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NEWS – November 2011

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

My book has been published

The writing of my book has been an exciting and long journey. Some people thought I was crazy, but I really had faith that the Lord wanted me to write this book. It is a book for men and women, young and old. My prayer is that it will inspire many in their walk through life. It is called “Toriana“ which means flower and is an interwoven story of my calling into missions and the adventures and miracles that I experienced. You will also discovery the journey of my heart and a beautiful love story. So if you are looking for a Christmas present for some of your friends, then here is a short story that could change their lives and the profits will go to the work we are doing in South Sudan. I want to thank Christoph Peter in Germany who has helped publish it through EPUBLI. It is a German publishing company and you can order the book online! Wherever you are in the world, just simply go to the direct link for my book here www.epubli.de, order it, pay with your credit card and it will be posted to your door! (Except South Africa) The English version is ready and can be ordered now. The German version will hopefully be ready before Christmas, but Christoph has many deadlines and cannot guarantee that it will be ready by then. We realized that it will be difficult for my English friends all over the world to order it off a German website. EPUBLI will only have their English website ready by FALL 2012. Therefore Christoph made some very clear instructions read here . If you have any questions please feel free to email him. Mail Christoph here (Christoph Peter: cp123@freenet.de) For my South African friends, my dad will be getting the book printed through his printing firm in South Africa perhaps in the New Year!

The Container in Ohilang!

Container arriving

Offloading

Going up

Siggi, Clay and pastor Mark working on the roof.

Sebastian wiring and installing the solar system.

Willi, working on the furniture and floor.

Over the last 6 months many people have prayed, contributed and helped me to bring my container home to Ohilang, South Sudan. I want to thank all that took part in this project. I also want to praise Jesus for rewarding me this gift of a beautiful new home. I am grateful for the men that helped bring the container here and helped design it, prepare it and build it. Willi, Sabastian and Siggi did a great job and many others helped them too. I would also like to thank pastor Mark the AIC pastor here in Ohilang. He has been an incredible link between us missionaries here as well as helping build this home with the team.

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I cannot tell you how wonderful it is when it so hot outside and I can sit in the cool of my home drinking cold juice from my new fridge, it’s incredible! Sebastian installing wiring and the solar system. Willi, working on the furniture and floor.

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My dad and MC joined me in Sudan!

It was an incredible journey of faith for the three of us as we trusted God for our VISA’s. The laws in South Sudan suddenly changed and my dad and Marie-Claire(MC) had to get VISA’s at the last minute. They managed to get them from the South Sudan Embassy in South Africa in 24 hours! This was truly miraculous and my dad found out that one of the main Sudanese directors there went to his school – Pretoria Boys High! They immediatly made a connection and he helped them and was encouraged by the work that we are doing in his home country. I was amazed how dad and MC got involved in helping me in all my places of ministry. If I was cooking over a fire for the team, they were right there peeling potatoes. If I was teaching at the Secondary School or in the Kindergarten they were getting involved with marking exam papers or playing with the children. When I was running Bible Studies they were there taking part in leading worship and also helping me lead the studies. When I lived in a tent, they too lived in a tent, showered in the bush and tried to use the very simple longdrops here. My dad also had the privilege to preach in the African Inland Church(AIC) here in Ohilang. The people in Ohilang were so thrilled that my parents had come as well as the team with the container that they sent us a gift of a goat! It was slaughtered that day and we had delicious meat to eat for the next couple of days. On their return to South Africa both my dad and MC battled with their health and I am thankful that they are now recovering. I was truly thankful for the sacrifces they made and was blessed by their visit.

The BIG move!

It has not been easy for me to pack up and leave the place I have lived in for 5 years. The final closing day of the Secondary School was hard as they asked me to lead the song “Jabulani“ for the last time! I was very glad that Maggi was there and she will be taking over some of the lessons there and that encouraged all of us as a staff. Maggi also joined me in the last bible study groups that I have been having every week. We decided to close the young boys Bible study as they are becoming young men and can be discipled by people like Joshua in the Secondary school. Maggi decided she wanted to take over the ladies Bible study with a focus on helping the young women, mothers and wives. She will continue to run them in the home of one of woman that been a faithful member of the group, Deborah. It was wonderful to participate in the closing ceremony for the Primary school and Kindergarten and many of our students progressed very well and have been promoted to the first class in the Primary school for next year. One oft he little girls “iJeni“ who I helped deliver in the clinic a number of years ago is top of her class together with her brother Ohide as seen in the picture below with their father Alberto. I will still continue to be involved in overseeing the staff of the Kindergarten once a week next year as well as visiting the DIGUNA team and missionaries for our regular prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 4pm at the Matusiks home. I would like to wish you a blessed Christmas and an exciting 2012! Thanks!”

The December team

This Christmas and New Year we have a wonderful team of people from all different parts of the world. Our main focus will be building the local church here in Ohilang with local materials. Some of the young men will do a survey trip through the mountains to explore and visit villages that have not been reached. We will also be doing a small outreach to Mora Lopit. So pray for us that we will be able to reach many souls for Jesus this Christmas.!

NEWS – October 2011

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

The Container for Ohilang

We have had to face many challenges concerning the container. The first was that the exemption papers we had applied for with the African Inland Church were rejected by the South Sudan governement and we were told we have to pay whatever the customs office at the border requires us to pay. Please pray with us for God’s grace, that the border officials will not charge us huge amounts of money. We are really trusting God for a miracle. Daniel and Clayton have gone ahead of the container and have safely arrived in Lokichoggio, the border town in Kenya. Pray for them as they prepare the vehicle and arrange to drive it into Sudan to pick up church pastors that will help with negotiations at the border. Pray that they will build good positive connections at the border.

Siggi, Basti, Willi and other the DIGUNA men serving at our Nairobi base have done a great job in repairing the truck. Praise God the truck passed the road inspection. This enables them to drive it legally in Kenya and into Sudan. They were also able to load the container successfully onto the truck and have been loading it this last week. Please pray for road safety as they travel.

Pray too that while they travel, God will give them opportunities to share about Jesus as people ask questions about the colourful bible stories painted on the container.

Time in Germany

It has been a very special time in Germany with different church families and the Bezold familiy. I also had to have two small operations, one was on my forehead and another a lump on my chest. Thank God the results came back negative for cancer. The doctor discovered that the lump on my chest was caused by a mosquito bite in the muscle. It was very painful but I am thankful it was successfully removed and my wounds have healed really well and you can hardly see that I had surgery!
I was also blessed by many supporters that helped me buy more Kindergarten equipment and Bible story books that can be used by the new Kindergarten in Mura Lopit. I even received really nice toys and cars from a Turkish family in Germany for the children in Sudan.
One of my highlights was the opportunity to attend a weeks training that will help me in leading teams. It is called a SYIS(Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills) Workshop. It was highly recommended that I attend this training if I was going to lead further team in Sudan. It was an excellent workshop and leaders and missionaries from 15 different mission organisations across the world participated. I learnt many skills from experienced missionaries and leaders and I am excited to apply them in future. It was a refreshing time.

New laws in South Sudan have caused a massive increase in costs!

There are two major changes. Firstly, the VISA cost for one year is now 400 US dollars! Volunteers also have increased VISA costs. As you will read here above.
Secondly, we can no longer fly directly to our destination. We have to now fly through Juba first, this increases flight and accomodaiton costs.

We cannot lose heart!


This weekend as I was trying to email and write my news update my computers screen went white and then black and for a full 12 hours refused to work. This was the last straw for me and I sent an sms to friends around the world to please pray as I really felt I was under spiritual attack. I find things go unusually wrong all at the same time a few days before I plan to return to Sudan. I even laid hands on my computer and asked Jesus to please fix it! My flight to Kenya was the next day. I was then encouraged. Within an hour of me sending sms’s suddenly my screen came back to life! It now has a kind of red frame as you will see in the picture – a reminder that there is power, power wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb! Thankfully I was able to write this news update and get it emailed. I am trusting God to provide a solution to get my computer fully fixed as it vital for communications in Sudan. So please pray.

NEWS – September 2011

“For you formed my inward parts…your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me.” (Psalm 139:13a,16)

Babyboom in Lopit!

Baby Carol

Baby Tim

Baby Toriana

This last month a lot of babies have been born and when we worked out nine months back we realized it was around the time of the referendum when everyone was voting for independence and were celebrating. What was very special is that each of us has built good relationships with different Lopit people who wanted their baby named after each member of our team. So we now have a baby Carol, Tim, Clay and Toriana (my Lopit name which means flower).
Another special story is about “Sunday“ our cook from the Kindergarten. She had tragic complications in her previous birth and lost her first baby and in the process became incontinant. Thank the Lord my aunt Alison in Australia connected with Mark and his team from the Hamlin Fistula Centre in Ethiopia and they helped us together with the AIC church leaders to get her to Ethiopia. She had successful operations and was healed. She was told to wait 2 years before trying again to have a baby, but she fell pregnant after a year. When I emailed the doctors in Ethiopia they said she had to have a cecerian. We decided with the clinical officer Victor and the Sudanese midwives working in our area that the best would be for her to be examined in Torit. The doctors and nurses where very good at the maternity ward there and told us she had to come at least one month before the due date. We were able to drive her there with family members a month before and we prayed together and trusted God for the best. Victor our clinical officer in our area came to check on her from time to time when he was in Torit. The good news is she had a successful cecerian and has a healthy baby boy. His first name she named him „Obula“ which means cut out of the stomach! The second name is Victor which is after our clinic officer that helped her so much.

An anxious time ... which turned to joy

Developments in Ohilang

Airstrip in progress

Building in progress

It has been a full time for the team and despite all the good rains we have had they have been able to successfully complete most projects. The poles and barbed wire for the fence was successfully completed around the whole property. Our plan for the airstrip was to make sure we worked on it together with the community. They needed to be in their gardens for a lot of the time so we were not able to complete it all but there has been good progress as you will see in the picture above.

Luxury shower


Jon from AIMAIR also helped us with contructing water containers with shower heads. So now we have two showers with the best views in the world! They are a bit tricky to fill each time but they were a joy for us all. In addition to that the team was able to build a kitchen hut and a pyot which we can use for meetings, bible studies and dinner times and it was extremely useful especially with all the rains.

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Out of relationships come ministry opportunities

Soccer time


Tim preaching

Both Clay and Tim have had opportunities to preach and have brought challenging messages to the Ohilang congregation. Tim was able to have some time playing soccer with the children and that too brought many young boys to the Sunday school the Sunday after the soccer matches. We were also able to show the Moses film we made last year in Iboni and many came to watch it and we took the time to present the gospel to them. A new African Inland Church is forming there and it was a privilege to be able to show the film in this new church built under trees.

Film time

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Tim will be returning to Germany and Carol will be returning to South Africa as their time they committed to serve with us is over. We will miss them and we trust God for how he unfolds their futures. I have to return to Nairobi for the DIGUNA mission’s conference and then to Germany as the government requires me to return within a 6 month period. All my weekends are already booked to speak in various churches in Germany and I look forward to seeing you all. I will also be working on printing the Lopit Alphabet books that we have put together with the help of Russ from AIM, community and school heads, and language helpers. During this time Clay will help Dr. Eva in different parts of Kenya.

God willing Siggi, Basti, Daniel and Clay will be returning to Ohilang Sudan with my container house at the end of October. Please pray for the processing of the government papers and for Siggi who is still servicing the truck and for the truck’s inspection before they travel.

We know that our family members and churches pray for us often and we really want to thank you for being part of our team. Many on the team were sick with either malaria, sinus or respiratory infections or stomach problems and we are all well now. Thank you Lord. We have also travelled a lot on the roads the last months through really bad weather and slippery roads and we are thankful that we were protected from harm and that the car is still running which is a miracle.

September Praise

  • Praise God he pulled the team through various sickness like malaria, respiratory infections and colds.
  • Thank Him for keeping us safe on the roads and in our tents through big storms.
  • Praise Him for the ministry done in Ohilang and Iboni and pray that the seeds sown will grow in their hearts.
  • Thank the Lord for the team that helped us start the developments for this project.
  • NEWS – August 2011

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart….

    ….and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
    (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    The Ohilang team

    God has worked in incredible ways in forming our team. We have Clayton from American who is with us for two years. We then have Tim from Germany who comes from my church in Germany and was in Martin’s Sunday school years ago. We then have Mark Otwari who was born in Ohilang, trained as a Bible Student in Ye, is married to one wife Ifara with their little girl Esther. He has been an incredible member of our team and is our AIC representative. Then we have Bethlehem and Ichayo from pastor Beda’s family who are our cooks and helpers. Carol and I help them manage the kitchen. Lastly we have Martin an older man who has been faithful in helping us and has become our watchman and a good friend of my dog Samson.
    During the day they have spent the time building the fence around our property together with the elders of the AIC and members of the community. They have also put a lot of energy in clearing the airstrip. In the evenings they spend time in the village visiting people and building relationships.
    There have been a number of details with the container house in coming into Sudan so we have been living in tents these weeks and have a small palm leave thatched kitchen.

    The Container house

    I thank God for all the people, carpenters and painters that have helped me to complete the container house in Nairobi while I have been in Sudan. It has been ready for about a month now but a number of things have delayed it coming into Sudan.
    Firstly we were informed by my leader David from DIGUNA that the two trucks that would have been used to bring my container house into Sudan this month needed to be used to bring food to the starving people in the drought areas of Kenya. We fully supported this decision as we felt starving people were more important and we were happy to wait for God’s timing.
    Secondly during the food distribution runs the truck that was planned to bring the container house into Sudan broke down and now needs serious repairs before it comes to Sudan.
    Thirdly the main road from the Kenya border into Sudan is not safe to drive at the moment and there have been reports of more violence around the Camp 15 area along the route to Ohilang. So we have to wait and pray.
    Lastly we just heard this week that there is a slight hitch in the processing of the Government exemption papers for the container coming into Sudan and it will take about a month to clear.
    So we really need your prayers that God would make a way for it to come into Sudan safely. Please pray for us as we trust in Him and not on our own understanding.

    The registration of the AIC Mura Lopit Pre-primary School

    This month we have also spent time helping the AIC Mura Lopit Pre-primary School to set up and to be registered with the government. It has been a joyous and exciting time for us as we set up all the equipment and 43 children were registered by their parents. The school was officially opened on the 12 August. The three teachers that Carol trained have done exceptionally well and the three government inspectors we very impressed with the school and agreed to register our school on the 25th August 2011. It was very rewarding for us all.

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    God works in wonderful ways

    Before we left for our mission to Mura Lopit I received an email from a retired missionary from AIM who used to work in these Lopit Mountains during the 50’s.

    “Dear Cath,
    I felt I must write to you because I am rejoicing that you have made contact with people in Mura Lopit. We had quite a bit of contact with those people in the 50s. I cared for an orphaned baby until he was about 9 months old and from time to time after that. He was named Benjamin Lekoi. He had a sister by name of Itwari. She also cared for him since his mother had died when he was born. I had a few contacts with him when he was a bit older and once when he was fully grown and we had moved to Juba. He came to see me there. But I could never talk to him much about spiritual things. He just didn’t seem to understand Otuho and his language was quite different. I have prayed for him for many years….Love, Martha”

    Well you won’t believe it but God made a way for me to meet him while we were in Mura Lopit and as I can speak more Mura Lopit, I was able to present the gospel to him. At that point he decided to make a commitment to Jesus Christ and together with pastor Julius from the AIC there we prayed with him. We were thrilled to share this great news with Martha and this was her response:

    “Thanks so much Cath for your message about Benjamin. I can hardly believe it as I have prayed for him for so long and I nearly gave up. But when I heard you were going to Mura lopit, I began to have hope again. So he heard the message and believed!!!!I do thank you so much for finding him and telling him about Jesus. Give him my greetings and tell him I am so glad he has believed. Thank Julius too for his part. It is surely a wonderful answer to prayer.
    Lots of love in Jesus, Martha”

    God takes care of everything!

    During this month we also had to make a visit to Torit to get my tyres repaired and to get a few supplies for our work in Ohilang. It was wonderful for us to stay with our missionary friends Russ and Lyn Noble and we had a good time with them. While we were there it was around 10p.m and we were all watching a movie when Clayton went to the long drop and by mistake dropped my keys down the this long sticky pit. When he came to give me this news, thankfully I was in good spirits and I said with God’s help we could get them out. It was very challenging for Clay. We both equipped ourselves with rubber gloves and I stood with a blocked nose, a flash light and a lot of prayers! Tim stood by with a camera while Russ helped Clay cut the bamboo pole and put a nail in it to get the key out. After an hour and a half praise God we managed to get it out. This whole episode reminded Russ of an incident long time ago when his missionary house mate felt their long drop smelt really bad and he went to put a match down the, long drop to improve the situation. Russ said shortly after that there was a big explosion and his friend came back with his hair all blown back saying that that was incredible! Long drops are pretty explosive if you ask me!!!

    AUGUST PRAISE

  • Praise God for protecting us in all our travels this month
  • Thank Him for the salvation of Benjamin Yekoi and pray for his growth in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Praise Him for the fellowship and work done in Ohilang
  • Thank the Lord for the successful opening of the AIC Mura Lopit Pre-primary School and for the government registration.
  • NEWS – July 2011

    But we have this treasure in jars of clay…..

    “… to show the surpassing power belongs to God and not us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

    The 9th of July was Independence Day in South Sudan and they sang their national anthem with all their hearts ending with the words, “Oh God bless South Sudan!’ Thank the Lord that our part of Sudan was peaceful, God was praised in many speeches we had that day as we celebrated with all the people and school students. During this time we have had various encounters with political leaders and it has been a privilege to meet them and celebrate their independence together with them. On one occasion we met the commissioner of this area and we presented him with our South African flag and he was touched. We even were able to pray together at the end of one of his speeches.

    The Kindergarten training was successfully completed!

    We praise God that He gave Carol strength after recovering from malaria to complete the teachers training. The teachers had a lot of fun and learnt many skills. They were presented with certificates this week, we also had our first male teacher being trained and he also did extremely well.

    We trained people from three different areas of the Lopit Mountains and will be helping them set up their Kindergartens in their areas over the next month. So please pray for that with us.

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    A special story!

    When we went to visit Mora Lopit where one of the Kindergartens will be starting. We met a man by the name of Daniel. He is blind but makes the most beautiful palm leaf mats. We were told that he preached to many people that came to visit him and we asked him how he managed this if he couldn’t read. He had memorized sermons he had heard and retold them. God had blessed us over the years with a wind up tape recorder and bible story tapes and we felt led by God to give it to him as a gift. It was wonderful for us to see his joy as he heard each Bible story from the wind up radio.

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    JULY PRAISE

  • Thank God for peace during Independence Day in this part and other parts of South Sudan.
  • Praise the Lord for good encounters with various political leaders this month..
  • Thank Him that the Kindergarten training was successfully completed..
  • Praise Him for the good visit we had with one of our DIGUNA leaders David..
  • Thank Him for the rains we have had and for safe travels on the roads..
  • NEWS – June 2011

    I will build my church

    “….on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18b)

    One of the AIC (African Inland Church) bible students read this verse last weekend in Ohilang before Klero preached. The whole village of Ohilang is built on one big rock and the church is built at the entrance to this village. It was very encouraging for me this month.

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    Samson my dog has found himself a job. On week days he joins the Sohot community on their farms and helps chase monkeys and animals away. On weekend he joins us in Ohilang, sleeps outside our tents and keeps us safe from wild dogs, leopards, cows and even a vulture! We have lived in tents through heat and rain on the piece of land the men leaders of Ohilang have given to the AIC for me to use. We have had many visitors and we have helped the local community on their farms.

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    On one of the weekends a man came to visit Victor, a clinical officer who is helping me in this ministry. Victor who is wearing a blue shirt and cap is a Christian and can speak really good English, Lopit, Lotuho and Arabic. This man had bad stomach pains and Victor was able to identify a plant he had learnt about in his training on our land that could successfully treat this man’s problem. We prayed for him and sent him home with the recipe of how to prepare the plant for medicine. The next week when I saw him his stomach pain was gone and he was smiling!

    School is registered

    About three years ago Jeni Profitt joined me in the venture of starting a Kindergarten in this part of Sudan. We prepared the classrooms and Jeni brought the resources for it to start. She then did one month’s training with the teachers. On the final day of her training we had a special ceremony where Jeni planted a small Neem tree in the Kindergarten gardens as symbol of her prayer and hope that it would grow like the Neem tree.
    This last month all the head teachers of the schools were called to Torit for a large meeting with the Sudan’s government department of Education. At this meeting I was presently surprised to be handed a government book with our school name and registration number 10001! Praise the Lord! We can now pray that the government will soon have a budget for their salaries.
    Carol, Jeni’s daughter has come from South Africa to help me train more teachers for the Kindergarten, as we have had a request from a community in another part of the Lopit mountains. We decided that Carol would train half the time and the teachers we have already trained, train the new teachers. We are finding it very successful. Below is a picture of Carol, the existing teachers and new teachers being trained under the tree that her mum planted three years ago!

    For a laugh and a cry

    Carol and I have also been involved in helping teach at the Secondary school as well as running the bible study groups every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The boys group is now in the book of Judges and the women’s group has done some of Luke and we are working through the life of Moses. The room is often so packed that people have to stand. One evening I let what I thought were three young girls into the women’s bible study. About half way through the bible study some girls alerted me to the fact that there were three boys with us. When I realized that they were the boys from the boys bible study group and asked them to stand, we saw their skirts and we all packed out laughing! Then I thought imagine if young boys all over the world were so desperate to hear the Word of God that they would even dress up as girls to go to a women’s bible study group!
    This next story did bring tears to my eyes and perhaps it will for you. One of the bible students whose wife Susanna was pregnant had a little baby boy on the 21st June. When I arrived on the weekend they asked me what should we name him? I asked them what they wanted to name him and they said after much discussion after my late husband Martin who they called Adongi(this means mountain). So I was so pleased this last Sunday to be able to hold little Martin Adongi and prayed blessings on him and praised God for this new life!

    June Praise

  • Thank God for my car that has worked incredibly well this whole month and has helped us in all our ministries.
  • Praise the Lord for the growth and development we see in the Secondary school and the Kindergarten.
  • Thank him for the amazing rains we have had that have helped all the people during this planting season and have kept out water tanks full!
  • NEWS – May 2011

    God lives in us

    “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
    (1 John 4:12)

    Cath with villagers

    It’s good to be back

    When we flew into Sudan it was raining. People told us it had not been raining for a week and they were very happy to see Carol and myself and said that we had brought the rain with us and that it was a sign of blessing. I reminded them as I walked along the path that Jesus had brought the rain for us and we should thank Him. We were given a warm welcome from the Matusik family, the schools, the church, the Sohot village and even my dog Samson. He danced around in circles when he saw me and he looks well. Many school children helped carry our food supplies up the mountain and I rewarded them with pens. A church family in Fish Hoek, Cape Town South Africa spent the last months buying cake that Milly and her mission team baked and sold to raise money to buy pens. With the money they raised I have enough pens for school students for the rest of the year!

    God knows all things

    When Stephan was fixing my car a month ago month ago, he had suggested one of my CV joints needed replacing. This information was passed onto Horst in the DIGUNA base in Germany. Horst tried to work out what was needed and took a part from an old axel that he found and fixed it up and sent it with me when I left Germany. In my journey to Kenya I passed South Africa for my best friends wedding. Her father Hannes looked at the email and explained to me that what I had brought was a free-wheel-hub lock and not a CV joint. In the process of researching I ran out of time and flew to Kenya with the free-wheel-hub lock thinking I had the wrong car part. Well when Stephan opened up the wheel he found that the free-wheel-hub was destroyed and the CV joint was fine. God knew from the beginning what I needed and provided. This meant a lot to me as I am still learning the difference between CV joints, hub locks and other things. It’s not all about just changing the oil! It’s good when we trust God in the things we do not understand, and He provides.

    The Container House

    Many hands make light work

    Many hands make light work

    From the DIGUNA Nairobi base I have had a wonderful team of people helping with the container house and am grateful to all of them. I would also like to thank all those that contributed financially which enabled me to buy all the solar equipment, which amounted to 3500 Euro. I am still trusting God for His provision for the transportation of the Container house hopefully July or August. After Willi left, Jan and Johnny as well as Basti and Moses have continued to work on it and will finish it God willing mid July to the end of August. Please pray for me and for Klero as we prepare Exemption papers with the Sudanese government to bring it into Sudan. Please also pray for the safety of the roads and that they will be open and free to drive the container to Ohilang.

    God is providing for the future

    These hands make delicious stuff

    I praise God for his provision in bringing Carol safely to Kenya and Sudan to help me with the Kindergarten. God provided her passport that had gone missing in the processing as well as a VISA and all the finances that she needed to join me for these months. We spent the weekend baking crunchies and muesli for Sudan. Jan and Johnny also returned with me but will be working with the Matusik family. I am also very excited that, after much prayer, Daniel Zobel has decided to join my new project in Ohilang together with Clayton who is raising support in America at this time.

    NEWS – April 2011

    The Container house project begins!

    But thanks be to GOD who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    “Therefore my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

    Muscle power

    The magic begins

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    Praise the Lord the container that I was waiting for from Germany finally arrived and all it’s contents were distributed to various DIGUNA stations and projects. Then began the big task of off loading the container outside the workshop for Willi and his team began. Then Daniel helped cutting the doors and windows out.
    During this time I was in Germany and Austria speaking in churches and organisations about my work in Sudan. I shared about my new project in Ohilang, and specifically about the container house that we are preparing for me to use when I live in Ohilang.
    I was told I would need to raise about 5000 Euro for it to be converted into an equipped house, plus 2500 Euro for transporting it to Sudan. Praise God He led many people in Germany to help contribute and about 4500 Euro’s was given. Thank you for everyone’s prayer and support.

    Jesus has the victory!

    This last April month was also a time to remember the life and death of Martin who died two years ago. It was good to be with the Bezold family to remember the good times we had with him. I spoke in various churches about the work in Sudan and my testimony included what we lived through when Martin had cancer and how God carried him and then comforted me. I was reminded again in a church in Bremen that death has no victory or sting because Jesus is the victor over death. I had a lot of joy this month thinking again how free from cancer Martin is and how happy he must be in heaven because he had such a wonderful relationship with Jesus. At the same time I have joy that the life he lived continues to be a testimony and that I have been able to continue the work the Lord has set before me in Sudan.

    Moving forward

    In the next weeks I will be in Kenya organising supplies for the container house and painting it. I am grateful for Jan and Johnny who have been living in my Sudan house during this time. I had prepared all the lessons and exams for Jan and Johnny to do for me. From what I have heard they have done a great job in continuing the work while I have been away. The Primary school in Sudan has closed for school holidays and the Secondary school is writing its exams and will also be having their school holidays soon. Therefore it made good sense to remain in Kenya for this time preparing things for the container house. I am very grateful for Willi who has worked hard on this project and for the support of his wife Maggi.

    A Wedding!

    Helper

    Joy

    I had the joy and privilege of being part of the wedding of my very good friend. We have prayed together for many years for God to provide us with a marriage partner who loves the Lord. God heard our prayers and Maria is now the wife of a wonderful godly man named Justin Hill.

    Thank you, as always, for your prayers and support.

    APRIL – Praise

  • Thank God for the safe arrival of the container
  • Praise Him for Willi who has volunteered to help build the container house.
  • Praise Him for his protection during all my travels to various churches
  • Thank Him for the overwhelming support I received from various people and churches for this new project.
  • Praise Him that I remained healthy and clear of malaria during this time.
  • NEWS – March 2011

    The day we arrived baby Esther was born

    It was a very special day as we landed and were welcomed back by our Lopit friends. This day was also the day that a little baby girl was born. Both parents were very happy and Pattie, Maggi and I were invited to the naming of this little girl five days after her birth. We were all asked what name we should give her and all of us felt a bible name – specifically we all felt strongly about the name Esther.

    Visitors

    This month has also been full with lots of visitors. I enjoyed having Maggi and Willi and they are praying about joining the work in Sudan. We also had Dr. David and his team working with the Matusik family, reaching out to various villages. Last but not least Jan and Johnny from Germany have joined us. They are a great blessing to our ministry, specifically they are helping me with teaching in the Secondary school and have also started music and trumpet lessons.

    Willie and Maggie – please pray for them

    Trumphing up a storm – beautiful fun

    Answers to prayer and things to pray for!

    Health
    Thank God we all remained  healthy this month, please continue to pray!
    Safety
    God kept the men and car safe when they drove it back into Sudan.
    Protection
    The Lord kept us during an accident. The motorcycle man and the car are fine!

    God works all things to the good of those who love Him

    It had been a sleepless night for most of us as someone from the neighboring village had passed away. The people had drummed and danced all night. In the morning as we were visiting some friends we came across Teddie who had been speared in the face, accidently by a drunk man. Maggi and I ran to help him. We cleaned his wound together and tried to stop the bleeding but too many veins had been cut and it was very difficult. I stayed with Teddie as Maggi ran to fetch help from a clinical officer named Victor. As he arrived he asked if I could be his assistant. My first thought was no way! I had already battled with the sight of blood and was feeling like I was going to faint. I prayed and God helped me to help him. After about an hour he had sown all the veins and face together again. I thank God for the skills he gave Victor.  After a couple of days Teddie came to visit me as you see in the picture on the left and he is doing much better.
    In the midst of this chaos, the rainmaker Michael came and asked me if he could watch the Moses and Jesus film. I did not have a lot of solar power to show the film so I let him watch the film on my ipod!

    Rainmaker and listening to my iPod

    Victor, a clinical officer, came to the rescue

    Healing well - praise God

    Samson

    Was really well looked after by my neighbors in Sohot village
    I was really amazed how the community had taken care of him while I was away during the referendum. They fed him milk from their cows and even took him hunting! They told me he has become a very good dog to take with them for hunting. So I am very glad that Samson who is not so little anymore has become a help to the community and they all like him very much.

    One of Samson's loving friends

    NEWS – February 2011

    What is happening in South Sudan?

    According to the Cape Times on the 8th Feb 2011 this is what was reported:

    “South Sudan voted overwhelmingly to declare independence in final results of a referendum announced yesterday, paving the way for Africa’s newest state…Hundreds of southern Sudanese danced and waved flags as the announcement was broadcast on a line of TV sets in a square in the centre of the Southern capital, Juba…Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said he accepted the results because they represented the will of the southern people.”

    What does all this mean?

    This means that South Sudan will become its own country and they are in the process of forming their constitution, government, flag and national anthem.

    When is Cath returning?

    I together with my team will be returning to Lohutok, South Sudan on the 28th Feb. Some of my team will be flying with me and the rest of the team will be travelling with my car from Nairobi, Kenya in the first week of March. Please pray for our safe travels on the roads and crossing the borders.

    How is Cath’s health and what has she been up to?

    My health has remained good and I have had a great time with my gran, family and friends. My gran has recovered incredibly well from her illnesses last year and I joined her in her bi-weekly gym class even though she will  soon to be 87 years old!

    My gran and I

    This month has been a successful time of report backs in my church and with various prayer and financial supporters. God gave me strength to speak in all 3 services at Meadowridge Baptist Church and it was wonderful to be prayed for by the pastors and elders of the church as they prayed for Gods protection, good health and blessing for my continued work in Sudan.

    I also received my results of my theological studies that I completed in January. For my last four assignments I received 80% and together with the other six assignments I did last year, it gave me an overall result of 75%, which was a miracle considering my health condition.

    A praise and a good laugh!

    While I in South Africa I decided to apply for a certificate that would allow me to have a German passport as well as keep my South African passport from the Department of Home Affairs. The good news is they awarded me with this certificate three days before I was due to leave South Africa but the funny thing was the name on the certificate was Catherine Anne Bezolo! This has a good African ring to it but it is not my name. I prayed and hoped that they would be able to issue me with a new certificate straight away. When I went to ask for a new one, they said they would try. I waited at the Department of Home Affairs and prayed.  Praise God within ten minutes they issued me with a new certificate with my proper name Catherine Anne Bezold!

    In Cape Town the temperatures reached between 35-40 degrees C! So it was wonderful to run under the water sprinklers with my niece and nephew, Rebekah and Michael. When we enter Sudan it will be their dry season and the hottest time with the temperatures mostly in the 40’s.  We do not have cool water sprinklers to keep us cool in the heat. So pray for us.

    Catherine and Rebekah and Michael cooling off at the pool

    I thank God for all the good times I had with family, friends and churches and would appreciate your continued prayers as we re-enter Sudan at this time.

    God bless