Guest Lector Nyuol Tong to Read Psalm 27

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The Duke freshman will read professor Ellen Davis’s translation
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nyuol TongNyuol Tong, who as a child was displaced by civil war in his native southern Sudan, will be the guest lector during the 11:25 worship Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, in Goodson Chapel. 

Tong will read a translation of Psalm 27 by Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, who is preaching from that text.  Jo Bailey Wells, director of the Anglican House of Studies and associate professor of the practice of Christian ministry and Bible, will celebrate.

Now a Trinity freshman, Tong was a 5-year-old when government militia singled him out to be shot to death in front of his family. He survived that shooting, but faced multiple hardships before getting the opportunity to study in the United States.

He has founded The Sudan Education for Liberty Foundation (SELFSudan), a non-profit that builds schools for scholarship, leadership and citizenship. In an interview with Justin Hubbard D’13, Tong said that the term “liberty” in the title is not an accident.

“By education, I don't just mean producing doctors and lawyers, but giving each child the chance to harness his or her potential. Liberty is having that chance to pursue your own potential.”

Read more about Tong in Hubbard’s story Escaping Civil War, Educating Others »