News and articles from John and Poppy Spens

Panyana School Opening

John and Poppy travelled to Panyana for the grand opening of a new school, the building of which was funded by the Basic Services Fund and project managed by CMS Ireland. Brass band music set the background to this important day for the local community…

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Posted on Thu, 04 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

The appeal of Tom and Jerry

Poppy and John find themselves broken down on the road back to Yei…click here to find out what happened next…

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Posted on Tue, 16 Feb 2010

November news..

November has begun and we only have a few weeks remaining before we return to the UK for the month of December. October was extremely busy: launching the mobile clinic, hosting several visitors, preaching in the Cathedral and dealing with banking issues…

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Posted on Tue, 03 Nov 2009

Birthdays, Banks, BSF and Busyness!

May has rushed by and we are nearly at the half way point of our 15 week stay in Yei. Poppy celebrated her birthday here in April and John celebrated his on Saturday. It’s not easy to find suitable presents and Sudanese people do not generally celebrate birthdays. So Poppy gave John an African shirt and two apples!

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2009

With the Church, through the Church to the Community!

Thanks to the support of the Department for International Development’s Basic Services Fund (BSF) for Sudan, CMS Ireland is working with the Dioceses of Yei and Lainya to implement the HEART project. HEART stands for Health, Education and Rural Transformation.

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Posted on Thu, 07 May 2009

In the Nick of Time!

Today 30th April 2009 we witnessed the unfailing provision of a faithful God. During April, the Nile Commercial Bank where both the College and Martha Clinic have funds ran out of cash. The Martha clinic had all its cash reserves in the bank.

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Posted on Fri, 01 May 2009

Facing Giants...

There are many thatched ECS churches in the Yei Diocese and last Sunday, we had the opportunity to visit the Zamba church, where John was invited to preach

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Posted on Tue, 17 Feb 2009

Reaching Out...

Today I went to an Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDP) Camp near Lainya, about 35 miles from Yei. A small village had fled from the LRA about 6 months ago and have set up camp near Lainya. They have no health care and little food. They have made temporary houses with tarpaulins for the roof. It is thought there are 300 people there. There were many children of whom several were malnourished, as well as many pregnant women.

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Posted on Mon, 09 Feb 2009

Sudanese students prepare for healthcare training.

We took this photo of the 5 students from Diocese of Lainya and five from the Diocese of Yei on the eve of their trip to Kampala for 9 months training to be Health Care Assistants at the International Health Sciences University.

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Posted on Tue, 03 Feb 2009

Looking back at graduation 2008

On 5th December 2008, another 91 students successfully graduated from Yei Vocational Training College, bringing the overall total for the last five years to 344. It was a year of records. A record number of students graduating – 91, in 5 separate disciplines; a record number passed their driving test – 34 out of 34; a record attendance at graduation, filling the new hall to overflowing.

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Posted on Wed, 10 Dec 2008