The veggie run
working in areas of South Sudan don’t have easy access to basic food items such as vegetables, fruit and eggs. So, once a month, MAF flies the veggie run; bringing a healthier diet to AIM missionaries.
Ard and Carin de Leeuw live in South Sudan with their four children, working for Africa Inland Mission (AIM) among the Laarim people in a place called Kimatong. The de Leeuw family are learning the language and by getting to know people from the tribe, as well as to them.
Living in a remote place with no supermarkets means they can’t get all the food which you and I take for granted. One day, Carin met a lady called Marlies, the wife of MAF South Sudan Pilot Wim Hobo, in Juba – South Sudan’s capital city.
Carin explained how they can’t get good fresh food in Kimatong, and Marlies offered to buy groceries in Juba, where there’s a wider variety of fruit and vegetables, and get them flown to the family by MAF! Families working for AIM in four other places then asked MAF to do the same thing.
Marlies says, ‘It was clear that the missionaries needed these supplies. They live very remotely, and, in most villages, you can’t buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Once a month, we are sending groceries to five different villages: Torit, Kimatong, Nagishot, Lohutok and Ohilang.’
‘There is even a fridge and freezer in MAF’s storage room just for AIM,’ Ard adds, ‘if we need chilled stuff like yoghurt or meat.’
Ard and Carin say they are very grateful for the support MAF is giving them. ‘We get much more fresh food to eat, we are healthier and less sick.’