A Golden Welcome!!

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5am doesn’t exist in my world but in Uganda when you’ve a 12 seater plane to catch its necessary unfortunately!! We caught the MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) flight to Ibba very early on Tuesday morning with another austrailian family, Graham and Linda poole and their kids Jasmine, Caleb and Josiah, they were stopping at Yei to live and work there for 3 years with Pioneers.
The flight was brilliant! proper Indiana Jones or James Bond type stuff, with even less turbulence than the BA flight!

We have been here a few hours now and have been getting settled, meeting a lot of people and getting familiar with the local area.

We had the most amazing welcome at Ibba airstrip, even though the fly past (making sure the runway was safe) meant that Bishop Wilson thought we weren’t staying! Our welcome was UNBELIEVABLE, I had tears in my eyes – with a children’s choir singing, the Bishop and lots of local clergy, even Army chiefs! I’m not often speechless but I and the rest of the gang were bowled over by the extraordinary welcome!

We were pleased to meet the county commissioner, Bridget, who was an ex Catholic nun turned local politician who gave us a formal welcome to Ibba and said how pleased she was we were visiting the area.

First impressions

Diane, “we were adorned with colourful garlands as a welcome by such genuinely friendly people”

Dennis, “Such an amazing welcome and such effort to welcome us. The best choir Ive heard for a long time”

Dennis and Billy have got straight to work sussing out the electrical work needed while Diane, David and I visited the health centre – a very humbling experience and a great work going on there. Diane had a good chat with the womens ministry leader Agnes.

We have a busy programme ahead please pray we will have Gods blessing and strength in everything we do. we are already buzzing with ideas as to how St John’s can get people involved further and develop the link here!

Stay tuned

Simon

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