FIRST YEAR BOOK of South Sudan!

As I wrote yesterday, I have just returned from our most celebratory moment in the history of South Sudan history—the first graduation ceremony our region has ever known! In fact, more people attended our high school graduation than attended the recent national celebration of the world’s newest country in the capital, Juba. Click here to see the…

The Cost of Love

My favorite day of the week in Nuba is Friday, because in the afternoon the children celebrate that they have survived one more week. They take time to play, sing, dance, and just hang out. Today, they went all out, showing me many of their native dances. The tall, strong boys wore sheaves of bells tied…

Our Father’s Cleft Motto

In the 130-degree-heat morning after a particularly brutal night of bombing, the teachers of Our Father’s Cleft (OFC) invited me to their staff meeting. Because of the extra expenses brought on from the heavy bombardment of the last few months, I knew the leaders of OFC had gone through the cash we left them last time…

Coffee, Oil of Olay, and Other Necessities of Life

Lual Atak, Romano, Eugenio, Ezekiel, and Dr. Allen left Nuba Mountains last Sunday, beginning their long journey home. They have spouses, young children, and ministries waiting on them. Originally, I was to go with this team who came in with me. However, as the days—and nights—wore on several things bore down upon me, calling me to…

A Nighttime Rap on My Tent

There’s a fierce wind tonight. Clouds have come in, but it is not the season of rains. Instead this wind carries great veils of sand that furrow in the hairs of my body, between my toes, under my nails, and in the sockets of my eyes. Knowing the thin mesh would strain at least a…

Bombs Bursting in Air…

The Night: 9:09 p.m.: gunfire. 9:25 p.m.: several rounds of rapid fire. I remain flat on my back, counting an infinite number of stars through the mesh of my tent while listening to Lual Atak, Romano, and Ezekiel tell their war stories to Eugenio not three feet away. I click on the indiglo nightlight of my…