Jillian Foerster (center) with participants in a workshop on peace building and reconciliation held at RECONCILE Centre. The participants came from around Yei County. The tall Paramount chief (behind Jillian's left shoulder) since passed away. Photo courtesy of Jillian Foerster.
Sharing banana bread
For Jillian's birthday, Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather baked banana bread and invited colleagues who were staying on the compound. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Jillian's birthday celebration. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
New Years Day service
A church service on New Years Day: notice how they colored the church by tying cloth to the boards in the ceiling. It was really pretty. And the church was brand new; we watched them build it near Bakata's house over the holiday and our time visiting them. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
First boda ride
Jillian on her first boda ride. Bodas are a common mode of transport, but somewhat dangerous at times...Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Bakata's children and friends pose during language learning over the holiday at Bakata's home. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Bakata and Jillian
Jillian Foerster (left) talks with one of her coworkers, Bakata, a Civic Education and Peacebuilding Officer at RECONCILE. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Children play with Jillian's hair
Children play with Jillian's hair. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Jillian Foerster. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Language learning. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Enjoying the African sun
Enjoying the African sun. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather
Friends. Photo by Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather.
Deep in thought
Deep in thought. Photo by Nancy & Shelvis Smith-Mather.
Waiting. Photo by Nancy & Shelvis Smith-Mather.
The vibrant women's group at AIC Church-Buluk congregation, Juba, is the newest program for AIC-CORED.
A water pump in Yei, Central Equatoria State, southern Sudan, near the border with Congo, is surrounded by a pile of water cans waiting their turn to be filled.
A long line of water cans wait for their turn at a water pump in Yei, southern Sudan. This is in Central Equatoria State--just 15 miles from the Congolese border.
"I can't remember his name, but do remember his age-3", Michael Wagner (left) remembers. "He asked me in perfect English, if I would be his friend."
Students from Lohotuk, Eastern Equatoria State
Students at the AIC Primary School in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State. The school structure, though not yet complete, houses classes previously held outdoors.
A Referendum Registration Center in the Lopit Mountains, about an hour southwest of Lohotuk, Sudan. The center was vacant at the time mission worker Michael Wagner visited.
Bishop of Africa Inland Church with Michael Wagner
A group of Sudanese pose for the camera circa 2006 or '07
Area surrounding Lohutok, Eastern Equatoria State
Children in Ikotos, Eastern Equatoria State
A girl living in the Lopit Mountains of Sudan, near Lohotuk.
A woman constructs an earthen building in the Imatong Mountains of southern Sudan. The framework of the building is constructed with bamboo, and then an earthen/mud plaster is used to form the walls.
Three members of Africa Inland church pose near an Africa Inland Church building.
A group enjoys a meal together outside the AIC church and school in Torit
A market in Juba, Sudan
Michael Wagner, Peace worker with Africa Inland Church in Juba, Sudan, enjoys the rainy season on a recent trip.
Michael Wagner poses for the camera as he begins his mission and peace work in southern Sudan--a Sudanese village of thatched huts in the background. Wagner's work with Africa Inland Church-Sudan is being carried out with sponsorship by the Church of the Brethren's Global Mission Partnerships program.
A traditional musician in the Lopit Mountains of southern Sudan. The instrument is made from a cow's horn. This musician will play on well into the early morning. The area is where the Church of the Brethren supported an agriculture and emergency food relief program in 2010. "I've been told that the music signifies that the food security situation has improved", writes photographer and mission worker Michael Wagner. "At least I am kept awake for a good reason!!"
Roads can be treacherous during the rainy season
Posters similar to these promoting the Referendum registration process were seen in villages and towns alike during the registration period in southern Sudan (Nov. 15, 2010-Dec. 1, 2010). This period was extended by one additional week.
Shown here is another poster giving voters information about the Referendum that took place in southern Sudan. The Referendum gave the people of southern Sudan an opportunity to vote on secession from the north of the country, and in the process decide to become the newest nation in Africa.
The River Nile; Peace Worker Michael Wagner's backyard scene.
These two are students at the Africa Inland Church-Sudan school in Yei, in southern Sudan.
Students working on their school assignments at an Africa Inland Church-Sudan in Yei.
A village in the Lopa Mountains, Eastern Equatoria State
Michael Wagner with children in the Lopi mountains