A Sudanese pastor and former South Sudan Army soldier is in the
United States telling his story of restoration and redemption.
Last July, South Sudan gained its independence, creating a
constitution built on Christian principles. As a 14-year-old boy,
John Garang served in the South Sudan Army through the mid-1980s
and witnessed unimaginable bloodshed while battling the
predominantly Arab North Sudan.
After meeting with missionaries, Garang gave his life to Christ,
and some 15 years later, he now serves as a pastor and director of
Children Are People Ministries in Kenya, an
orphanage serving 94 children from Sudan.
have been living with a horrible life--naked, no food, but when I
received them, when the government of Kenya allowed the children to
come to Kenya, it was good," he says.
"Now they are very bright and they are changing, and I'm
continuing to trust God for finances to help them for their
Garang said the ministry has benefited from a generous donation
of land, but due to budget challenges to constructing a building,
teachers instruct the children under a tree.
"I have that compassion to get myself to commit to risk my life
to teach the children, to raise them up and build our nation," the
pastor explains. "When they go to sleep, we need to make a Bible
study to pray. When they wake up, they need to pray. We need to
trust God. God is the only provider."
During his time in the U.S., Garang has preached in various
churches, as well as received badly needed medical treatment on his
left leg, repairing injuries he received after stepping on a