Chris Ball recently flew a MAF plane full of influential cargo to Longochuk, South Sudan, for Christian Mission Aid (CMA). He landed in Longochuk without any problems – an airstrip which isn’t very visible from the air, and rough upon landing, the surface being uneven with lots of ruts in a swampy area.
CMA staff were thrilled to see Chris and the cargo, despite the fact that the community was dealing with some tense political stuff and CMA was considering an evacuation, yet again, for their staff. John and Simon, two CMA nurse practitioners from Kenya, were the first to meet the plane. They unloaded the plane, box after box after box. While chatting, Chris discovered the boxes contained vaccines in powdered form. The CMA staff add water to create the necessary vaccines when required. Other boxes contained loads of medication and other supplies for the clinic.
As Chris looked around he couldn’t see any vehicles in sight. It turned out there are literally no vehicles in this community. So the next question clearly was, “How close is the clinic?”
“Oh, just ten kilometers,” they grinned as they picked up the boxes and started carrying them on foot. John and Simon explained they had a new CMA clinic, but it was not functional. They literally couldn’t treat any patients at the clinic because there were no medical supplies to treat the patients with.
Chris watched as a handful of committed CMA workers, and a bunch of community members, happily carried off 200 kilograms of supplies more than ten kilometers by foot to open their clinic. Without fanfare, or fancy opening ceremonies, it was a humbling sight.
Praise God for the invaluable vaccines, medications and clinic supplies, facilitating the opening of a new medical clinic in South Sudan.