30 Posts of enCOURAGEment post 14

Two or three years ago, I saw a movie that opened my eyes to the plight of people in a country completely unfamiliar to me.  The godgrewmovie God Grew Tired of Us tells the heartbreaking story of the lost boys of Sudan.  Eventually, some were able to come to the United States as  refugees and make a new life for themselves.  John Bul Dau was one of those boys.

John Bul Dau, along with many others, lived through horrific experiences and tragedy that are forever etched on their memories.  At the age of 13 John found himself leader of 1200 young boys, as thousands journeyed  across the desert fleeing for their lives.  It is a story like no other.  What John endured gave him every right to be a bitter, angry man but he would have none of it.  Instead, he became an activist and humanitarian.

His life, once one of despair and desperation, became one of dedication to help his people here, and abroad.  He is an example of a courageous leader and faithful encourager.

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What are you going through today?  Has lupus or another autoimmune disease got you down? Are you despairing?  There is one way to cope without being consumed by the trial that  plagues you, sickness or otherwise, and that is hope.  Turn your eyes toward hope.

Hope ever tells us tomorrow will be better. Tibullus  This is not a cliché.  Shifting our attention to the positive will reap positive things in our life, no matter what we are going through.  I have written about this in many posts but you can go here for a cornucopia of articles about how being positive reduces stress and  impacts your life.

John turns his eyes toward hope every day on behalf of his country and his people.  He has not allowed what he went through to ruin the rest of his life.  You will be encouraged as you read about this amazing man from National Geographics  here.

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A few of the boys

You can also watch the movie free here on Hulu at your leisure.

I hope you have been encouraged today. Many blessings, Leslie Rose K

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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