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New Church in an Unlikely Part of the the Middle East

By Russ Jones

Josh Manley

Josh Manley

During a recent speaking tour across the U.S., Josh Manley talked with anyone who would listen about his new church on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Along with his wife Jenny, the former senior aide for Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) planted RAK Church in the United Arab Emirates in 2012. Nearly 100 attended the first service.

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Former ‘Lost Boy’ of Sudan Now Fighting a Different Battle

By Russ Jones

Editor’s note: Russ Jones (pictured with John Garang) recently traveled to Kenya and South Sudan and chronicles this report.

Russ Jones & John Garang

Russ Jones & John Garang

As one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, John Akunguet Garang hasn’t always enjoyed a regular meal or a roof over his head as he does now. Like thousands of African males in southern Sudan, Garang was separated from his family as a young boy in the 1980s. When 12 years old, he was taken to Ethiopia from his village in Maar, Sudan. Thinking he was going to school, he was surprised to learn he was actually delivered to a military camp.

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