|I am excerpting some of the latest Hope for Humanity newsletter. There |
is good news to tell. Please read Suzanne Hicks first-person account
written from South Sudan where she is visiting as Executive Director of
Hope for Humanity to support the school’s re-opening after the tragic loss of two of its teachers in May.
Hope and Resurrection Secondary School will open it doors again in
just a week to continue caring for the academic, spiritual, and
emotional development of the future leaders of South Sudan because of your faithful partnerships with us. Thank you for your “extra” and “extraordinary” outreach to this mission during this tragedy. It is because of the “extra” that we will be able to continue this work.
I arrived safely in the township of Rumbek on Friday, June 21 after three days of traveling and fell into the arms of our South Sudanese friends.
Their smiling faces were a comfort to a weary soul, and joy filled my
heart as we embraced once again. In spite of my attempt to keep my visit quiet until the arrangements could be made for our Uganda teachers to join HRSS’s Principal Anthony Wal, Administrator Awut Agok, and me;
students from HRSS saw me as soon as I arrived in Rumbek and
immediately wanted to know when the school would reopen.
My Facebook Messenger began to fill with messages and Awut’s phone began to ring as students sought to inquire and confirm that I was here.
Suzanne continues to share a conversation with a primary student
named Panda, and the conversation testifies to what Hope and
Resurrection Secondary means to the people from the communities
that it serves:
Panda comes and sits near me, but not too close. She is waiting for an invitation She then gets very serious with me and while looking down as if something is very wrong, she tells me that she and the other primary school students have been very worried. They want to know why their teachers at
HRSS (Hope and Resurrection Secondary have gone before they were able
to come to the school.
Awut explains to me that it isn’t just HRSS students that have been concerned that the school would not reopen, but the whole township of Rumbek is
concerned including the young children. HRSS is a very rare gem in this area. Every child’s dream is to one day be a student there. They work hard
on their primary school lessons in hopes that they can one day attend
My arrival serves as a sign of hope that not all is lost in-spite-of the great loss we are feeling at the passing of our beloved teachers, Charles and Willis.
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