Monday, November 29, 2010

On our way

We all got up early in the morning (5:15 AM) and packed up our stuff on the bus and left for Juba. It was dark as we have been living in a world with no lights. It looked like an ant colony with torches (flashlights). Due to the chaos it was less emotional and for those of us trying to act like we are tough guys, that was just fine.

As the pastor there is some chance I will see these people again but as for the rest of our team it is less secure. It is hard to be in such close relationship with people and walk away for good. Your heart does not want to accept it but your head reminds you of the reality. We just have to put all of this in God's hands and hope that some day we will all meet up again under that great Mango Tree in the sky and share a cup of tea with a plate of beans and rice.

I already miss it.

Juba, here we come! Sioux Falls here we come! Beds, showers and toilets with plumbing fixtures, HERE WE COME!

From the mobile handheld of Doug Bartel


  1. :) if this was a Facebook status I would *like* it. You all did good, real good. And so glad everyone stayed safe, even in the outhouses.
    God is good. All the time.

  2. Isn't it amazing how God binds out hearts together! I'm sure you will be missed - and God will use this experience on both sides of the globe to make a difference in the lives of His people and in lives of people who will become His people! Safe travels - praying for you all!