Jacob Guot shines the light of God’s hope to South Sudan refugees living in the Bweyale Refugee Camp in Uganda. Ironically, Jacob was one of the Lost Boys from the Sudanese Civil War that lasted from 1983-2005. Yet, he founded Africa Sunrise Communities in 2014 to provide a future and restore hope to those who remain in East Africa.
“Like the ancient Israelites, God used my journey from Sudan to Ethiopia to Kenya to provide me with instruction, teach me patience, instill resolve within me and deepen my relationship with Him,” Jacob, a current Asbury Seminary student, said. “My heart’s desire is to be missionary to and forgive all the Muslims who killed my family, relatives and friends.”
For Jacob, despair has been more than an acquaintance. He lost his home and his family and walked more than 1000 miles during his seven years as a refugee. Yet, he found purpose in the midst of a world that called him a “lost boy.” While still in Africa, Jacob was ordained as an Anglican deacon and pastor.
Jacob chose life and seeks to share that hope with others.
“I feel passionate about suffering people because I’ve lived through that, what it feels like and what it looks like,” Jacob said.
According to a 2015 report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 37,000 Sudanese have fled to neighboring countries for refuge. In addition, 1.5 million people continue to be internally displaced due to war.
“The refugees are living in darkness and need the sunrise of hope and a new vision,” he said.