“Turn right at the goats…”

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Firstly, Thank you so much for all the prayer from everyone during our visit here, I have felt so protected and at peace this whole time. From the moment we stepped off the MAF flight we have been embraced in friendship and prayer by the people of Ibba Diocese.

With the help of our interpreters, lots of laughter and interpretative dance, the channels of communication are well and truly open! The day begins with the sound of the drum calling us to rise and the call to attend morning devotions. After breakfast with the most amazing honey (David Johnston take note) we all have been heading off to our various projects each day.

I can truly say “the boys” have been amazingly supportive with our own international celebrity Simon – an absolute rock. The graciousness and the intelligence of the people here is evident in all situations; and the love that shines from the children’s faces is heart warming.

My work with the MU has focused on health education – safe water, malaria prevention, diarrhoea management. The MU is headed up by Bishop Wilson’s wife Agnes and another lady, Mama Agnes who you will see in the photos.

Two very strong women and inspiring leaders I must say! To see and hear the delight from Mama Agnes when the bicycles for the MU arrived (gifted by Ballyrashane & Killdollagh Parish) on Tuesday was just wonderful. The MU on wheels… watch out Ibba Diocese!

In honour of our visit, the Bishop arranged a football match between Ibba County and Manikakara Archdeaconry on Tuesday afternoon, complete with the Ibba Commissioner and Chief of Police as special guests as well as a shiny trophy to rival the World Cup ! Guest appearances on the field included David “Beckham” Gough and Dennis “Law” Christie!

This was truly a sight to behold… and what competitiveness ! The exciting conclusion of 1-1 led to a penalty shoot out with Manikakara the victors, watch out Moira FC!

I have had the opportunity to spend time with Martin, Neema and Daniel who work at the health centre. There is such need here in this area and the work that they are doing with such limited resources and challenging environment is nothing short of a miracle.

Common problems in adults and children include malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory infections. I just want to encourage everyone to pray for the patients and the work being done here.

For those who know me well, I have been shoved out of my comfort zone doing things I never thought possible; with God’s strength everyday I have faced the challenges and been inspired by so many including the other members of the META team.

Perhaps one day we can have a combined choir between St John’s and Ibba choirs as the singing and praise has been “awesome”!

Before signing off, perhaps some of you are intrigued as to today’s blog title. This refers to SatNav Simon’s instructions on getting from the football pitch to our base when I asked him. “Go up that road and take a right at the goats”! You couldn’t write the script some days!

I feel truly blessed to have part of the META team visiting Ibba Diocese and look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

God Bless

Diane

For more photos of the team click Here

Comments

Alison Wells said Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:19PM
Great to read your blogs and glad everything is going so well.Praying for you all.Safe journey home.Alison
Maxine said Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:58PM
Looks like you're all having a fantastic time, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the blogs, and look forward to hearing more when you return! Praying for a safe journey home.
Edna and Stephen said Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:52PM
Diane and the Moira Team, finally found the blog, as you will know, this attempt at replying on a blog is a first.Brilliant photo's and stories from your trip, thank you. The contribution that you are making is amazing and you are all tremendous amabassadors for NI, well done. Your gifts are being used for God's work. Safe journey home. God Bless. Edna and Stephen

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