A “Lost Boy of Sudan” speaks

The Well, an informal worship community organized by Asheville Youth Mission, welcomes the public to hear special guest Abraham Deng talk about his experience as a Sudanese refugee.

Described in a press release as “one of the Lost Boys of Sudan,” Deng escaped the burning of his village when he was only six years old. Unable to return to his home in Duk, Deng embarked on a journey southeast and walked hundreds of miles to Ethiopia.  Enduring warfare, animal predators, starvation and the elements, Deng survived and found safety at a refugee camp. Now, Deng lives in Asheville and is a nursing student at Western Carolina University. On Sunday, March 13, the community is invited to listen as Deng “shares his amazing story of endurance and triumph,” according to a press release. He’ll describe “the faith that guided him along the way.”

The Well is open to people of all ages, and strives to bring people together through faith-based conversations. As stated on ashevilleyouthmission.org, “When you come to The Well, you can expect to sit in a circle–not rows; you can expect to sit in chairs–not pews … [and] find a casual atmosphere where all are welcomed. When you come to The Well you will meet some who are lifelong Christians, some who are new to faith and seeking to know the truth about God and themselves, and some who aren’t sure if they believe at all. You can expect all who come to find hospitality and grace that are born out of faith. When you come to The Well, you can expect to hear acoustic instruments that invite everyone to sing [and] you can expect to have the opportunity to think outside the box and respond to Scripture creatively.”

Deng will be speaking at 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, located at 690 Haywood Road. For more information about this upcoming event email billbaym@gmail.com or call 231-4634. 

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About Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt
Aiyanna grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She was educated at The Cambridge School of Weston, Sarah Lawrence College, and Oxford University. Aiyanna lives in Asheville, North Carolina where she proudly works for Mountain Xpress, the city’s independent local newspaper.

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