Today was the farewell party for Sister Sandra. She’s a Comboni Sister who has been with Solidarity for three years. She is leaving to study in the United States—a program to strengthen teaching for people using a second language. She leaves in late February but we had to do the farewell early to have a free Sunday. Sisters from her own congregation are in Nzara so they came. We also invited the priests from the minor seminary who are our neighbors. The Riimenze Solidarity community came as well as the Christian Brothers. The Franciscan Sisters also came. It was a fun afternoon.
The construction pictures show the work on the bedrooms as well as the chapel. The picture with the men passing bricks is two of our pre-service students who have stayed through the three month break because it’s too far and too dangerous to travel to Nuba Mountains. They are earning money and keeping busy working with the construction crew.
The plants growing up the posts are dragon fruits which will be beautiful and delicious next year! The other is custard apple. They are a soft fruit that truly does taste like custard. They will be ready in late June or early July.
This is our last week of classes. Exams are next week. It’s always a tense time for the students. I have a lot left to teach!