Charles and James

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It doesn’t seem that long ago since I was writing about a young Congolese refugee, Charles Agele. You can read my blog about Charles here but here’s a brief reminder:

Charles with his memorable beaming smile, was one of two refugees who presented themselves to John Spens at the Yei Vocational Training College office on that day in Autumn 2006. They were enquiring about studying at Yei Vocational Training College and also required somewhere to live and to boot a job. They had recently returned from refugee camps in DR Congo and were French speaking, which was a bit of a challenge even for John! John appointed one as the College Gardener and one as a Security Guard.

Well to update you all…today, Charles is about to complete his degree in Health Management in Kampala, Uganda and has recently been appointed as the new Manager of Martha Primary Health Care Centre in Yei. What a truly amazing achievement…but the story does not finish there.

You may remember Charles’ story… but who and what happened to the other young man?

Charles’ friend is called James Malish and his story is equally miraculous and encouraging. After some months of faithful service around the YVTC, an opportunity arose. Thanks to Irish Aid funding, CMS Ireland was able to send James back home to DR Congo to study for four years to qualify as a Clinical Officer.

James successfully qualified as a Clinical Officer last year and he was appointed as the Team Leader of the Mobile Clinic based out of Martha Primary Health Care Centre in Yei. The team travel each week to the Archdeaconries in Yei Diocese. They have had a truly fantastic year performing a much-needed and providing an incredible service as they visit a different village each day, often seeing over 100 patients during their clinic. On Saturday John and Poppy Spens, who have just spent the last week in Yei, visited James at home with his wife, Nema and 5 month old baby son. Nema was not able to attend Secondary School but managed to get the opportunity to attend a catering course. She prepared the Spens a truly delicious meal.

In Poppy’s words, “What an amazing way God has worked in the lives of James and Charles – one leading the Martha Mobile Clinic team and one soon to manage the Martha Primary Health Care Centre.” John continues, “Poppy is truly as proud of these two young men as she is of her own sons.”

Please continue to pray for Charles and James in their work, that they would be blessed by God and would be a blessing to those with whom they work.

Here’s the link to the original blog about Charles

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