One of the areas that I have friends within the camp is in the Borfa section, which is one of the Uduk people groups. They are refugees from Blue Nile State in northern Sudan, and for many of them, this is not their first time living in a refugee camp. Many spent years in Ethiopia before returning for approximately 4 years to Blue Nile State, and then relocating here in 2011. Some of the ladies who work in our clinic are from Borfa, and they are some of the most hospitable people you have ever met.
Every Sunday after church they have fellowship together. There is a rotating group of women who cook food for countless people in the congregation. If I come for a visit after going to the Nubian church, I will find them sitting under the trees, chatting, nursing babies, or singing songs from their hymn books. It is such a joy to get to spend time with other believers, even if I can’t communicate well in Tw’ampa, their mother tongue. But, we find ways to communicate–whether Arabic, laughing, or hand gestures. They spend the entire afternoon together, drinking tea and coffee, and visiting. Then there is another short service in the afternoon before they share a meal together. We are always invited to join in with them, and can easily stay until right before the sun sets. There is always a group of ladies willing to walk us part of the way home. I am thankful for these women and their sweet, encouraging spirits.