As a young boy, our founder, Jacob Thon Guot, ran for his life from the civil conflict in his country and became one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys.” With thousands of other children, he walked across east Africa and grew up in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. The US government chose 4,000 “Lost Boys,” including Jacob, to emigrate to the USA, where he earned college and seminary degrees. Jacob now directs the creation of the Rising Hope Christian Center in Bor Town.

 With Nehemiah as his biblical hero and role model, Jacob is securing resources to return to his war-devastated nation, rebuild his hometown, to change the lives of students and families, and to raise up South Sudanese leaders who will restore his community with the good news of God in Jesus Christ.

By God’s direction, Jacob and ASC are building a community of supporters who share his vision of making positive change in Bor Town, Jonglei State, and who sense how the whole nation of South Sudan and the region of East Africa can be impacted by a new generation of Christian citizens and future leaders.

What is the mission of Africa Sunrise Communities?

 The mission of Africa Sunrise Communities is to educate, empower and restore the community through holistic transformation.

 We seek to empower leaders in East Africa through pastoral care and holistic living. We seek to restore communities by reconciling relationships. We work to empower the leadership of local communities with clear goals to establish a lasting impact on South Sudan.

What is Africa Sunrise Communities currently doing to walk out the mission of the organization?


·      Educate the next generation with the tools they will need to improve their world. Using land purchased from the state, ASC will establish a primary and secondary school complex in Bor, South Sudan, to bring education to this neglected population.

·      Train leaders with a focus on unity between tribal peoples in an effort to achieve better national unity.

 ASC works in East Africa to empower individuals in local communities in five ways:

Comprehend: Understand that the cultural context of South Sudan has changed significantly. Working alongside the education and pastors’ training center will familiarize the organization with the changes in culture and attitudes. 

Cooperate: Build friendships with the UNHCR, Red Cross, and other NGOs and non-profits already working with education. Those partnerships will build experience and help develop effective schools. 

Connect: Establish connections with governments and religious and community leaders. This includes registering ASC with the government as a local business. So many doors can be opened with the support of the community. 

Coordinate: Connect people to existing social services and create avenues for needed services. Knowing what social services already exist is essential so that our efforts are not duplicating services but enhancing them. 

Cultivate: Establish the organization as a leader across ethnic lines on both sides of the conflict. Their cause is to unite people in East Africa. 

What future goals does the organization have for carrying out the mission?

 The Vision of Africa Sunrise Communities is to make a positive difference in the life of the world’s newest nation. We are in the process of building and operating a center of holistic Christian ministry in Bor Town, Jonglei State, South Sudan.

 “The Rising Hope Christian Center” will ultimately include a school for primary and secondary students, an athletic field, a medical clinic, a church, a residence, and a guest house and training center.