Sudan

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My father recieved an email this morning  from our field coordinator in Sudan, Dickson Mutiso, informing us of some very sad news. His email said that one of the students from the Loka Senior Secondary School (LSSS (a Global Response Project)) was bitten by a snake and died.  This young man was a 2nd year student and doing well.

We would appreciate it if you would please keep his family and the rest of the LSSS student body in your prayers. Thank you.

cleftRock

On Monday, we left for a place called cleftRock to get away as a family so Dad and John could unwind from their most recent trip to Sudan and also to kind of prepare for my upcoming trip to Thailand. cleftRock is a retreat center for pastors and missionaries and their families. It is a wonderful, beautiful, and peaceful place set back deep into the woods. We had a great time together taking walks, listening to the birds, praying, eating junk food, playing games and of course, taking pictures 🙂 . Below are some of the over 100 photos my brother, John, and I shot while on a walk together.  I took most of them because, well, I was a little bit hoggish with the camera that day 🙂 . But we had a very special brother – sister time together. 

If you like any of the pictures we would really appreciate that you do not use them without our permission. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them! God bless! 

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The house we stayed in

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This was the perfect name for our little hideaway 

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John took this close up of the Iris – It was one of the only Iris’ there still in bloom

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John wanted to take a shot of the parking sign 🙂 He has a good eye cause I certainly wouldn’t have thought of it! 

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I really like this pic of a fence that John took too

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I took this one 🙂

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John took this great picture

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cleftRock was started by a couple who wanted to give pastors and missionaries a place to find rest, counsel, and quiet. Their own son was a missionary along with his wife and children in South America. Back in 2003 he was killed by guerilla rebels. His parents brought his body back to cleftRock to be buried at his favorite spot on the property. The next few photos are of his grave site and of the place surrounding it that was made for people to come to think and reflect. His family is still serving as  missionaries in South America. 

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IDP Camp Update

As this post is written, my father, Tom, and my brother, John, are in Sudan with the rest of our team coordinating and distributing food, clothes, blankets, hoes, seeds, and other essential items to more than 1,200 people in the Internally Displaced People’s Camp in Loka. As far as we know, everything is going very well. As of a day or two ago, GRN had also been able to hire a team to dig a desperately needed water well in the area. We were able to work with a group from Yei, Sudan to dig the well. My Dad called yesterday at the moment they hit water and it was almost too hard to hear his voice because of the sound of water spraying everywhere! We praise the Lord for His goodness. Thank you so much for your prayers!

Without your financial help and prayers this distribution could not have taken place. Thank you for your help. It is very much appreciated!

Please continue to pray for my father and brother as they are in Sudan. We look forward to being able to share much more information with you about how the distribution went when they come home. God bless you!

Great news!

I have some wonderful news to share. GRN has raised almost $20,000 for the IDP Camp in southern Sudan!!! This is truly an act of the Lord. It has been amazing of how many people have responded so quickly to reach out to these people. To date we have been able to give about 200 children food supplements!  Pretty soon my father and my brother will be going back to get everything else. And praise God, we will also be able to drill a well!!!! We’re hoping that enough money will come in so we can also buy bags of food for the village. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped by praying and giving your sacrificial gifts!

Critical Need In Southern Sudan

As many of you know, my father and a friend recently returned from Sudan. While they were there, our GRN team had an opportunity to visit a new IDP (Internally Displaced People’s) camp that has settled in Loka (Home of GRN Sudan). The situation is critical! These people were displaced by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA had raided their village repeatedly in 2008. During these raids, they abducted eleven people (two were found dead, three escaped, and six children remain missing).

These people have nothing. They are boiling leaves and eating them as their main source of food. Malnutrition is setting in, and the planting season has just begun, with little hope for making it till the harvest. Disease and infection are common. Rainy season has just begun, which means the mosquito population will increase and malaria will take it’s toll. Water is also a major concern. Loka already had too few wells and adding this many people to these vulnerable wells is making the water situation very unstable. The need is great!

Both my dad, Tom, and my brother, John,  will be returning May 5th to take much needed aid (Blankets, nutritional supplements, secondhand clothes, mosquito nets, medicine, hopefully a water well, and food items) to this camp.

Please watch this video and if God puts it on your heart to help, then please do. You can do so by going to GRN’s website www.grnconnect.org  and clicking on the “Partner With GRN” tab or you can send a check to GRN with “IDP Camp Sudan” written in the memo (address is on the site).  We promise that EVERY PENNY will go to help bring aid to these hurting people. This is not about us, it’s about helping those in need.

To catch just a glimpse of what the LRA do to the people they attack and abduct, I encourage you to watch (with *discretion) this video. It’s a whole hour long but please trust me, you won’t regret watching it. And please, don’t just watch, but try your best to DO something about this whether it be through the foundation this video is from or through us at Global Response Network. 

*Warning – Please use discretion : Very graphic and a swear word is used in this film. But, please don’t let that stop you from watching it. The point of the film is so much more important.

Amma’s Birthday

Papa and Amma left this morning. I wish they could have stayed longer, but, I am very thankful for the few days we did have with them.

Here are some pictures that I took yesterday while we celebrated Amma’s birthday.

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Papa and Me 🙂

 

P.S. $1500 has been raised for the 1200 people in the Displaced Peoples Camp in Sudan!

Urgent Need in Sudan!!

6uhHi All,

This is an update from my Dad who is in Sudan right now.  His assistant, John, wrote this on our website www.grnconnect.org. PLEASE take the time to read this. Thank you!

Dear GRN Team,

We had an urgent need come up here recently. Within walking distance of our compound in Sudan, there is a Displaced People’s Camp where approximately 1200 people are starving and eating leaves and such for food (they cook the leaves from the trees). Kids there have the bloated stomachs as a result of the starvation. Tom said he hasn’t seen anything this bad since the war was occurring. The people have been displaced from land and home as a result of the LRA rebel group that you have heard so much about. These people are literally right in the “backyard” of our work in Sudan.

Tom and A.C. are leaving Sudan in the morning. They are 7 hours ahead of us on the clock (eastern time).

If you would like to give to help these people who are suffering in southern Sudan, please email me back as soon as possible. There is still time to give money to our field coordinator in Sudan who will use the money to help meet the urgent needs of these people. We have already received $1200 from a generous friend towards helping these people get what they need to survive.

Again, it is dinner time in Sudan now and Tom is leaving in the am, if you would like to join efforts with the money that has already been given, contact me asap and we will hopefully be able to get funds to our field coordinator before Tom and AC leave in the morning.

Please pray for these people and for wisdom for the entire GRN team in Loka, Sudan. Please forward this also to anyone you may think would be willing to give or pray.

Thank you for your prayers and generosity as we make a difference in Jesus’ name,

John