It has still been pouring rain every single day, highly, highly unusual for July. It looks as if we will have the former and latter rains together this year. I am definitely taking this as a prophetic sign of what God is doing here in South Sudan. I continue to look at the rains as a blessing even though it makes life difficult here sometimes. Two nights ago I was awakened by a knock at my door at 1:00 a.m. It was our cook telling me that her granddaughter was very sick and needed to go to the hospital. Her granddaughter is a ten-day old baby. The worst road in Yei is the one which takes us to this hospital, the one where we take our kids. I took one of my watchmen with me in case we got stuck in the mud and mire. The water is so deep in these “potholes” that we actually get water in our floorboards of the truck.
We managed to make it there okay. Coming back at 4:00 a.m. we got stuck but I managed to “rock” the truck, driving backward and forward, and got us out. I am sure Jesus gave us a push too! Every day that we go out in our one truck, this is what we look forward to. I have definitely become a better back road driver here.
Another example of rain and how it affects our lives is this morning, it has been pouring rain since about 6:00 a.m. and it is now after 9:00 and still going steady. The temperature when it rains is about 65-70 degrees in the early mornings. Our children still have to pump water from the borehole, in the rain, in order to wash the dishes, in the rain, in order to eat the porridge while it is still warm. I do have a plan to build a covering for the wash area but the trees aren’t sprouting cash yet so…… lol. Our kids do have it better than many in that they do get three meals a day and have their school fees paid and have more than one pair of clothes…. We don’t complain. Sometimes I like to remind people how life is here in a third world country.
The market in town usually opens for business around 9:00 a.m. When it rains, it is whenever people can get there. You can’t be in a hurry for anything here because so many things can cause delays. One literally has to go with the flow.
Last week I discovered that Mercy needed one of her teeth pulled which led me to call around to see who could pull it. I learned that we now have a dentist in town! She is a Ugandan lady and when we arrived at her office she was reading her Bible and listening to a sermon on her radio. Love it!! We had to hold Mercy down to give her the Novocain shot, four of us with me draped across her legs. Five minutes later, without any fanfare or warning, the dentist reaches into Mercy’s mouth with her dental pliers and yanks out the tooth with two big tugs! Mercy was screaming and I was about ready to cry. As soon as the tooth came out Mercy was smiling! Serious! So, I don’t think it hurt as bad as it looked. I think she was just scared. She is now a happy kid again.
This week I learned that many of the children were having bad dreams and some even had evil spirits visit in the night trying to choke them and scratch them. This stuff is very real here and we never chalk it up to their imagination. When our 18 year olds are telling me this, I have to take it serious. One of our boys says he was attacked in the night and choked and for three weeks now he has had a sore throat and extreme body pain and has almost lost his voice, and there is no medical evidence of anything being wrong with him. We have taken him twice to get tests done. So I got very serious.
Thursday night I taught the children with scripture about who they are IN Christ and the authority they have over this stuff. I gave them a handout with all the scripture on it. We put on our armor (Ephesians 6) and went to our houses. This was at 9:00 p.m. All of the kids stood in front of their houses with their flashlights and I stood in the middle of the compound. I made decrees and declarations with the Word of God as they repeated after me. We were yelling them out because the houses are very spread out. It was so extremely cool to hear and to see the lights at each house as we did this. At the end the kids started yelling and shouting and praising God and they wouldn’t stop! So I ran and got my speaker and we danced to the center of our compound and had a praise fest there, jumping up and down and singing at the top of our lungs. It was the most amazing thing to see and hear, all initiated by the desire of the kids to praise their GOD.
We do not become discouraged, we continue to persevere and minister wherever we can. We treasure your prayers for our health, our finances, and our safety, and for God’s favor with Him and man in all things as we continue to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are sitting in the dark. The Lord is good all the time and that is His nature truly!