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Arua is alive with noise
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Arua is alive with noise

Arua alive with noise both night and day. Becky Sedgwick now back in the UK provided a wonderful and descriptive piece. Sitting on the cool verandah waiting for Eric, our driver, it occurs to me that the town here is never quiet.  There are the sounds of nature but never far away are the sounds...

Arua through the eyes of a visitor
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Arua through the eyes of a visitor

Arua is a large town and like all large towns, full of commerce. Just travelling between the guest house and the college, there is so much to see!  But the majority of shops and workshops aren’t in smart buildings, but anywhere the owner can find a space.  So there’s a motorbike repair shop just by...

Airports are not quite the same as home
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Airports are not quite the same as home

Airports are not quite the same as home and there is no such thing as duty-free. Becky Sedgwick has provided another instalment of the CRESS trip. After many goodbyes, we set off for the airstrip at 10.45 – MAF had let us know that they were due to land at 11.10.  To my surprise there was...

CRESS family day
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CRESS family day

Yesterday was the CRESS family day and what a lovely day!  And, because we were driving to Moyo first, another very long day. During breakfast and morning prayer, Fi met with some pastors for one to one counselling – we met one afterwards, whose face was shining with happiness and hope, full of strength for...

A reflection as conferences close
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A reflection as conferences close

Becky Sedgwick has provided a reflection as the conferences close and tells us they ended with great aplomb. The Sunday school teachers learned some games and how to teach the Bible to children, and had two hours of the wonderful Fi teaching them about how to support children with trauma.  The clergy heard more from Bishop...

Sunday school teachers conference
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Sunday school teachers conference

During the Sunday school teachers conference, I asked for examples of when they had prayed and seen God respond.  Many of the stories that came back revealed some of the impact of their flight from Kajo Keji.  One boy spoke about arriving in a camp with nothing at all – except his Bible – so...

Today the conferences began
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Today the conferences began

Today the conferences began!  Both were being held at the Arua Teacher Training College which proved to be a lovely campus with plenty of space and shade, as well as various teaching venues.  We arrived at 9am (after morning prayer and a lovely breakfast!) to find the clergy and the Sunday School teachers together in...

The trip to Mijale was long
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The trip to Mijale was long

The trip to Mijale was long! We piled into CRESS’s landrover, driven by the wonderful Eric – Caroline, Bishop Joseph and his wife Yango, resplendent in a beautiful white dress and headdress, and me.  We drove through busy Arua and for the first half an hour we made good progress on a tarmacked road.  Shops...

A smooth MAF flight to Arua
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A smooth MAF flight to Arua

To ensure that MAF does not leave without us this morning we arrive at the airstrip just after dawn. A smooth one-hour flight North to Arua surrounded by hazy heat meaning the ground was not very visible. We are met by dear Fred and his reception team who ably manage all our very heavy luggage....

Sunday has been a great day
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Sunday has been a great day

Sunday has been a great day – a gentle start temperature-wise for us Brits with glorious early sunshine in the garden at the guest house. A good night had by Joseph and the team, a great breakfast with others staying followed by a time of worship with three of CRESS’s wonderful university students: Anna Modong,...