Lopez Lomong: Running for My Life

During Sunday morning mass with his family, 11-year-old Lopez Lomong was kidnapped by soldiers to be trained as a soldier—one of thousands who became known as the “lost boys” of the Sudan. Managing to escape, he ran for three days and nights to reach Kenya, and a refugee camp where he spent the next 10 years.

In 2001, Lopez was one of nearly 4,000 “lost boys” the UN resettled in other countries. Lopez was adopted by an American family. His dream? To run on the national Olympics team in the 1500 meter race in Beijing! He not only made the team, but became the US flag bearer for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing!

Lopez Lomong says his life work now is to “create sustainable hope” for the young children referencing the Bible in John 10:10, to deserve “life in all of its fullness!”

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