We are winding up our time here in South Sudan and thoughts are beginning to shift toward home. We leave Yambio tomorrow morning, spend one night in Kampala and then home, by way of London. I has been a wonderful time and I have already started thinking about plans and projects for next year. Thank you all so much for supporting us, both with finances and prayers. The faces of the children, each with their hand extended wanting to shake ours and ask "how are you?"; their laughter ringing as we sing a silly song or tell a Bible story with the puppets; their excitement over a small trinket or piece of candy. I have had the pictures of their faces on my screen saver on my computer all year since our last and I was amazed how many I remembered. They have grown, but their smiles are the same.
We went to Baguga this morning to spend some time with the kids and, also, to participate in a ground breaking ceremony for a new school building. During the ceremony, the Zande Chief, who originally gave the plot of land for the school, announced that he was adding another piece of land to the school ground. Bishop Andrew was very please to hear that and so excited to have the ground breaking. All the children were there for it and the oldest ones even were asked to do some "dirt turning" for the footings of the foundation. It was very exciting to be a part of this, especially after Asha Designs has raised money for just this day.