Monday, April 26, 2010

the lost boys

I was perusing the 'current events' magazines at Barnes and Noble and came across a wonderful one called NEED. Its mission statement on its cover hooked me - "We are not out to save the world but to tell the stories of those who are." Its stories are indeed moving and its photographs are striking. Sadly, its publisher fell on hard times during the recession and stopped publication. (Why are my favorite t.v. shows and magazines always discontinued - does this happen to you, too?) Thankfully, you can still read its articles on its website -

One of the articles especially touched me, an article about one of the 'lost boys' of Africa. Do you know their story? They were displaced by the civil war in Sudan and made their way across many, many treacherous miles fleeing the horrors of war, taking care of each other along the way. If you don't know their story then I recommend "God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir" by John Bul Dau and Michael S. Seednet, "What Is The What" by Dave Eggers, and "Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams and Gregory Christie (a picture book that won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book award). Their story reminds me that God seems to be concerned with the thriving of the weakest instead of the survival of the fittest.

The article is in Issue 6 of the magazine. It is titled "Lost Boys Return" and is about one of the children who became a doctor and who is now serving in the hellish Darfur region of Sudan and two of his comrades who are also doctors who come for 2 weeks to help him. His name is Tut Pur and I want to share a word picture of him with you to help us remember that there is hope around us in the most surprising places and that we can build hope together in our world -

"Tut Pur is accustomed to questions from people who wonder why he - or anyone - would return to such a broken place. 'People didn't expect that a medical doctor would come here because there was a lot of hostility in the area when I came in December 2007. People were asking, Why aren't you in Juma, Malakal, or Bor? But I told them that someone had to come here and help you so that we could make a difference. So it is a commitment from my heart to be with this community, to help them as long as God provides. I have a heart for this place where I was born.' He has been the only full-time doctor at the hospital since the wars started."

Enough said :-)

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