Cover of Jacob's book, "The Lost is Found: A Lost Boy's Story"Help us celebrate! A year ago this month, Jacob published his book, “The Lost is Found: A Lost Boy’s Story of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love.”  This makes it a good time to take closer look at “The Lost is Found: A Lost Boy’s Story.”  We–and many reviewers–recommend it to you if you have not read it yet. If you have read it, why not share it with a friend?  “The Lost is Found” is a 5-star book on Last June 18th, an Amazon customer offered this review:

An inspiring personal account of hardship and charity.

This is an inspiring story of survival and perseverance for those boys who were lost during South Sudan’s civil war. It is difficult to summarize how much hardship the author and his colleagues have suffered but it is a constant reminder of the Lord’s work that needs to be done here on earth. I hope that those who appreciate that concept would appreciate this book.

If you are not familiar with the history of The Lost Boys and would like a brief summary before buying Jacob’s book, we describe the highlights of their story and offer links to YouTube videos on this website,  You will also find an article by the International Rescue Committee on The Lost Boys from October 2014 here. Refugee boys at Kakuma Refugee Camp, Uganda, in 2001.Jacob says, “My book tells my story of running for my life at age 7 as radical Muslims attacked my village in Sudan, and spending the next 14 years either on the run or living in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. I came to the United States as a “Lost Boy” of Sudan in 2001 and since then have learned a new language, become an American citizen, and obtained an education.”In August 2017, another reviewer on Amazon, Danny H., focuses on the plight of all refugees reflected in Jacob’s story:

An invaluable resource for refugees and their allies

This book is a raw, accessible account of ordinary virtue in extraordinary circumstances. Jacob’s story of survival and redemption is related in a simple, disarming voice and it offers tremendous insight into the history and current situation of his country as well as an inside look at the process of becoming an American. And throughout it all is the constant refrain of God’s unending love and provision. Perhaps the most significant contribution this book offers is its portrayal of life in America for refugees. This book is just dripping with encouragement for refugees and it is a must read for anyone who wants to better understand their lives.

While every refugee is unique, their stories have many similarities, so Jacob’s book connects us to the experience of all refugees. Current events remind us that the refugee problem continues as people flee from Syria and Central America, and even renewed conflict in South Sudan.  We will share one more Amazon review with you, from Linda J. last November. She says:

Excellent book

After Jacob spoke at our church, I bought copies of his book for myself and my daughter-in-law who co-founded a refugee support agency in Grand Rapids, MI. This is a gripping story of the struggle for survival during this long period of persecution of Christians in Sudan. Jacob’s faith in God and determination to continue to share His love is admirable. I recommend this story to anyone who wants to know about the Lost Boys and their plight.

Jacob selling his book in February 2018.Jacob welcomes the opportunity to share his story and talk about his book with community groups, book clubs, and churches. As Linda’s comments indicate, American Christians will find a kinship with Jacob, the Lost Boys, and other South Sudanese.  They may find that supporting Africa Sunrise’s mission in South Sudan fits their own mission work and fundraising goals. In any case, a portion of the proceeds from sale of “The Lost is Found: A Lost Boy’s Story” goes to support the work of Africa Sunrise Communities.Jacob and some of the school children receiving support from the United States. Nairobi, Kenya.Jacob is available for interviews and speaking engagements about his book. If travel from his home in central Kentucky is not practical, Jacob can arrange live or taped audio/video presentations for your group. Contact Jacob here and order a copy of his book here._________________________________________________________Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@africa_sunrise).

Personal Testimony, MY Experience As I walked across the campus during my time at Asbury Theological Seminary, several students kept asking me, “What happened to your head?” They were looking at my scarification. Some of my friends saw my scar as funny or they said, “I am so sorry for your accident on your head.” I said, “Dude, this is not an accident, it is my cultural norm.”The Problem– devaluing a person through devaluing their culture is dehumanizingThey asked me again: “Would you please tell us what happened and why?” I would tell them that it is my pleasure to talk about this; that it blessed me to discuss it. I would say that far from being an accident, this is a cultural norm among the Dinka tribes of South Sudan.The Need – Understanding through Conversation: Meeting people within their own cultureJesus meets people within their own culture, He does not devalue people because of their culture, rather He illuminates their value through their culture. We all must be aware of cultural differences when we speak to others. It’s all to easy to force our cultural norms on others, and to question them for being different than our idea of normal. Why Did I Write a Book?My classmates’ confusion about scarification and my culture caused me much anguish. My book is the solution. The Lost is Found: A “Lost Boy’s” Story of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love tells my story of becoming a “Lost Boy,” when Muslim militias raided my village in what was then Sudan in 1987, when I was 7 years old. It details my years of running for my life, living in refugee camps, before being brought to the US in 2001. It describes a great deal about my life in Sudan and answers the questions about this lesser known culture. It tells a great deal about Dinka society, including marriage customs, the scarification rite of passage, and describes the rituals in detail. Great news! Jacob’s book, The Lost is Found, is now available in print and eBook format. All proceeds from his book go towards funding his mission to his own people, South Sudanese refugees, especially orphan children, in Uganda.EBooks are available from Amazon, as are print copies. However, if you make a gift of $50 to Africa Sunrise Communities, you will receive an autographed copy. Special thanks to Thank you much for your generous support.Jacob Thon GuotExecutive Director and FounderAfrica Sunrise Communities

The Lost is Found: A “Lost Boy’s” Story of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love is now available in paperback from Amazon. My book tells my story of running for my life at age 7 as radical Muslims attacked my village in Sudan, and spending the next 14 years either on the run or living in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. I came to the United States as a “Lost Boy” of Sudan in 2001 and since then have learned a new language, become an American citizen, and obtained an education. Now that I have graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary, I am turning my attention to raising funds through Africa Sunrise Communities to fulfill my mission to help bring education, peace, and reconciliation to South Sudanese refugees in Bweyale Refugee Camp in Uganda. My people of South Sudan need the opportunity to obtain an education and to find a better way to live together if my country is to grow and prosper.A portion of proceeds from the purchase of this book will go to support the mission of Africa Sunrise Communities. An EBook will be available soon and you can purchase a paperback on Amazon.Jacob GuotExecutive Director and Founder