These last two months have been full of activity.
After the team evacuation from South Sudan in December and January, we gathered for a workshop to discuss personal and family risk thresholds. After facilitating a discussion with the parents, Stacey presented their ideas to the larger group. This gave us the opportunity as a team to discuss the biblical meaning of risk and suffering and how it applies to each of us as we follow God’s call both here in Nairobi and in South Sudan.
In early January, we sent a four person assessment group back into Doro. We have been unable to send anyone back into Melut or Malakal. In mid-February, several teammates made the decision to spend a few months in North Africa studying Arabic in anticipation of their future work back South Sudan. Others have taken early Home Assignment for now. At the end of February, we were able to send four more SIMers into Doro to help carry on the work of the clinic and nutrition village. Depending on the situation, more team members may be able to return to Doro in a few weeks. Unfortunately, Malakal has been destroyed by the fighting. We are uncertain of the situation in Melut.
Most recently, Mark and I both completed Advanced Trauma Healing training with several of our team members. Our hope is that this material, created by SIL, will help open doors of healing for many of the South Sudanese both here in Nairobi (where many have fled) and in South Sudan.
A friend gifted Mark and me with a much needed rest day at a local tea farm which included a lovely tour and a delicious lunch. THANK YOU!
We sent Benjamin off to his first Middle School Banquet…
And we are celebrating Grace’s 17th birthday this month! Hard to believe.