St. Pauls Community Church Invites You to Hear "The Lost Boys of Sudan"

On Sunday, March 30 at 6 PM Angelo Maker will tell his first hand story of his incredible escape from Sudan Africa at St Pauls Community Church, Chicora PA. Angelo is one of the survivors of orphan boys that wondered the war torn spacesuof Africa and Ethiopia for nearly 10 years that finally gained worldwide attention when their plight became known to the United Nations. Their struggles and daily experiences with death have spawned numerous books and the title of “Lost Boys of Sudan”.
Angelo is now a resident of the United States but frequently returns to his former home in Sudan where he has started to build a secondary school for the next generation of children. He knows that the only permanent solution to the continuing wars in his homeland begins with education. He wants to provide a better life for the children of Sudan that he never knew.
Angelo spent 10 years with thousands of other children being killed by gunfire during the day and wild animals at night as hundreds of his new found friends starved. Chased from his hut in Sudan where he witnessed the deaths of his family because of their refusal to stop Christian worship he slowly met other orphans as they blended into thousands of young boys continually wondering ahead of the northern armies. Without food or protection they finally exited into Ethiopia where after three years they were once again driven by soldiers back into Sudan.A covered dish dinner will precede the program with the dinner starting at 5 PM. This will offer a time to personally meet Angelo and experience how love has overcome this deeply scarring experience. Following the covered dish dinner the presentation begins at 6 PM. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people of western Pennsylvania to learn of life from an entirely different beginning.
St Pauls Community Church is located on route 268 two miles south of the intersection with route 68, twelve miles north of Kittanning and fourteen miles north east of Butler. For more information contact the church office at 724-445-3834.Angelo Maker is among the 3,000 orphans called The Lost Boys of Sudan who were brought to this country by the United States government in 2001. His village was attacked during the civil war that escalated in Southern Sudan in 1983, a war that claimed over two million lives. Only seven years old at the time, Angelo watched helplessly as his mother and two brothers were brutally murdered. Desperately trying to survive, he joined a large group of boys, ages 4-12, who were also displaced, and they began their long, hazardous journey across Sudan into neighboring Ethiopia. Many died along the way because of a lack of food, water, exposure to the elements, and attacks from wild animals and the government helicopters that had bombed their villages. By the grace of God, Angelo survived.
After living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia for three years, the Lost Boys were forced to move back to Sudan when the Ethiopian government was overthrown. They were attacked by Ethiopian rebels and the Sudanese government before they could even leave the country. Some ûed across the river separating Sudan and Ethiopia; but many perished because they did not know how to swim or were attacked by alligators. “Once again, Angelo managed to survive. He and the remaining boys spent another harrowing year trying to stay alive in Sudan while ûghting off starvation and the government that still wanted them dead so that they would not grow to adults and seek revenge.
The United Nations took notice of the situation and removed the boys from Sudan, placing them in refugee camps in Kenya. It is estimated that of the original 30,000 Lost Boys of Sudan, less than half of them survived to live in the Kenyan camp. They lived there for nine years and received some education. ln 1999, the United States began a program that focused on bringing these Lost Boys to America so that they would have a chance to educate themselves and return to Sudan to build a better future for their people. This program continued until heightened security after the 9/11 bombings forced the program to shut down.
Angelo now resides in Newport News, VA with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children. He is working full time and is also preparing to graduate with a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science from Regent University. He remains very active in numerous efforts to foster awareness for the plight of the Southern Sudanese people, working to create a better future for his friends and family in Sudan. Angelo’s homeland remains dear to his heart, and he and his family are making preparations to move back to Sudan.
Angelo is a much sought, powerful speaker, touching the hearts of people of all ages, challenging them to act.

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