Saturday, June 22, 2013

Successful 2013 Mission Team Heading Home


  Thank you!  We have a well in Malual thanks to the grace of God, your generosity, and the labor of a committed few.  Andrew returned from South Sudan this week, and Jacob has already started the journey home.  Clean water brings with it the promise of health, education, and development.   As stories and pictures arrive we will share them with all of you.

Looking forward...

  While Jacob and Andrew were in South Sudan, work here continued as we look forward to the next phase. Our 2014 trip will be a larger team focused on medical care, education, and the building and furnishing of a school building.  This is a big project complicated by the distance from resources and lack of infrastructure in Malual.  In addition to primary education, this school will provide opportunities for worship gatherings, community leadership development during a time of major change, help for girls and women to fulfill their dreams of education and personal choice for participatory voice in their communities, and bring hope to a community struggling to build a future as a functioning part of the newest country in the world.

  I hope you will support our 2014  effort by signing up for the"Strides 4 Students" 5K run/walk (see, purchasing a raffle ticket, or both.  The fun run will be held on August 24th starting at the ShoWare Center parking lot.  The fun run registration fee is a $20 donation before August 1st and $25 after (with discounts for teams/families that register together).  If you register early you will also receive a t-shirt.  Grand prize for the raffle is 2 round trip tickets courtesy of Alaska Airlines, and are available for a donation of $10.

World Dance Party

  Saturday, June 22, is the Kent International Festival.  We had a group share some South Sudanese
culture by participating in the Friday World Dance Party at the Kent Senior Activity Center.  They were enthusiastically received by the crowd, and Machar did a great job sharing some facts about South Sudan, inviting people to learn more about the country and people, and representing the SSCRP effort at Kent Lutheran Church. He said he it was very important for  everyone in Washington to know that they wanted to dance to show everyone how they are doing back home, and that they came from Kent Lutheran Church that has a big group called South Sudan Community Restoration Program that is helping the people back home to get clean water.