Day 16


This morning we celebrated the Eucharist for the feast of the Peruvian saint, Martin de Porres, who ministered to the African slaves being brought to the “New World” by the European colonizers.

After Mass, a quick breakfast, and then Brother Sylvanus and I head off to the airport in Yambio for my flight back to Juba, the capital city of South Sudan and the site of the Solidarity “motherhouse” or headquarters.

Leaving the Solidarity Teacher Training College was bittersweet for me.  I have been a Catholic educator for most of my adult life so I really enjoyed the academic environment of STTC.  I will miss the students and the faculty and staff, and I look forward to returning there someday.

Brother Sylvanus helped me to negotiate all of the check in procedures at the Yambio airport, quite different from what I am accustomed to in the States, and he graciously waited until the plane landed and everyone on the incoming flight, as well as all of the cargo, had been unloaded and we were able to board the flight.

I had a window seat.  Because we were in a small propeller plane, we did not attain a very high altitude, so I was able to see this land all the way back to Juba.  Green, with lots and lots of trees, some rivers, some small settlements along the route with the characteristic small houses made of handmade bricks and thatched roofs.

We land in Juba about 1.5 hours after take-off from Yambio.  After negotiating my entrance to the airport and retrieving my checked baggage, I met Emanuel and Brother Felipe outside and we made our way back to the Solidarity “mothership”.  I settled into the same room I had occupied upon my arrival and had a nice afternoon and evening.


Date Published:

13 Gen 2022


David, Mission Promoter


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