A Graduate To Remember!
Every graduate is special at this time of year and the accomplishments of so many people are admirable indeed. Of course we all want to encourage every person who has successfully completed their degree or their graduation from each level of school. Please join me in saluting a young man by the name of David Ghai, who is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He recently completed his degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College in nearby New Port Richey, Fl.
David’s father was a doctor in southern Sudan and was executed for treating patients who were Christian rebels. These same Islamic militants were looking to kill all of David’s family so they fled on foot and ran hundreds of miles from their home in Juba. His mother and sister never made it while his brother made it far enough to join a militia group. Although not confirmed, reports have come to David that his brother is dead also. Refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya, and many places with no names but tents and Red Cross supplies have resulted in his eventually being brought to the USA. Thanks to the work of local representatives and volunteers for Lutheran Services, David and many other refugees were taught English, given a place to stay and got a chance to succeed.
Like each one of these young boys, David got a job in a factory and went to school at night and now has added a third job doing language translations. Although there is not a lot of demand for his tribal language of Dinka, he has found applications for Arabic, Swahili, and now even helps teach English to other refugees who are just arriving in the US. Where were you when I was hungry and needed food? Where were you when I was naked and you clothed me? Where were you when I needed to be taught and you had the ability to teach me? I know there are many heroes in caps and gowns this time of year and each one of their stories is compelling. I just wanted to share one more for you to celebrate! Can your love reach out in the name of Christ to help someone in need?
Romans 12:9-10 (NIV) “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Monday Morning Message Sent 6/15/09
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