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The New South Sudan: HealthLine Sudan

The last time I was in Sudan was in 2001, so preparing for this trip was exciting because of the new initiative for health care in South Sudan. After talking to Rev. Cecil Wilson from Church Mission Society of Ireland (CMS-I) at convention and hearing about this new project I knew the Lord was answering prayers for both Donna and I. Other mission projects that we have worked on in the past had seemed to have closed for us and the potential of helping our brothers and sisters in Sudan again became a reality for us. Since past trips have been cancelled due to the violence, even the thought of returning to Sudan seemed impossible. However the thought of not continuing with missions to Sudan made Maria Fenty’s death seem even more senseless. Therefore when this opportunity came along it was the Lord answering prayers for many of us.

This mission trip was successful in the aspect that we met the appropriate people and everyone seems to approve of the idea of “HealthLine Sudan”. We obtained in writing acknowledgment from the local governments for the clinics as well as the blessing of Archbishop Marona of the Diocese of South Sudan. The first clinic will be built in Yei which is close to the Uganda border and will be the prototype for future clinics. This effort will be in conjunction with Dr. Ian Clark who has developed two hospitals and several clinics in Northern Uganda. These health clinics will then potentially spread throughout South Sudan to provide quality health care to our brothers and sisters in South Sudan. The need is great in all these areas we visited because of the constant influx of refugees from surrounding countries. When we were in Maridi there were three truck loads of refugees passing us returning to their home villages. There were also 500 captives released from the LRA(Lord’s Resistance Army) and let off in the middle of Maridi with no place to go. This means that the population of these areas will be ever growing and the people returning will have a multitude of illnesses which will affect the general health of these communities. Our visit to Maridi and Yei was short however we saw how much these people need our help and continued prayer. They have passed their burden on to us and we are now obligated to pass it along to the people of the Albany Diocese. Please pray for provision for this program as well as all mission outreach that the Diocese is involved in. God Bless, Kevin & Donna Steckline

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