A letter from Nancy McGaughey in Sudan
Adol, Southern Sudan
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” (1 John 3:1)
It is now two weeks since my arrival back in Adol. Although I don’t think I was gone so very long (the time in the United States certainly went very quickly), but there have been many changes in my absence! Two old tukhels (huts) and an old pit latrine have been demolished. A new two-room bathing house is almost completed as well as a large “sitting” tukhel near where we stay. When this is finished, it will be very nice since it will provide a nice, cool place to sit and talk or read. Also, the things for making tea/coffee can be moved there — presently they are on a table outside my room. As well, the papaya trees outside our room have doubled in size in my absence! They have actually started to grow fruit. An additional plus is that they attract lots of birds. So far I have seen sun birds and a woodpecker this week. The rains have come on a regular basis and everything is so green! Adol has been blessed!
The other evening I received a phone call from one of the students who graduated in March. I asked him how his work was going. He replied, “It is good. You taught us well, so we are prepared. Now, I even forgive you for all the hard work you made us do in class.” I have talked with six former students since returning. It is nice to hear about what they are doing.
Thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Seymour, Ind., all of the staff in our clinics now have uniforms. They were so proud of the scrubs they received. (see the picture). It is also so much easier to identify staff when you go to the clinic.
I spent a few days recently teaching basic nutrition to agriculture students. One day I spent the morning discussing a well-balanced diet. I explained that about 2/3 of their plate should be energy-giving foods (carbohydrate) and the remainder divided equally between body-building foods (protein) and protective foods (fruit or vegetables). We stopped for lunch. I was brought a large plate of beans. I waited. Then I realized that WAS the lunch. It seems they had run out of supplies except for beans. The principal had gone to Rumbek for more supplies, but since he would not return until later in the afternoon, that was all there was. We all had a good laugh in the afternoon class as I explained that was a good example of what NOT to do for good nutrition. But, as a friend of mine recently said, “At the end of the day, you are still in Sudan.” Sometimes that is just how it is; you accept it and go on.
There is a teacher training going on this month on our compound. Thirty-three teachers from schools around the area are receiving instruction in teaching methods as well as the content they are teaching. One evening Janet, one of the Education staff working with the training, was showing the “Jesus Film.” She had managed to get a copy of the film in Dinka. It isn’t the Dinka dialect that is spoken here, but they could understand it — much better than I could (even though I knew the story!). One of the Ugandan staff asked why Jesus always looked the same, no matter what language he was speaking. Toward the end, when Jesus was being crucified, one of the teachers commented, “If that had happened in Africa, there would have been a big war.” And I think he is right. Revenge is so ingrained in the culture here. And it is not just between tribes; but even within tribes, between clans. I pray that they will experience peace, not just the absence of fighting, but the true peace that only our Father can send.
Please continue to pray with me:
- For the timely rains
- For improvements being made on compound
- For safe travels so far
- For peace and reconciliation
- For my acquisition of Dinka language
- For the referendum in January
- For safe travels on deteriorating roads
May His abundant Grace and Blessings be with you,
The 2010 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 47