A Final Post from Shirlene

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Today is Thursday and it is already our last full day here in Werkok except for Thom who is staying on for a couple of weeks. It is hard to believe that 10 days have already gone by since we first came. Much has been accomplished but there is more that we had hoped to accomplish. Much to do and so little time! In the afternoons of this week I have been privileged to spend time with the women in Bible Study. On Tuesday Mary asked me if I would preach. I told her that I don't preach but I would be happy to share a Scripture with them and tell them what it meant to me. Having never done anything like this before I began praying and asking God to show me what He would have me share with them. Philippians 4:4-9 is what I read from and when I was finished reading, one of the women named Naomi, thanked me for reading that and said that God had told me to share that with them. As she said, they are a people with many difficulties and hardships but God is in control and we don't have to be anxious about anything. The women have taught me a lot! They are amazing and wonderful women of God!

The airfield has been cleared and there is no reason now for a plane not to land here! It looks entirely different than when we first started on it. It looked pretty overwhelming when we first started but with hard work of many and Thom on the bobcat it was finished. By the way, I now call Thom “catman”. We are hoping and planning on the fact that since the airstrip has been cleared our MAF flight will leave from here rather than us having to be driven to Bor and flying out of there to Juba. From Juba we will fly on Kenyan Air to Nairobi.

Yesterday afternoon we had a brief but welcome thundershower. We got a bit of rain and the air cooled down to give us a cooler night to sleep. Today it looks like another shower is possible again but it has often looked that way and nothing happens. The crops are already suffering here and every night buckets of water are carried to the gardens where a hose cannot reach. The dry season has just started so they have to wait again several months for sufficient rain. The problem is once it starts it just keeps raining.

Today's picture is of Dr. Gai treating a male patient. I have rambled on long enough and so I'll turn it over to Paul for the next post. Shirlene