Church of England Diocese of Oxford Datchet

Partners in Aru DRC - Patricia and Peter Wyard

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