News and articles from John and Poppy Spens

Census Begins in Yei

After a one week delay, the fifth Hosing and Population census got under way at midnight on Monday 21st April. Everyone was recorded where they were sleeping that night. The results will be very significant and will be preparatory for the referendum on the future of Southern Sudan, to be organised in 2011.

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Posted on Thu, 24 Apr 2008

Bible Distribution in Yei

Like so many things, buying Good News Bibles in Yei is extremely difficult. In fact, there are none anywhere. Our challenge was that we wanted to present each of our 102 new students with a Good News Bible hardback which we use in morning devotions each day.

We did some research and tracked some down in Uganda. A price was negotiated but they would not deliver until paid.

A quick email to friends in our home church secured a cheque payable to the Bible Society UK.

They then emailed Uganda and the Bibles were delivered to Missionary Aviation Fellowship.

MAF flew them up to us free of charge on 15th April and we handed them out in a special ceremony on 17th April when our vicar Rev David Williams was visiting.

It was a great occasion, for which we give thanks to all those who helped in one way or another.

Posted on Tue, 22 Apr 2008 | 1 comments

New Archbishop of Sudan Enthroned.

We were very privileged to attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Archbishop of the Sudan in Juba Cathedral on Sunday 20th April. It was a very colourful ceremony and the cathedral was packed with people from all over the Sudan, as well as many overseas visitors.

We were representing CMS Ireland at the ceremony, which marked the enthronement of the Most Reverend Daniel Deng Bul as Primate of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan and Bishop of Juba. The sermon was preached by the Archbishop of Ruanda and greetings were given by Bishops and Archbishops from around the world. The Communion service lasted about 4 hours and was a very wonderful occasion.

Posted on Mon, 21 Apr 2008