Iris South Sudan is now ALSO in Uganda! Although we have physically been transplanted to our new nation of Uganda for now, our hearts still burn for South Sudan. Right now there are almost 400,000 South Sudanese refugees living in the border towns of northern Uganda, and the number grows daily by 2,800 according to the latest UN reports. The largest refugee camp in the world is Bidi Bidi Camp, which is six hours north of us. This is our mission field. Right now there are a few million South Sudanese living in war torn South Sudan with little or no hope for a future. This is our mission field. Right now there are a few million Ugandans living in Uganda who don’t know Jesus. This is our mission field. And right now there are 115 Iris children living with us in Luwero, Uganda. This is our mission field!
So, now what do we do? We live with our 115 children and we disciple them. They are every age and need mentors for every age. They are our immediate and closest mission field. Right now our team is very small, just two missionaries. We lost most of our team after we came out of the trauma of war so we are starting over again. Once we have a solid team in place we will travel regularly to the refugee camps in Northern Uganda to minister to our family there. All of our townspeople from Yei, South Sudan now live in these camps so we have an open door to come and pitch our tents. We also have a huge heart to partner somehow to build a small medical clinic in the Rhino Refugee Camp. There is no medical care for ten miles and no one has any money or vehicles to get there. We were told by the camp leader that children are dying every day because they can’t get medicine.
We are also investigating the option of relocating to Arua, Uganda which is very near to the camps. Arua is an airplane flight away from our base in Yei, South Sudan where we still plan to have ongoing ministry for those who are still there. Our pastor continues to minister in Yei and is seeing revival in the midst of war. We also have works in the north in Aweil South Sudan. Again, once we get a team built up we will continue to minister in these places as long as it is safe to do so. It is our hope and our plan to one day move back to South Sudan. We are waiting, like everyone else, for peace to come and for the country to be a safe place to once again raise our children. This may not happen for two or three years. Until then, we do what we can for whomever we can, one by one.