Julie texted me last night that the team arrived safely in Tonj, South Sudan.
The flight was indeed crazy - troublesome logistics before they could leave Nairobi - taking TWO planes - followed by the worst turbulence my wife and fellow Tenwek-ers have ever experienced. Knowing how many flights they've taken over the years, that is indeed a statement. Five of the team utilized the vomit bags. Julie, who threw up for 9 months with each of our children, said it was the worst nausea and vomiting she's ever experienced. (yes, the photo was before takeoff) So a challenging start - but this is the first team we could send back to S Sudan in four years. The people really need so much there.
The operating room has been set up and they should have operated on several people by the time you read this. We pray that many receive their sight back this week. May Jesus provide for these neighbors of ours who have suffered so much. And may they experience the love of God through this team.
Julie will spend the week as the team photographer - taking the time to sit with people, hear their stories, share Jesus' love with them, and, when given permission, take their photo so that people like you can see whom you are helping. A local pastor will be her translator between Dinka and English. I pray God uses the two of them to love on many.
Thank you for enabling and encouraging us to be here in this region. It is such a privilege to serve.
Mike (pediatric surgeon) and Julie (nurse/mother to two) living in Kenya, East Africa