Revd Peter Wyard and his wife, Patricia have listened to the call of God to go and work in Aru, DRC. Since leaving Datchet, they have undertaken training with CMS and improving their French language skills( the primary communication language whilst there) After several months undergoing all the necessary tests and training, they left for Aru mid November 2018 . After a delay of 8 days or so due to the vagaries of shipping and the delay of their freight ( containing all the essentials, equipment and materials for their new life) and were required to be present as it cleared customs in Entebbe: They got the all clear they finally arrived in Aru to a very warm and enthusiastic welcome.
Since then they have undertaken their new roles with compassion and energy and are continuing to settle into their home and community , setting up the solar panels, mosquito nets etc and learning to use a crock pot and other methods to cook with! their mode of transport is either pedal or motor bike, foot or occasional truck to go over the Ugandan border in order to obtain supplies and other important things like visas etc.
They returned to the UK for a period during August and September 2019 during which time they visited all their support churches and gave presentations on their work and life in Aru. Here in Datchet we welcomed them back and it was fascinating to hear how they overcome challenges for things we take for granted every day, how their work was progressing and the sometimes very traumatic experiences faced in the hospital and field work , and funny stories
You can follow their story in more detail via the CMS website - it has recently been updated ( Nov 2019)
and via their blog https://patandpeterinaru.wordpress.com/