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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
February 14, 2010 2:36 pm
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[January 21, 2010] We drove today with Pastor Sonlight and Evangelist Peter to see the AIC Jersualem Church which is under construction. Some Christmas gifts from supporters made this construction possible.

We drove by graded dirt road about 30 km, then maybe 5 km on two lane road, then 2 km on a bike path, then 40 min of “footing” a pleasant hike across a shallow river and up a hill to the plateau where the church is being built. It will be a pole, tin roof structure and the walls will be bamboo slats holding local rocks which will be finally filled with mud, more solid than “stick and mud.” The timbers and metal roof are transported from the end of the road, across the river and up the hill on church members’ heads.

This is an in-the-bush church. The leaders have lots of life and enthusiasm and they say there are 80-120 people attending each Sunday where they currently meet under a tree.  Four years ago the church was nonexistent. We came across an elderly woman resting under a mango tree who was visibly frightened of the first white woman she had ever encountered. She would have run away if Sonlight had not reassured her.

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