Journey to Nuba Mountains...

Spens Posted by John and Poppy Spens on Fri, 02 Jul 2010 | 3 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Both of us had been invited to attend and speak at the Samaritan’s Purse(SP) staff conference in the Nuba Mountains so Monday 21st June saw us flying in a 12 seater plane with some SP staff from Juba to Kauda, via Rumbek, where we refueled.

Everything was weighed carefully before we took off to make sure we were under the total weight limit for people and luggage. As a group we were 50kg over so we had to decide what to remove before we could take off.

On landing at Kauda, we drove for one hour up a bumpy unmade road to Heiban where SP is supporting the development of a theological college. This was to be our home for the next 4 days, at the foot of some mountains (see photo 1).

John had been asked to speak at two main sessions and at three electives, sharing his experience as a manager to deal with issues such a leading a team and managing change. Poppy spoke at two sessions on health issues.

It was wonderful to be part of the SP Sudan team. Over 100 staff from USA, Kenya, Canada, Uganda and Sudan took part and shared in the programme that was part spiritual and part team building and included some Olympic games over three afternoons. Great food was served. We watched USA win its world cup match vs Algeria, with a goal in extra time. And we had many good conversations and made new friends.

All too quickly it was Friday and at 0630 and it was time to get into a convoy of SP land cruisers for the return journey to the airstrip.

Unfortunately heavy rain had made the rough roads almost impassible in some places and we got badly stuck (photo 2). Three vehicles in our convoy had to be rescued by an SP tractor but eventually we reached the airstrip to catch our plane, muddy and over an hour late. But as the pilots were in one of the land cruisers, we were not too late! (see photo 3).

It had been a wonderful experience, with a group of very special colleague doing an incredible job in tough situations, helping the people of South Sudan (see

John and Poppy


Abulgasim Tutu said Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:59PM
Dears John and Poppy Hi how are you doing I hope you're in good hilth. really I don't know from where I can start my message. but when I wrot your storis in visiting Nuba Moumtains I fied happy Because I one of Nubain and I live in canada for five years.and as you Nuba Mountns is very por place and it "A lost paradise" During I'm in canada I try to hlepe my people in nuba Mountane by send some itom to the studants farmer and disbility .
Stephen Abdelbagui said Fri, 03 Dec 2010 10:49AM
Dears John and and poppy, I just wanted to thanks both of you for your continues help and support to us in Sudan, May the Lord bless you. Am so happy that people like you can get to Nuba Mountains that means our problems and the genocide, slavery that was taking place in the Nuba Mountains is now been known to the outsider world, and now we can read and see photos of our hidden beautiful home land, and that is all cause of people like you. thank-you Stephen
Canon Kenneth Hearn said Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:10PM
how wonderful that you had such an opportunity in such a needy place! Tell us, where exactly nearest BIG town (or Map Reference) did you go -or is it confidential? Your destination name given is not on my Sudan map!

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