July 20, 2011

Yea! to be in Yei, Sudan!

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you from Yei, the New Republic of Sudan—the 54th country of Africa. The July 9th celebrations, as you maybe have read in the newspaper, were, and continue to be incredible. After decades of war that I actually shared in physically, it’s been a joy for me to congratulate so many Sudanese here and assure them that there are MANY wonderful people praying for them around the world.

I was warmly welcomed here to the Yei YWAM (Youth With a Mission) on the 5th of July and to my surprise soon became sick with a severe migraine and vomiting for several days—almost a week. I was ready to give up and go home—I felt to awful. I had no idea what work was going to open up for me and I was really feeling unsure of what lay ahead.

Now all is made new! I’m sleeping better than ever and eating great. I went to town to meet Bishop Tombe last week who then introduced me to the Holy Spirit Sisters who have assumed responsibility recently for the leprosy program of Yei. We chatted for hours and though they are fully staffed for the basic leprosy program, they warmly welcome me to “fill in the gaps” and support the program as I feel led. Sr. Veronica, a doctor from Ukraine said, “You’re an answer to prayer!” and I replied that their welcome and response was also an answer to mine and all of you who have been praying for me.

I will also be assisting YWAM with improving their Yei clinic and then move toward working more regularly with the leprosy program. I also am weekly attending an amazing time of intercession for Sudan and unity in the churches. It’s solely led by Sudanese Pastors and lay people and we pray all day—It is so beautiful and an answer to my cry that 1 Chronicles7:14 be lived out in Sudan.

Thank you to all who have been praying for me—what a difference I feel since sending out an ‘SOS’ prayer request that first week… Your prayers are incredible! Keep them going please!

With renewed strength,
Katie
PS: my gmail is now restored!! Yea again!