On mission in Tonj
Building on the success of last year, we have just hosted our 2022 Youth Conference. More than 600 youth converged for 2 days on our new church building, from all over the Tonj region. It was an incredible joy to watch these young people soak up the teaching on their identity and calling in Christ. Not to mention the fun of games, competitions and energetic praise and worship! (check out the video). Seeing these youth all heading back to their own villages on Sunday, and knowing that God is working powerfully in each of their lives, gives us hope for a brighter future for South Sudan.
Water well drilling
As the CHE program continues to multiply and bring transformation to the villages of Tonj, the primary obstacle to health that community leaders share with us is their lack of clean drinking water. In South Sudan, the average distance a family lives from safe drinking water is 5km, and for many of our CHE communities it is much further. So this year we are excited to be piloting a water well drilling program! Jim from USA and Jed Kuj completed their training in July, and are now training our team here. Despite the challenges of old equipment, flooding, and limited experience the team have just reached 25m deep on their first water well. If this pilot goes well, we hope to purchase a new drill rig at the end of the year.
The IDAT(InDeedAndTruth)Maternal Waiting Village
These are the faces of just some of the mothers and babies who have stayed in our small maternal waiting home over the past 4 years. Each one has it’s own story, often involving tragedy in previous birth experiences, and all with overwhelming obstacles to their desire to have a safe birth this time around… until they heard about the IDAT maternal waiting home. Thanks to generous donors who saw the value in this program, IDAT has recently been able to expand the facilities to create a Maternal Waiting Village to accommodate up to 5 women, with their families, at any one time. This is both a dream of mine come true, and another step on the journey towards the goal of safe birth for every woman in South Sudan.