The critical situation in the Sudan is one of my passions. Many Sudanese, as well as those who minister to them, are dear friends. I believe in telling everyone I meet about their plight and persecution. A combination of politics, religion, and natural resources fuel the danger and uncertainty in this volatile area of Africa. Christianity is growing, especially in Southern Sudan. When I see the rising numbers of those who have chosen to accept the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, I remember this quote from Tertullian, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” I’ve been there and I’ve seen the courageous determination of a people who refuse to be beaten. I urge you to investigate the turmoil in Sudan and prayerfully consider supporting an organization that ministers to them.
I first became aware of the problems in Sudan when I was approached by volunteers of the Aid Sudan Foundation (known now as Every Village) in Houston to write a book about the Lost Boys of Sudan. After attending the first Lost Boys conference, I agreed to write the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan with Abraham Nhial and, consequently, Lost Boy No More (Broadman and Holman) was released in Fall 2004.
Recognizing that some people prefer fiction to nonfiction, I created a fictional tale based on the people I met while researching Lost Boy. That book, When the Lion Roars (RiverOak), was released in Summer 2005. I visited Southern Sudan in November, 2006, and wrote another novel When the Nile Runs Red which was released by Moody Publishers in September, 2007. All book sale proceeds go to Every Village – a qualified non-profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization under the Federal Tax ID #76-0653562.
To learn more about how God continues to use Abraham Nhial, please visit this site – Lost Boys No More. He is now Bishop of the Diocese of Aweil & Abyei in South Sudan.