2016-03-05 / The Bullhorn

RCS alumna travels to Africa

By Jackson Woody
Bullhorn Reporter


RCS alum Bailey Jacobs practices her henna designs with Ella Jeremiados, Abby Jeremiados and Ember Talafero, children she cared for while on a mission trip to South Sudan last summer. RCS alum Bailey Jacobs practices her henna designs with Ella Jeremiados, Abby Jeremiados and Ember Talafero, children she cared for while on a mission trip to South Sudan last summer. Roxboro Community School (RCS) alumna Bailey Jacobs traveled to Kuajok, South Sudan, Africa on Sept. 30, 2015 on behalf of Red Oak Church for a 19- week mission trip.

Jacobs served as a counselor at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters (SWO) for the summer of 2015. While at SWO she became affiliated with Red Oak.

The trip included an overall flight time of 19 hours to Africa. Jacobs said that she went on the trip because “the Lord was calling me to serve the two missionary families, the Lanes and the Jeremiados, during their church planting training.”

Jacobs’ primary job was spending time as a babysitter, taking care of two little girls named Abby and Ella.

“I worked from 9 a.m. until 8:15 at night. I was the TV remote, the chef, the diaper changer, the coloring partner, the one who zipped up their Elsa and Anna dresses, and at times the one who disciplined them for being ugly to each other.

“I was the extra person in their lives that had the privilege of loving them for four and a half months,” Jacobs explained.

Compared to the living conditions at home, Jacobs said that the conditions in Sudan were hard to adjust to, but became easier with time.

Her home was on a compound that had constant protection.

Outside of the complex, said Jacobs, the area was “that of movies. We lived in the bush of Africa. [There were] huts for miles, everyone was walking, women had baskets on their heads and men had sheep dropped around their shoulders.” “We never had hot water, but it was so hot during the day and night we didn’t mind as much as we would at home,” Jacobs said.

Wifi was available early every morning, but would often run out halfway through the month. Jacobs used the Internet to contact her family at home, including a video chat with her parents and brother and her church family.

Jacobs’ latest blog post, titled “Hello From the other Side” reads as follows: 72 hours ago I was running around Kampala, Uganda and now I’m sitting in front of a computer with seven million layers on and still freezing. As I sit here, I struggle to even write down a few sentences. It’s hard to condense the past four and a half months down into one single blog post, but in the same way it also deserves some form of explanation... [I am still in] culture shock, [and I have a] crippling sense of loss.

In addition to the trip to Africa, the 2012 RCS graduate has been on missions in South America and India.

More information about her work can be found at tandbblog.wordpress.com.

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