Needing a visit to an Eye Doctor – can her sight be saved?

Praying with Nighty in Palabek camp

Last month I was able to visit Palabek camp in Northern Uganda. It was great to meet Nighty, mum of Komakech who had just completed his A Levels in Kampala.  Nighty is partially sighted. She can see a tiny bit out of one eye. I asked her if she could see me and she said, “You look like a tree.”  I asked if I could hold her hands and pray with her and she said yes.  Then Benja took this photo.  The crushed maize she was giving to her little toddler Okan Marcello.  He was born in the bush in April 2017 as Nighty was running with her family from her home town of Pajok in South Sudan after it was attacked by troops wearing Government uniforms.  I told her story to our church last Sunday in St Helens and said that Nighty needed to see an eye doctor to find out if anything could be done to save her sight.  People have been generous in donations so there is enough money to get her and a companion to Kampala to have an appointment with an eye specialist.  The goal at this stage is simply to see if Nighty can be prevented from going blind and if anything can be done to give her more sight.

Photos from the Ben Nevis walk

It was a gorgeous sunny day and Ben Nevis appeared to have a smattering of cloud as we approached Fort William.

It was really warm climbing out of Glen Nevis

In this picture, can you see other walkers far below?

At the summit we had not just mist but fog, with a steady damp breeze – you really needed your wet weather gear.

Our dog Ollie was our star of the day – not forgetting some Amputees who were walking just behind us up the mountain – incredible!

A long descent – quite a relief but it does take its toll on the knees!

Eventually the mist clears and you can see the valley once more.

Really tired but happy to have achieved the summit!  Donations kept on trickling in even after we reached home, which has been so encouraging.

Driving back to the campsite, this view of the evening sun was a real tonic.

And dear Ollie finally showed that he was tired too!

Thanks again everyone for your amazing support – thanks to you we raised just over £3,000 before Giftaid. 🙂

A Walk up Ben Nevis for Komakech and others

Gill and Nigel (and Ollie the dog!) are walking up Ben Nevis this September for South Sudanese Refugees sponsored by AREP who are studying in Uganda.  Komakech Joseph is now in Year 13 at Seeta High School.  He is due to take his A Level Exams in Chemistry, Biology and Maths this November.  His dream is to become a doctor.  He is the only one in his family to go to school.  The others in his family are in Palabek Refugee Camp, having fled there last year from their home town of Pajok.  Scovia and Lovemore, two other sponsored A Level students are in Year 12.  The money we raise will be used for school fees for students we sponsor who don’t yet have full funding for this September term.

Please sponsor us.  Use this link: https://www.give.net/bennevis2018

Thank-you so much!

Refugee Week Post Number 3

Will this hug mean anything? Riek Machar and Salvar Kiir met yesterday in Addis Ababa for the first time in 2 years. These two key leaders of South Sudan know they must be reconciled in order to bring an end to the devastating civil war which has soaked the region in blood and despair. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” Matthew 5:9 (The Mesage translation). I for one am praying that this awkward hug comes to mean something profound.

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