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Hi Everyone, Greetings and belated Happy Easter to everyone. We had a very good Easter celebrations here in Rumbek. On Easter Sunday morning I celebrated Mass in a Leper Colony close to our Mission in Rumbek - see photo attached. There are roughly 300 in the community - and they are looked after mainly by the Sisters of Mother Teresa - but now our mission has taken on their spiritual welfare also. This Easter, due to the generosity of so many of you and our other donors, we were able to give every family in the parish a bag of beans, rice and cooking oil. It was truly a festive time for all. They are so appreciative of the support that they are receiving from the Church during this time of economic crisis and mass hunger. Another big event for everyone in South Sudan - was just before Easter - Pope Francis invited the President - Salva Kirr, Vice President Riach Machar and other leaders from South Sudan to a two day retreat at the Vatican. At the end of the meeting he stunned his audience by kneeling down and kissing their feet. A sign that they must be humble leaders not oppressors. We wait to see if it will bring any change in this worn torn country. This is just a short update for now. God Bless John
Hi Everyone, Hope everyone had a good Summer and now it is back to school and work again. I am doing fine - just had a bit of a mishap 3 weeks ago . I slipped in mud and fractured a bone in my ankle. As there are no medical facilities in Rumbek, where we work, I had to come to Nairobi for treatment. I got a good hospital and the young bone specialist that I was referred to had studied in Ireland -so he looked after me very well. I just had a caste put on and will be in it for 4 weeks. I was also diagnosed with having malaria -so I am lying up now in our Spiritan house in Nairobi recovering from both incidents. But I am feeling fine now and hope to return to South Sudan by the weekend. Work is going on well in Rumbek. We are in the process of building a new primary school in an isolated part.of the parish where they have had no school before. The community themselves had started to teach their children under trees - a bit like the hedge schools in Ireland years ago. But now we are at roof level with 8 new classrooms..See photos attached. This is the main work we are engaged in at present with all the other bits and pieces of running a parish in South Sudan. That is just a short update from my "patients" chair in Nairobi. Thanks always for your prayers and support. Blessings. John
Lunch Time in the New School but there are no desks for them to sit on yet.
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Hi Everyone, Greetings and belated Happy Easter to everyone. We had a very good Easter celebrations here in Rumbek. On Easter Sunday morning I celebrated Mass in a Leper Colony close to our Mission in Rumbek - see photo attached. There are roughly 300 in the community - and they are looked after mainly by the Sisters of Mother Teresa - but now our mission has taken on their spiritual welfare also. This Easter, due to the generosity of so many of you and our other donors, we were able to give every family in the parish a bag of beans, rice and cooking oil. It was truly a festive time for all. They are so appreciative of the support that they are receiving from the Church during this time of economic crisis and mass hunger. Another big event for everyone in South Sudan - was just before Easter - Pope Francis invited the President - Salva Kirr, Vice President Riach Machar and other leaders from South Sudan to a two day retreat at the Vatican. At the end of the meeting he stunned his audience by kneeling down and kissing their feet. A sign that they must be humble leaders not oppressors. We wait to see if it will bring any change in this worn torn country. This is just a short update for now. God Bless John
Hi Everyone, Hope everyone had a good Summer and now it is back to school and work again. I am doing fine - just had a bit of a mishap 3 weeks ago . I slipped in mud and fractured a bone in my ankle. As there are no medical facilities in Rumbek, where we work, I had to come to Nairobi for treatment. I got a good hospital and the young bone specialist that I was referred to had studied in Ireland -so he looked after me very well. I just had a caste put on and will be in it for 4 weeks. I was also diagnosed with having malaria -so I am lying up now in our Spiritan house in Nairobi recovering from both incidents. But I am feeling fine now and hope to return to South Sudan by the weekend. Work is going on well in Rumbek. We are in the process of building a new primary school in an isolated part.of the parish where they have had no school before. The community themselves had started to teach their children under trees - a bit like the hedge schools in Ireland years ago. But now we are at roof level with 8 new classrooms..See photos attached. This is the main work we are engaged in at present with all the other bits and pieces of running a parish in South Sudan. That is just a short update from my "patients" chair in Nairobi. Thanks always for your prayers and support. Blessings. John
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Lunch Time in the New School but there are no desks for them to sit on yet.