The Theils & Undying Hope
My daughter, Ayan (AKA Nina) turned two years old today. Yay!! Nina was born on April 15. She is a Tax Day lady!
My wife got a part-time job as a cook at a school. In South Sudan, we say she is “a good cooker” Smile! Our son, Thomas, is adjusting well to his new school. Def. misses his friends at the South River High School but fell in love with food in Texas. I am doing well and excited about Undying Hope’s May trip to East Africa with a team from the US. Thankfully, my family is at the tail-end of our transition. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Undying Hope 2022 Student Scholarship Program is making progress. We have raised 80%, 20% to go.
If you feel led to contribute financially or want to explore and learn about Undying Hope, please click here! The flyer below provides specific information about our scholarship fundraising campaign. Every dollar gets us closer to our goal and makes a difference!
3 Nuggets of Undying Hope
No one wins a war suggesting that war is a friend to no one. Innocent citizens suffer tremendously and pay a high price during and after the war, especially vulnerable children and women.
Sudan’s civil war and recent two conflicts set South Sudan back economically and forced myriads of citizens into homelessness, streets, and camps.
Recent South Sudan conflicts gave birth to many widows, orphans, and disabilities. Unfortunately, countless orphans are wandering in the streets aimlessly and helplessly instead of being in classrooms acquiring education and gaining knowledge and skills.
Undying Hope desires to provide education to orphans, people with disability, and severe economic hardship. We will not do everything, but we can do something.
Ignite hope and keep it burning. Don’t give up, and never let your hope for a better future die!
Development and prosperity of any nation depend on the quality of education. It’s where the rubber meets the road. If students are not getting a quality education, then the notion of hope for a better tomorrow is merely wishful thinking. No education, no development. It’s as simple as that.
Undying Hope is centered around education because we believe education drives development. Chinese Proverb tells us, “If You are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
Together, we can plant seeds of hope for South Sudan and beyond!
A few days ago, I listened to Astranuat Mark Vande Hei talking about his experience during lengthy time in the Space (355 days).
One of the questions Geof Bennett asked Astranuat Hei was: How did he became an astronaut? He replied saying, “You’ve got to apply…It doesn’t hurt to try, it’s just some of your time!”
It doesn’t hurt to try!
More often than not, we give up too soon and too easily. Sometimes, we give up when we are a step away from a breakthrough.
Undying Hope is a journey of hope, love, resilience, and grit. Giving up is not an option. My wife Aluel and I will keep trying because it doesn’t hurt. We will keep watering seeds of hope for a better future until God calls us home.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12
Until Friday, May 6th, take care of yourself and each other!
Wishing you and your family a memorable and joy-filled Easter 🙂
With love and gratitude
Theil & Aluel (my wife’s name is pronounced Al-well)