By Pam Prather
When I first met Abraham Lueth about 6 or 7 years ago, it was because someone told him I worked in an immigration law firm. If I remember correctly, he wanted some help with an application for a travel document. We would run into each other now and again, and I slowly came to know of his work building a school back in Sudan.
Located in Northeast Africa, Sudan had witnessed over 20 years of brutal civil war. During that time, thousands of Sudanese refugees came to the United States. Abraham was one of them. I thought it was amazing that a man who had come to this country as a refugee (not too many years before) had achieved so much.
In addition to the extremely difficult task of assimilating into life in the United States, he was working full-time and raising a family. And yet through his gratitude for the chances he’d been given, and the concern for those back home who weren’t so lucky, he found the time, the energy, and the determination to give back to the community and its children that he had to leave behind. He built them a school.
By building this school he transformed the life of a whole village. I won’t go into all the details. You can get those by reading about the Southern Sudan Fellowship on our website. I just wanted to pose a question to you, and suggest an answer. Can one person bring people together to help improve the lives of others? Yes. Abraham Lueth did it. And all of us can too.