the people here. I am the only European in Rumbek at present, so my presence here is a sign that the outside world and the Universal Church has not forgotten the people of South Sudan. That is one of the reasons that they are so happy to see me back among them. As one of the local South Sudanese bishops said recently - "When the missionaries leave - the people loose heart". So,   I am very happy and content to be back in the parish here. We have moved into our new renovated house which is without water or light yet but over the next few weeks we will get it sorted out. The house we have renovated was built by the British in 1948 at a time that they built a secondary school in Rumbek . It was built as a chaplaincy house for the priests to look after the students in the secondary school but no priests have ever lived in it up to now. It was used by government officials for offices etc. Now, the government here have handed it back to the Catholic Church and myself and Fr. Nolasco from Tanzania are here to open a new parish also. Interestingly enough, the first teachers in the secondary school in the 1950's were nearly all from Northern Ireland -so the link continues somewhat. Our cook is from Uganda. She was telling us that when she gave birth to her first child, her and her husband were very happy. When she gave birth again, she had twins and at the 3rd birth - she had triplets !! The husband ran away as he thought she was a witch !!! That was 14 years ago and has not come back since. Such is life on the African continent. As I said, I am very happy to be back in South Sudan and will post more updates later. Blessings. John
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Fr. John Skinnader:
Hi Everyone, Greetings once again from South Sudan. I am happy to say that I have arrived safely back to Rumbek and had a great reception from the people here. I am the only European in Rumbek at present, so my presence here is a sign that the outside world and the Universal Church has not forgotten the people of South Sudan. That is one of the reasons that they are so happy to see me back among them. As one of the local South Sudanese bishops said recently - "When the missionaries leave - the people loose heart". So,   I am very happy and content to be back in the parish here. We have moved into our new renovated house which is without water or light yet but over the next few weeks we will get it sorted out. The house we have renovated was built by the British in 1948 at a time that they built a secondary school in Rumbek . It was built as a chaplaincy house for the priests to look after the students in the secondary school but no priests have ever lived in it up to now. It was used by government officials for offices etc. Now, the government here have handed it back to the Catholic Church and myself and Fr. Nolasco from Tanzania are here to open a new parish also. Interestingly enough, the first teachers in the secondary school in the 1950's were nearly all from Northern Ireland -so the link continues somewhat. Our cook is from Uganda. She was telling us that when she gave birth to her first child, her and her husband were very happy. When she gave birth again, she had twins and at the 3rd birth - she had triplets !! The husband ran away as he thought she was a witch !!! That was 14 years ago and has not come back since. Such is life on the African continent. As I said, I am very happy to be back in South Sudan and will post more updates later. Blessings. John