Water... at long last!

In lieu of a picture of the new well, we're providing you a picture from our 2009 trip where we gathered and prayed around the very spot where Samuel, Silas and the others at the church chose to plant the well.

We are overjoyed to be able to tell you that at long last, after 3+ years of planning, fighting, negotiating, wondering what's happening, and maybe even a little crying... there is a water well drilled and operational at the site of the Chumnyiel Lighthouse Church. We can't even begin to explain the significance of this development.

Water is everything. You may say "well, DUH." but the fact of the matter is, when we wake up in the morning, we get to go 10 feet to the bathroom or the kitchen and turn the faucet on. It's a different story in Sudan, and we can attest to it. Every morning you wake up, you (or the women, actually) get the containers and walk to the water well. Sometimes kilometers! You wait in line, sometimes for hours while the cattle camp guys get to cut in line so their cows can drink (you may even have to pump the water for them) and after your wait, you get to carry the heavy containers of oft-undrinkable water back home, only to do it all over again.

In addition, the people at the church can now begin making bricks for buildings and they will be able to implement the drip irrigation process to start the agriculture project and begin a local economy!

In other developments, please check out the new HopeSudan.net; the web-home of our international charity which will be the outlet of all the humanitarian aid.

We're hoping to make a trip soon to Cueibet to assess the specific needs of the agriculture project, meet with local leaders to discuss implementation and say hi to our friends. We'll have more specifics on the grandiose scheme for this year in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, check out HopeSudan.net and thank you for all of your support!

Randy, Jason and Awan


The club can't even handle us right now.

Been a hot minute since we've updated you all on the goings-on with our friends and our work, so I thought it high time to make a post.

Jason and I had the opportunity to attend a wild celebration in Overland Park on a Saturday night in April. About 500 Sudanese (and a small handful of Americans) packed a small convention center for good food, speeches from SPLA officials and leaders of the Sudanese Diaspora, and most important: random outbursts of song and dance. It was truly something special to see. I took some video with my phone and I apologize for the quality, but I think it will give you a good idea of what it was like :).

In other news, we've continued working on planning the agriculture project in Abiriu; we have established contact with some people who are very knowledgeable in drip irrigation with experience implementing these types of projects. We are hoping to make a trip to survey the area planned for farming later this year and begin implementation by the beginning of 2012. There is a great list of needs for doing this (as one would imagine) and we will have detail on that soon.

We've given the Hope Sudan International Charity website a facelift and invite you to check it out. We still have tons of footage and pictures that we need to compile and post so you can get a real taste of the trips we make.

We'll have more updates soon on the projects and on the Hope Sudan site.

Until then,