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It was a sad occasion when the team from Moira left. Some tears were shed as they squished into the transport to the airport. Later, we stood outside our house in Ibba and waved enthusiastically at the small plane flying overhead. It did occur to me later that this may have been the wrong plane!

Shortly afterwards, the many bags and suitcases, which we’d left in Juba 12 days ago, arrived on our veranda. Sorting the contents is well underway and will be completed well in time for the bishop to hand over the many generous gifts that had been sent out with all of us. These include sewing machines and packs for the Days for Girls project, football kits, clothing, medical supplies and beekeeping equipment. Our room will look empty without it all!

Because of the high cost of bottled water and its unavailability locally, we have started to boil water from the borehole for drinking. This was a chance to get to know our new neighbour, Ronnie, as we soon found that paraffin ‘is not there’ in Ibba, which means that we were unable to use our burner. Ronnie, however, has a charcoal burner, which he uses to cook rice and beans, and he kindly offered to share this with us each day. Ronnie is from Uganda and has worked in Ibba for 7 years, following 3 years in a Bible college. He has committed 8 years to the work, so plans to leave next year.

We were assisted by Moses to make a hole in an old plastic container to hold a tap. When filled with water, this provides a flow of running water for handwashing. Moses is a very polite young man who aspires to be either a doctor or a pilot. He was a boda-boda (motorbike taxi) boy, but the motorbike was on loan and has now been returned. He is saving money to continue his education by moulding burned bricks. This takes place near the river, so that the water need not be carried a great distance.

This morning (Tuesday), I commented to Carol that, had we been in England, I would expect it to rain. This later turned out to be correct. Firstly, large drops splashed on the ground, followed by a noisy downpour which pelted on the metal roof of the shower room and quickly formed large puddles on the ground. This continued for about an hour and a half and is a fairly unusual event during the dry season.

It has been a joy to meet people again. Pastor Simon is easily recognised from his laugh, which can be heard from a great distance. At closer range, he usually wears a large smile. His wife has a similar demeanour and, after returning from Yambio, came to greet us, carrying the latest addition to their family – a smiling baby girl. I cannot think of many places I have visited where one is woken by people laughing, or where I would be able to recognise individuals from a distance by their laugh.

Ibba has many challenges, but it is a special place with very special people.

Comments

Roger Thompson said Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:05AM
Hi Nigel and Carol - glad to read your updates. Praying for you as you encounter the "challenges" - glad that you are also hearing laughter.... we need more of that here! Please do keep the updates coming.
Linda Abwa said Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:42AM
Great to read your update, although sad to hear you can't get fuel for your stove. we continue to pray for you both, keep laughing with the Ibba folks!
Janet said Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:31AM
Hi you 2 Amazing again! Wonderful to hear so much laughter is going on! xx
Vivien Evans said Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:32PM
So pleased to hear you are safe and meeting old friends and making new ones. God bless you. Steady rain here alternate days, but the delights of spring bulbs, murmuring of swallows over Holme Pierrepont, and winter bird visitors are a delight. Go blues as you settle further. Our prayers xx

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