All the Trees of The Fields

There’s a beautiful image of a peaceful place in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, specifically Isaiah 55:12: “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” VHSS executive director Franco Majok recently spent three days in our Rhumathoi Community Center, “enjoying the calm and fresh air.” He adds: “The biggest thing in Center right now is our borehole which providing clean water to local community.”

Rhumathoi center well 01 Jan. 2017Here we have four young ladies who don’t have to walk far distances for dirty water.

Rhumathoi center well 03 Jan. 2017I don’t know if they are going to school, but their chances, because they are using less time and energy to fill and carry those jerrycans, are greater.

  Franco has also planted 13 mango trees!

Rhumathoi Jan. 2017 01Here is a mango sapling, encircled by a fence of sticks, planted near one of the center’s meeting rooms.

Rhumathoi Jan 2017 02And here is one planted outside a building that is used as a guest house and as a storage shed for peanuts. A place of clean water, a place where there will be shade and mangoes . .. thanks to all those who have helped create this oasis in a remote part of South Sudan.