Formerly a Kidnapped Child Soldier in Kenya, Now an Olympian
John Yeager, World Vision : Jul 3, 2012 : Team World Vision, Christian Newswire
Lopez Lomong is headed to London after qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics, then he'll be returning to Kenya where he was kidnapped, but this time helping other children through World Vision.
(Eugene, OR)—After qualifying Thursday night for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in the men's 5,000 meters, former Sudan Lost Boy Lopez Lomong now has his sights set on a gold medal in London at The Olympic Summer Games.
Immediately after London, in mid-August, Lomong now plans a return trip to Kenya, where he spent ten years in a refugee camp and to his native South Sudan in order to help children and families living in poverty. The eight-day trip is part of long-term partnership between Lomong's non-profit, 4South Sudan and Team World Vision, a program sponsored by international Christian charity World Vision.
He was sponsored by a U.S. family and brought to this country where he soon discovered he was the fastest kid in school. At track meets he then discovered he was the fastest in the state. Soon he would become one of the fastest in the nation. In 2008, Lomong qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the men's 1,500 meters. He was voted by his teammates as the flag bearer in the Opening Ceremonies. Four years later, the young man who had so much taken from him—wants to give something back to the children of South Sudan.
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