Submitted by Beverly Nolte
Originally scheduled for December 19, 2020, Pastor Aaron Limmo and Maya Dinga were prepared to travel to South Sudan to purchase humanitarian items for those affected by the Indian Ocean Dipole floods in 2019. Word from South Sudan two days prior to departure told of in-fighting among tribal groups in Mabaan County where they were to visit. The decision to postpone the trip was made.
Now, after indications of stability and peace efforts, the men have rescheduled their trip from May 1 - 16, 2021. Their plan is to fly into Juba, South Sudan with a flight to Bunj. Having all their vaccinations they are applying again for a South Sudan visa. In their homeland family, friends and villagers eagerly await their return with plans to assist in purchases and distribution of tents, tarps, food, tools, seeds and medications.
Iowa fundraising efforts as of April 1, 2021 are $27,000 and will be sent through Dahabshiil, an East African Money Transfer Company. Upon arrival Limmo and Dinga will receive the funds to buy the priority items most needed.
We are excited about their travel and ask for prayers as the two Mabaan men work through all the travel logistics, stay well and test negative on the COVID-19 test. Your prayers are welcome as they plan their journey, anticipate safe flights, expect succinct plans for in-country purchases and distribution methods, as well as, safety and celebrations with their many country friends.