Poppy's sister visits...

Spens Posted by John and Poppy Spens on Tue, 26 Oct 2010 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

This weekend Poppy’s sister Beryl who lives in Aalsmeer, Holland came to visit us when she was speaking at a conference in Kampala. Along with her friend Ilva, she leads the children’s work at their church in Holland…and they got involved in some children’s ministry in Sudan.

Beryl and Ilva arrived in Yei on Saturday and they hit the ground running! In the afternoon, Beryl and Ilva helped to lead a children’s evangelistic event in Yei Cathedral. Following some radio advertisements, a crowd of 1500 children attended! As part of the service, we performed a drama in which John dresses up as a monkey and has an operation! (You can see the photos to the right.)

On 17th October a few of us visited the congregation of St Mark’s Parish church in the remote village of Yeiba, about 5 miles further on the road from Mongo. Getting there was difficult as you can see from the photos, with deep water and lots of mud and a road that was very overgrown in places. As it had rained the night before, the Pastor wasn’t sure we would get through but our vehicle and the Martha Mobile Clinic made it through in convoy. A journey of only 25 kms had taken 2hours and 30 minutes and we were very glad to have 4WD.

The welcome was very warm. Poppy’s sister led some children’s activities while John preached briefly. The theme was choices as we were in the last day of the Diocese’s Week of Witness, the theme being taken from Joshua 24 verses 14 and 15. After speeches and a delicious lunch, we were given presents of a pineapple, some bananas and some eggs. It was a wonderful day – about 1500 children attended – amazing for a small village!

We took the mobile clinic as well as our car so that we could distribute insecticide treated mosquito nets after the church service. But in the end there was no time to do that. We were glad to be following that vehicle as it showed me where to drive and where not to drive!

You can see some photos from our weekend to the right.

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