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Back to Barefoot: Olivia's Blog #3

Well, we are back to barefoot once more. I don’t like to wear shoes, and neither do most of us kids! We found a house with a big backyard that is going to work for us. Dad and Logan took a trip to Kampala to get mattresses, a fridge and freezer, fans, solar panels, and so on. Us girls took advantage of it and watched most of the “Love Comes Softly” series by Jannete Oke. Amidst all of this Given and I have been brainstorming names for our pigs. Since we are getting two females and one male, I’m going to name one girl and Given is going to name the other. We agreed to name the boy “Hamwise Gamgee.” Hopefully we are going to move into the house soon after the workers get the power going.  It is rainy season in Moyo now, and it rains almost every night. As we walked back to the compound after church, it was pouring rain. Though it is only a four-minute walk, we were drenched. When it rains it rains heavy—no such thing as just a sprinkle!  Well that is all for now… ~Olivia 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 18:02

On to West Nile!: Olivia's Blog #2

We left Kampala and drove to Arua where we stayed for one day. The drive from Kampala to Arua is always kind of fun because we cross the Nile twice and can spot lots of animals. I spotted two giraffes, tons of gazelles, about seven elephants, many monkeys and baboons, and one hippo. When we drove by towns we could see people selling a lot fruit, mainly mangos, which are growing from trees every where.  It got really hot wearing long skirts with no air conditioning.  After staying one day in Arua we drove the last four hours to Moyo.   Though the roads reminded me of a roller coaster, the landscape was beautiful.  Every thing is green and lush with lots of growing crops, with mountains in the distance. We are staying at an agricultural compound, where we are the first white kids to stay. There are a lot of people from another major world religion here, and while we ate our dinner of rice and beans, we could hear the call to prayer. It is our call to pray for them. We are looking for a house to live in, either in Moyo or Yumbe.  I find myself wanting to learn the language and get to know the people. It is a challenge sometimes to get to know a very different world where there are so many differences.   

Please pray for us,

Olivia

~writing from Moyo District, West Nile Region, Uganda

Last Updated on Friday, 02 June 2017 13:45

Back in East Africa... again: Olivia's Blog #1

by Olivia Perry, age 12

Many people ask me what it is like in Africa, and well, it’s like a lot a lot of things… if I started to explain the differences, it would take me a long time.  Hopefully this blog will help explain some.  We arrived in Uganda May 18.  The travel went surprisingly well, with no delayed flights or unexpected stops.  The moment we stepped outside the air-conditioned airport, we noticed a difference. The air is moist and warm, and has the smell of… well, of  Africa—a mix of rain but also of sweat with a touch of smoke. Comforting.  

We loaded our 30 bags, not including our carry-ons, into a coaster (a small bus).  We then drove to the guest house where we are staying.  We’ve spent the last few days here in Kampala, getting stuff we need, oh and in case you’re wondering, Kwadja, our dog, got here safely. As you may know, Kwadja means foreigner, and a local man thought the name was hilarious!!  Meanwhile, South Sudan is still fighting.  Please pray for South Sudan and us as we are getting ready go up to Arua, from where we will go on to Moyo (in northern Uganda).  Where exactly we will live we know not, nor how long we will be there.  My dad will help at a hospital where medical care is needed. We don’t know everything, but God is leading us.  So we just have to follow and trust!!

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 19:05

2016: Tumultuous Times in Yei, South Sudan

It's been a long time since we have posted anything, because I have struggled with what to write.  

We left South Sudan on 19 April 2016, on a scheduled home leave, knowing that things were getting more tense in our country of residence for the past 5 years.  We had been hearing escalating outbursts of gunfire and heavy artillery, closer to our compound.  Rebels from local tribes, frustrated with the government, started clashing in the surrounding bush.

In May, a local missionary doctor, a friend and partner of our ministry, was shot one night after bringing laboring mothers to our hospital.  She was stabilized at His House of Hope, and transferred to Nairobi, Kenya, where she died several days later.  Her body was brought back to Yei and buried there.  The church she was serving with demonstrated forgiveness by having a peaceful burial and not seeking retribution on her behalf.  As can be imagined, her death caused us all deep sadness-- not so much for her, as she is with our Lord Jesus now, but for the depth of the brokenness of the situation that someone would kill a missionary doctor, a nun, a woman who had so faithfully served the people of South Sudan up until her death at age 60.

In July, just before the 5th birthday of the world's youngest nation, fighting exploded in the capital city of Juba (100 miles from our home in Yei).  Over the next few months, the fighting calmed in Juba, but increased around Yei.  All roads leading to Yei became unsafe for travel.  

Our staff gradually left to make sure their families were safe, many of them relocating to northern Ugandan refugee camps.  The patient numbers also decreased, until hospital services had to be reduced to caring for the local orphans and staff with the few remaining South Sudanese staff.

Our family remains in Colorado, United States, until May.  We will reassess the situation in Yei and decide if we return and resume full services at His House of Hope, or get involved with healthcare of the South Sudanese living in refugee settlements in northern Uganda.

Hope is a difficult things in this newest of nations.  As hearts surrender to Jesus, and let Him work His peace in them,  the cycle of violence can be ended.  Pray with us that the "God who causes wars to cease" will work powerfully in the people of South Sudan.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2016 01:09

The Neglected Middle

A local believer and member of our staff had been caring for her nephew of about 18 years of age.  His father had asked that the boy live with her, and she provided food and shelter for him.  The young man got increasingly involved with witchcraft, and resented the consistent faith in Jesus that he saw in his aunt.  One day, he “went into the river”—to call on evil spirits to harm her.  (Local witchdoctors will go under water and stay for long periods of time where they describe contacting local spirits.  They will promise to do something for the spirit if the spirit causes harm to someone they despise.) 

However, he was unable to cause any harm to his aunt.  He sought out other ways to harm her, such as poisoning, but she discovered his intentions.  She took him to the police station, and he confessed to going into the river and trying to harm her.  The boy’s father was then called and he took him back to the village. 

Stories such as this are not uncommon in South Sudan.  For those of us from the West, they seem like fiction.  But, we have heard these stories over and over from credible people and with key common elements.  When we consider the reality of the spiritual world of which the Bible speaks, and present day reports like these, we are forced to re-examine our Western worldview and its neglect of the everyday interaction of the physical and spiritual world.  This is the neglected middle—between the world we see and the God to which we pray there are angels and demons interacting with our lives. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2015 04:53

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