Brenda Hill is supposed to be on a plane right now, on her way to South Sudan to help enroll students in school. It was an idea brought to life through generous community donations and the work of David Jal, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. During a trip back to the country several years ago, Jal spoke to the chief of his city.
"'What is the greatest need?' and they both agreed it would be a school because if you could educate the children, you can have a different hope, hope for a different outcome," Hill said.
Soon after a team was formed to make the school a reality in the Khor Wakow region of South Sudan.
"We have children and whole families; we anticipate that the literacy in this village is one percent. Only one perfect of these people could read or write," Hill said.
The trip to South Sudan was supposed to start today, but violence re-entered the region, too close to where the school is going to be built.
"David was speaking with his one and only surviving brother who had gone to Khor Wakow seeking safety from the nearest town in Nasir, and he just said 'David, don't come,'" Hill said.
Now, their trip is on hold indefinitely. Hill is unsure when they will be able to reschedule their mission because of the unpredictability of the violence. Yet, when the all-clear is given, she believes this school could be the catalyst for civility.
"It's going to be the Khor Wakow Christian Academy. To say this community could help be a part of bringing peace not only to the region of Khor Wakow, but even to the country of South Sudan," Hill said.
Brenda and David both wanted to go to South Sudan regardless of the violence, but they convinced each other that they should stay safe. They even went as far as to call each other Tuesday at the time their plane was taking off just to make sure they didn't go to the airport.