By Paul Beck

Every Village is behind a transformational ministry across South Sudan. The country’s minimal infrastructure remains a major obstacle though, making the organisation’s partnership with MAF vital. Two key members of Every Village staff explain more.

Blake Mankin – Every Village Advocacy Director

We’re incredibly grateful for the way MAF makes such profound impact in South Sudan possible. Each March, MAF enables us to bring key Every Village supporters to each of our focus areas in the country. This annual trip is designed to analyse our work, and team members provide an assessment on how we can improve in the future. MAF is helping facilitate this trip, allowing our ministry in South Sudan to grow in size and quality.

In addition, MAF flights allow us to visit our water well sites and survey new areas in need of access to clean water. One MAF flight enabled us to meet Garang, where we learned that before a well was in his village, many people had to walk miles to fetch unsafe water. Now, there’s a well right here pumping clean and safe water. MAF flights enable us to continue drilling, surveying, and maintaining water wells, so Garang’s story can be repeated all over the country.

Kerry Henderson – Every Village Country Director

We love MAF and we can sing their praises all day long!

We use MAF on average every two months out of the year. We have projects going on in three areas of South Sudan, involving water, radio and also outreach teams. Since we have so much going on we are always using MAF to get our people to these places. 

Article source: http://www.maf.org.au/news/n/helping-every-village-in-every-way-130531


Story by Paul Beck

Every Village exists to glorify God through the literal transformation of every village in South Sudan. This non-governmental organisation’s goal thus requires access to some very remote locations, which is why their partnership with MAF is both vital and strategic.

Training local believers in church-planting, reaching out through evangelistic broadcasts or showing God’s love through the provision of basics such as water, Every Village is engaged in a truly holistic ministry. Much of that work depends though upon bringing in skilled Christians from overseas, for short or extended periods of service. Particularly in the latter case, these mission workers need a place to stay and Every Village are actively building suitable accommodation for them.

Besides MAF’s logistical support, Pilot Simon Wunderli recently flew for ten hours to collect Andrew, an Every Village volunteer from America who had been overseeing the construction of three houses in Nasir and needed urgent medical attention. Nasir is a particularly challenging location to reach, requiring days of travel on the Nile and Sabot rivers. Road travel is rarely an option most times of the year because of the poor infrastructure or impassable floods during the rainy season. Knowing all that Every Village are involved in across one of the world’s neediest nations, Simon passed the test of endurance and brought the worker to a place where he could get professional medical help. 

Article source: http://www.maf.org.au/news/n/stamina-in-the-air-130531


By Judith Dupuis Paul Beck    

 

A cluster of villages along a tributary of the Nile River, Old Fangak in South Sudan is impossibly remote. Access is by river barge, which must negotiate a complex maze of channels, ponds and tributaries in order to bring supplies to the 35,000 inhabitants. Even then, supplies are only brought in for the few who have cash or anything of worth to trade. With little access to education or medical provision, life in the bush that surrounds Old Fangak centres upon one objective; survival.

In one small village next to the river there is an airstrip which MAF uses to being in medical supplies and workers. The importance of this lifeline is critical. In 2011, the surrounding communities suffered short-lived flooding followed by a period of drought. When the unusually small crops of sorghum came up, an infestation of rats devoured nearly everything, leaving the people in a desperate state. The airstrip is too short for the World Food Programme’s aircraft to land, so in partnership with Medair and the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, MAF flew in food supplements and medicine.

The incidence of snakebite victims and medical evacuations is more prevalent in Old Fangak than anywhere else that MAF aircraft serve in South Sudan. Snakebites are an ugly sight. MAF fly victims to Leer for treatment where Medicins Sans Frontieres operates a surgical hospital. In some cases, lives have only been saved through amputation of the bitten limbs. “I was struck by the stoicism of a nine year-old boy that we flew to Leer for treatment,” begins MAF Pilot Michael Dupuis. “The boy was smiling and in good spirits when he arrived with his mother at the aircraft. He had never been in an airplane before, although I am quite sure that he was one of the many children who greet the aircraft every time we land there. When we were lifting him into the aircraft, this boy’s foot was a putrefied mess of flesh falling off bone.

The blanket that he was carried in was covering this hideous sight from our other passengers and I wish that I had not seen this tragic affliction. Despite knowing that he would be losing part of his leg, he was still a boy excited to go flying and thinking about little else! I have carried several such snakebite victims and also provided a medical evacuation for a young man with a basketball-sized tumour on his knee.

Even one of the doctors serving in Old Fangak has needed to be flown out for medical reasons. Without the aircraft for transportation and without the care of so many dedicated medical teams working for MSF, Medair and Dr. Jill, the possibility for many of these people to physically survive would be nearly impossible,” Michael surmises.

Several other organisations serve the people of Old Fangak. MAF personnel draw strength from the fact that this includes groups like the the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, who are actively involved in evangelistic ministries. Taken together, this combined assistance is bringing hope in a place where it is in particularly short supply. 

  

Article source: http://www.maf.org.au/news/n/new-hope-for-old-fangak-130327


Report by MAF UK’s Adrian Went

I have spent the last few weeks arranging many flights up to the camps near to the northern borders of South Sudan. This a disputed border with Sudan and there have been a number of battles and bombings which have forced thousands of people from their homes.
We carry a lot of staff, medicines, water pumping and building equipment for the organisations that run the camps. In other areas of South Sudan we fly for organisations, such as Christian Mission Aid, who work with local churches on outreach, aid, relief, health and community projects.

Saving time

I was able to join a flight going 280 miles north of Juba to Jaibor taking a team to help with the work there. The staff live amongst the community in the square compound you can see from the picture – to the right of the runway as we landed.

They live far from any town and even a journey of 10 miles to the next village can take many hours. The only ways to reach Jaibor is by air, or by a Nile canoe on the river. The materials to construct their hospital ward, day centre and eye clinic (left to right below) have been flown there by MAF planes.

9 out of 10 would die

The whole area is often infested with sand flies which carry the parasitic disease kala-azar. This principally affects poor, remote communities such as Jaibor where there is limited access to healthcare and affordable drugs. We often carry the medicine to cure patients, when it is available, to various affected areas across South Sudan.

The medicine is expensive, but usually effective, however without treatment nine out of ten patients will die. Christian Mission Aid and other organisations provide this treatment whilst working with local churches are reaching out to people in a practical way and saving lives every day.

Pray

Please pray for the team as we help with the issues faced by those affected by the border conflict in South Sudan and for the safety of our flights as the rainy weather causes further difficulties in the air and on the runways. (We have pulled two planes from muddy parts on runways in the last few weeks!)

Please pray for the continuing safety of the team in Juba; whilst we are a long way from the border fighting we did have an attempted break-in at our compound that was prevented by a soldier living close to us, who fired warning shots, causing the robbers to run off.

Article source: http://www.maf.org.au/news/n/maf-in-the-worlds-newest-nation-120705