A little bit about John-
He was born into the Dinka tribe of South Sudan. As a boy, his village was devastated by civil war forcing him and his entire community to flee to refugee camps. Christianity was introduced to John’s village just prior to the start of the war. At that time, the Bible was not yet translated into Dinka, so the tribe relied upon one pastor who taught them the scriptures. As a boy, it was clear that God ordained John to be a leader to his people. While enduring starvation and watching the brutal deaths of those they loved, John encouraged his people with Bible verses he had memorized. After several years as a refugee in Ethiopia and Kenya, John was one of a select group of Sudanese youth- often referred to as “The Lost Boys of Sudan”- granted refugee status in the United States. After completing his education at Trinity School for Ministry, he returned to Sudan to empower his Sudanese brothers and sisters.
A little bit about John's ministry-
Most South Sudanese villages were burned to the ground during the war. As a result, there are limited resources and infrastructure to facilitate a rebuilding process. John saw the vast needs of his once bountiful country and has embraced the challenge of restoring communal life. In order to keep people informed of current affairs in the Horn of Africa, he established a newspaper- The Christian Times. Seeing that there was no source of education for youth, he founded the Good Shepherd Academy for pupils 5-12. Throughout the war, death was rampant. The hope of an eternity with a God of love and grace was readily received and people converted to Christianity by the thousands. John noted the lack of theological knowledge among his people, so he established the Good Shepherd College and Seminary to equip pastors and servant leaders. Most recently, John published the book God’s Refugee. His book is a powerful reflection on his experiences during the war.
John is a shining example of unwavering faith and trust in Jesus. We invite you to join us as we hear more from John about his expansive vision for the future of South Sudan on February 12, 2017, from 3-5pm, at Trinity School for Ministry’s Common’s Hall. The event is free. There is a free parking lot in the rear of the seminary. Appetizers and desserts will be served. Partnership opportunities will be discussed. He will be selling and signing copies of his book as well. So that preparations can be made, please RSVP here by February 2.