Monday, May 18, 2009

Past Trips

April 2008 - First Mission Team from TBC visits ECSS in South Sudan On April 1, 2008, Joel and Rebecca Martin with John and Donna Shekleton arrive in Nairobi, Kenya to do basic hygiene instruction with HIV/AIDS prevention in rural communities of Kenya and South Sudan. After serving a week at the Malooi AIC Church and Pastor Kioko Mwangangi's rural home, the team arrived in South Sudan. There they met with Dominic and Rejoice Olluru and Jordan Anguramoi, who is TBC's scholarship student at Pan African Christian College in Nairobi.
Since 1988, Dominic and Rejoice have started about 8 rural village churches and now he oversees the leadership as well as other projects, such as the ox plow project and the posho corn grinding mill. While in South Sudan for 10 days, the team conducted the hygiene and HIV/AIDS prevention instruction, simple VBS and painting the timbers of a church in 3 different rural congregations. They participated in the dedication of a new constructed church at Ilieu village, which is Dominic's childhood home. The church members were encouraged in the daily challenges of everyday living.

On July 26, 2008, Rejoice Olluru graduates from Pan Africa Christian College receiving a BS degree in Christian counseling. She first enrolled in 2005.

(insert Picture here) August 2008, Dominic's vehicle is repaired in Sudan, thanks to TBC "The car is on road, the car was repaired by a Kenya mechanic. I suggest that we will be making some minimum charges for our visitors who are going to use the car. This is because we do not have any budget/income allocated for maintaining the care. We need to buy engine oil, diesel, air filters etc on regular basis. We will be able to charge a minimum fee of $50 a day and future users will fuel the vehicle by themselves. When the vehicle travels outside of Torit, additional charges will be charged." Joyce, Jordan's wife, enrolls in a 3 year tailoring course at Ricardo's Tailoring and Embroider School. Since she does not speak English, she also enrolled in an English course. Joyce did not go to school (like many other Sudanese) so her teacher says that Joyce is good in practical skills but when it comes to measurements, number and other theories she is lost completely.

Late in August 2008, TBC sponsored the Kenya Mission Team from the Malooi AIC church in rural Kenya, headed by Pastor Kioko Mwangangi, with 5 young fellows. They traveled to South Sudan to start a Tree Planting project in Torit by first building a nursery and then planting seeds. They had begun a successful Tree Planting project at their own church in Kenya which generated income to support some church ministries and local widows. Their purpose in Southern Sudan was to plant trees to improve the environment and nutrition. They planted 14 varieties of tropical fruit trees, as well as hardwood trees for timber. Some of these trees will be planted along the boundaries of Dominic's property. These fruit trees should mature in about 5 years, ready for consumption. The team gave instruction about the care of the seedlings and trees and the seedlings continue to grow in the following months. Several months later the trees were transplanted all over on Dominic's property. More seeds were planted and cared for.