2 for the price of 1

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Please remember CMS Ireland Board member, Trevor Buchanan as he arrives in Sudan today (Tuesday) to visit Maridi Diocese, Yei Diocese and Juba. I’m literally just off the phone from speaking to Bishop Justin and John Spens and I’m happy to report that Trevor and John and Poppy have arrived safely in Maridi. All three are already meeting the Bishop about the refurbishment work at Bethsaida Health Clinic and the new Primary School. The clinic, thanks to a very generous donor, is to benefit from a major facelift as well as new laboratory equipment, medicine supply and staff training. Its Clinical Officer is currently undergoing extensive training at Martha PHCC in Yei.

During the short stay in Maridi Diocese, Trevor and John hope to also visit the Agriculture project supported by St Galls and also Haddow Secondary School, where this year CMS Ireland supported the building of a second block at the school. I plan to meet up with Trevor and John and Poppy in Juba on 4th November in Juba.

After the disappointment of our unsuccessful attempt to access Basic Services Fund (BSF) money to build a new Primary School at Christ Town in Maridi town centre, I was delighted a few weeks ago when John contacted me to say that he’d accessed some funding. John applied to a UK charity, African Revival, which has sponsored students in Yei Vocational Training College and supported Martha Primary Health Care Centre, to support the building of a 3-classroom block. CMS Ireland is planning to fund a second 3-classroom block, leaving only one block to complete the 8-classroom school. If you or your Parish is interested in supporting the completion of Christ Town Primary School please email me for more information.

Meanwhile in Kajo-Keji Diocese CMS Ireland was successful in accessing BSF funding for a new Primary School at Kala, because Kajo-Keji is considered a priority County by the government. The contract for the school was signed yesterday and thanks to John’s negotiation skills with the contractor, we can nearly build 2 schools for the price of one! In fact we are just £21,000 short of being able to build another complete 8-classroom school at Pamoju another extremely needy area as sanctioned by BSF. Again if you or your Parish would like to help us raise the £21,000 to complete this school, please do get in touch?

As many of you know Sudan is entering a critical time in its history as the Referendum is due to take place on 9th January 2011. Archbishop Daniel Deng just returned to Sudan yesterday from a lobbying tour in the UK and US trying to convince the two governments to ensure that everything is in place to allow the crucial Referendum to take place. Click here to read more. I’m part of small lobby group calling on the NI Assembly and the British and Irish governments to do what they can to make the Referendum happen. We have already got the blessing of Archbishop Deng and the support of Archbishop Harper and several Bishop’s in Ireland. We are calling on the Church of Ireland to have a period of prayer for Sudan in the days leading up to the Referendum. Please join with us in prayer for Sudan during this critical period for the future of the country.

Finally, please pray for me as I depart one week today, Tuesday 2nd November, to visit Sudan and Ethiopia. On this visit I will be visiting 4 Global Partner Dioceses, Yei, Lainya and Kajo-Keji in Sudan and The Diocese of Egypt with the Horn of Africa in Ethiopia. I will attending the ECS Partner Round Table Meetings with Archbishop Daniel Deng in Juba. I will also attend the official opening of St Luke’s Primary Health Care Centre in Lainya, Sudan and the Anglican Centre for Mission official opening in Gambella Ethiopia. I am also scheduled to meet Bishop Mouneer in Ethiopia and Bishop’s Hilary, Amidi and Poggo in Sudan as well attend various donor meetings and Diocesan meetings. Please pray specifically for safety as I embark on several long road journeys on the very precarious roads of Southern Sudan.




Robert Ferris said Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:18PM
David, Pass my regards on to trevor - The Parishioners in St. Columba's are praying for him and his work there Regards RF

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