THERE IS NOTHING CANDYFLOSS ABOUT THE CANDY FAMILY FROM LINDFIELD. THEY ARE MADE OF TOUGH STUFF.
In our November issue, we printed the story of Peter and Heather Candy, “Grandparents returning to an African hospital”, who were heading to Kagando Hospital in South Sudan.
Not to be outdone, their sons, Phil and Rob, have since followed them overseas to provide practical aid to the suffering.
Eldest son Phil and his wife Sarah, of All Saints Lindfield, who are both in their 30s, first met while serving in Christian relief organisation Medair in Uganda and Sudan. The love affair with overseas service is continuing as they have now decided to work for Medair again. This time they have gone to Switzerland with their toddler daughters Katie, two, and one-year-old Esther. Phil will serve as Medair’s Security Adviser, a role which will involve travel to countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan and Iraq, providing emergency relief in remote and devastated communities.
Uprooting to Switzerland has been a difficult decision, reports their friend Andrew Griffin. “They both speak little French and moving the whole family is no small consideration. However, both feel that this is where God wants them to be and they are excited about the future. The job is permanent; there is no specific end date.”
Younger brother Rob Candy is currently out in South Sudan with Medair; he departed shortly before Phil left for Switzerland.