We went to Riimenze one day to keep out of the way. Today we went back to Riimeze just to avoid the dust and mess. Both days were nice, peaceful visits. One day we took the two women who are staying over Christmas. They can't go to Nuba Mountains because of the travel distance, expense. The four Nuba men are working on the construction trying to earn some money for themselves. I've been helping one of the men and one woman who want to sit the South Sudan certificate for their secondary schooling. These national exams are really important to them. We are just reviewing some biology topics they feel they need help with.
We are going to the refugee camp to meet with some of the volunteer teachers to see what kind of assistance we can give. We will try to find out what will be helpful and do a couple of days with them. It's not really clear what we can do but it's difficult for them with few supplies and the hope of going back to DRC to teach their people. They are French speaking in DRC but these teachers can understand English and there will also be a translator. It should be interesting!
We start back with our in-service program January 5. I am taking a holiday from doing updates until then. Please continue to pray for peace in South Sudan. Tomorrow it is one year since the conflict started. They are still a long way from having the issues resolved.
The pictures below were taken this past year. The 2 little boys live close to us their mother is a water filter woman. The woman is a student. The three with many children are when our students were teaching/doing activities with the STAR group they are children who come to the Christian Brothers once a month for activities and a meal. Some have HIV/AIDS, a parent does, or they are orphans. The children of our world--who suffer from the mistakes, pride etc. of the adults--who remind us of the reasons for Christmas.