Friday, November 30, 2012

Gary Johnson's "Postcard" from Sudan - November 30, 2012

Here's the latest posting from CCC's Gary Johnson, on pilgrimage with a team from the DIocese of Missouri to Lui, Sudan. Please keep Gary and the rest of the mission team in your prayers and check back here and at

I woke up early and decided to stay up. So at 5:15am I walked outside and made my water bottle coffee which I've become very fond of due to the heat. Taster's Choice in little packets dumped into a water bottle, I put the lid back on shake and my coffee is ready.

I was the only one awake in the compound and got to hear Africa wake up. It was just turning light, the sunrise seems especially slow here don't know if has something to do with being so close to the equator. But the only noise I could hear were the crickets, around 5:30 a few rooster started but from a distance. We have four roosters in the compound but they were silent. The different sounds I could hear mesmerized me, sounds I had never heard before seemed to chime in as if each knew his or her turn to join in the morning chorus. Sounds I had never heard before were beautiful and it's so quiet I love waking up to Africa.

We had a great dish for supper last night it's spaghetti noodles that they boil and when just about done they drain off the water and sprinkle powered milk and cane sugar on them. We also had chicken. Breakfast this morning consisted of greens, our dough-balls and tomato and onions and left over noodles from last night which was still good.

The ten guys in our carpentry class have almost finished their first project. They're very quick leaners. We normally stop around 3:30 but they wanted to keep working we worked until 5:45. Love working with them. They were so proud of their accomplishments today and to actually hold onto something that they had built with their own hands. Each one signed his name to the bottom of the table.

Love being here and the people are incredibly friendly.


  1. It's great to hear about your pilgrimage to Sudan...what a wonderful gift your giving by going there. Lots of prayers going your way. I remember the time I got to go to Africa back in January of 1989. We went to Tangiers, Morocco. I loved it. thanks for the e-post card.
    Peace & Love,
    Kelly Glossip

  2. Thanks for this report.

    I, too, remember waking early to the sounds of Africa. Maybe it was because of the time difference, but I often woke before dawn in Lui. Like you, I loved sitting out in the compound and hearing the sounds and seeing daylight arrive.

    I love hearing your reports. Thank you!