Hope Rising

Periodic Updates and Communication

Together we can GIVE HOPE!! 

Dear family and friends,With profound gratitude and appreciation, I am announcing that this year, 133 students in South Sudan qualified for the Undying Hope 2022 Student Scholarship Program and 18 students in Kenya. This humble achievement is possible because of your continued prayers, love, and generosity. Many of you have played a phenomenal role each…

Special Update from South Sudan

Dear family and friends, The world has been going through a very challenging and seemingly unpredictable time. I trust you are doing well with your family during such an ever-changing season.  Depending on our lens, there is a glimpse of light in any situation.  Speaking of the type of lens we put on, I’m sending…

Building A Healthy Nation 

Dear friends and family,  I am profoundly pleased to inform you that we have accomplished the goal we set out at the outset of 2022. We have raised over 100%!!!! Yay! This exciting update would not have been possible without your prayers, moral support and generosity. More than 100 students will not drop out of school this year because…

A Ray of Hope for Vulnerable Kids
in South Sudan

Dear family and friends, Sudanese civil war devastated the South. Homes and livelihoods, as well as many lives, have been lost. Its biggest victims are always vulnerable children. Little boys and girls were orphaned, and they now roam the streets of the country looking for food to avoid starvation. Extreme poverty and lack of quality…

Change of Address

Dear family and friends,I trust this update finds you well with your family and enjoying the season! I wanted to share three exciting things: 1. Undying Hope now has an official Houston address, both street address and P.O. Box: Undying Hope International17119 Red Oak Dr.Houston, TX 77090 orUndying Hope InternationalP.O. Box 90120Houston, TX 77090 2. Undying Hope now has its unique phone number(832)…

Fundraising Event In Kingwood, Texas: Build A Foundation Of Hope For South Sudan

DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, YOU ARE INVITED TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS TO GAIN AN EDUCATION IN SOUTH SUDAN. PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2022 FROM 2 TO 4 PM FOR DESSERT AND COFFEE OR TEA AT THE LOVELY HOME OF OUR BOARD OF DIRECTOR AND TREASURER, MS. LEIGH…

Hope Against All Odds: Highlights From Recent Trip To My Beloved South Sudan

Dear family and friends, My recent trip to South Sudan was fruitful and encouraging. That being said, I experienced a piercing thorny pain in my heart due to countless orphans and street children wandering hopelessly and aimlessly. The purpose for my trip to South Sudan was, thankfully, accomplished!!!! I came back to the US two…

Seeds Of Hope & Student Scholarships Trip

Dear family and friends,A few months ago, I mentioned a potential trip to South Sudan in March 2022 for four main purposes, among others: Set the stage for the May 2022 trip Undying Hope 2022 Student Scholarship process Land development process in Aweil and Wau (Seeds of Hope campaign) Networking and relationship building Well, that…

An Announcement: Theil T. Theil Transition To Texas (TTTTTT) With Family

The Theils Transition to Texas Dear family and friends, God’s plan is the heart of this update. Life is often unpredictable, and God’s calls are irresistible. He has a plan for each of us which we ought to obey. My family has been called to Texas this season. That said, it’s with a mixed feeling…

Undying Hope 2022 Student Scholarship Program

Dear family and friends, Today, I am reminded of the day I set foot on US soil as a newly arriving refugee. It was a frigid day for African bones, which had never experienced such freezing weather before. I didn’t speak English and was not familiar with American culture. Everything was new and dynamic, including…

Honda Pilot On The Mission

Dear family and friends,With an outpouring joy and gratitude, I want to share exciting and uplifting news with you. The owner of Pohanka of Salisbury has donated a very nice Honda Pilot to Undying Hope International! Such a blessing! The market value of this donated Honda Pilot is $25,000. We are immeasurably grateful for the…

Survival Against The Odds

Dear family and friends,Happy New Year! We made it into 2022 despite obstacles and hurdles along the way! Undying Hope survived the 2021 too as a direct result of your steadfast love, support, and generosity. Your prayers and gracious contributions made all the difference. Thank you! Year-end Giving Receipt: If you contributed financially online, your…

Nduregu Michael

My name is Nduregu Michael, a student of senior three Science and a member of Sunshine Club.I would like to thank the people who are really giving their help toward Undying Hope in South Sudan, because they have the potential to help young people who are really struggling for themselves in order to excel and…

Julia

My name is Julia, a science student and Assistant secretary of the Sunshine Club. I want to thank everyone who is supporting the work of Undying Hope International to help girls who are facing challenges to finish their education. Many Challenges that are facing girls at schools may be because of students that are having one parent…

Undying Hope’s Core Values: Endurance

Endurance The people of South Sudan have endured much pain, suffering, and loss of countless precious lives during civil wars coupled with widespread diseases, ongoing famines, and tribal conflicts, among others. Moreover, to this day, many South Sudanese are still enduring hardships, challenges, and difficulties as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within South Sudan and refugees…

South Sudan’s 10th Independence Anniversary & Killarney House Fundraiser & more

Dear family and friends of South Sudan, Happy South Sudan’s 10th Independence Anniversary! On this day, 10-years ago, South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan and became a sovereign nation. Unfortunately, soon after that, South Sudan plunged into two deadly wars, economy plummeted, educational index fell far behind the world, health conditions deteriorated, famine widespread,…

Theil’s Update: June 2021

Dear family and friends, Before typing this update, I took the time to reflect on many of God’s blessings in my life. I am thankful for my beautiful and most amazing wife and our precious two children. Grateful for family, friends, and communities with whom my family is surrounded. Hopeful for many lives that will…

The Accelerating Moving Walkway

The Accelerating Moving Walkway My first encounter with the accelerating moving walkway was at the Amsterdam Schiphol airport. My friend Ericson and I were at the airport waiting for our next flight to the states. We enjoyed watching people walk on the airport’s accelerating moving walkway. We were ambivalent about the speed and wondering about…

Shooting at Taab Market

A Story of Hope and Resiliencefrom my Childhood Shooting at Taab Market The social and political injustices which happened in Sudan revealed the intense cultural divide between armed Sudanese soldiers and innocent civilians. Sudan’s government deployed thousands of troops into southern Sudan to protect civilians. Sadly, when the government faced resistance in the south, these…

The Statue of Liberty, Beacon of Hope

The Statue of Liberty in New York sheds light on my hopes and aspirations upon arriving on U.S. soil as a new refugee. On September 28, 1998, as my flight (the KLM plane) approached the landing runway at the JFK International Airport, I looked out the small window. Suddenly, through the clouds of my dreams of…

A Basic Animation Story Created By My 13-Years Old Son + Update

Animation + Update  Dear family and friends, With great joy and deepest admiration, I am sharing with you a few slides of an animation story created by my 13-years old son, Thomas-Dhel, as part of his tech class. It’s a basic animation but captured Thomas’ four years of personal experience in Africa. Thomas’ story includes crowded classrooms with…

Behind Every Number there is a real person’s face

Dear Friends and Family, A simple google search on South Sudan shows over two million precious lives lost during decades of Sudan civil war and a staggering number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees scattered worldwide, including in neighboring countries.  Worse yet, health facilities and schools were destroyed during the war, and teachers fled…

Christmas Greetings & Encouragement

Dear family and friends, On behalf of my family and Undying Hope, I would like to take this opportunity to humbly express my deepest gratitude and thanksgiving for your continued prayers and support and to wish every one of you (from Annapolis, Maryland and the rest of the States to the nations) Merry Christmas! As…

Give the Gift of Hope

As the weather turns colder here in the United States, the warmer season is just beginning in South Sudan. Due to economic hardship, many children in South Sudan do not have proper clothing or shoes. In the dry season, the temperature in South Sudan can easily reach 104 *F with peaks up to 113 *F.…

In Honor of my precious mom

The phone rang in the middle of the night, startling me from sleep. The time on my phone flashed 3:59 AM and the caller ID showed my brother’s name. The time of his call was alarming, so I knew right away that something must be terribly wrong. Through tears, he informed me that our mother…

Donation Status Update

Dear Partners in Ministry, With our deepest gratitude, my wife, Aluel, and I would like to thank you for your continued prayers and generosity toward my Residency training program with Bay Area Community Church (BACC). Your partnership over the past two years has produced incredible fruit and I was blessed to be ordained on July…

3 Reasons Why “Undying Hope” Is A Name Of Choice

At this juncture along the spectrum of my Undying Hope journey, I thought it fitting and timely to share what Undying Hope means to me personally, a vision that I have been pregnant with for over three decades. Undying Hope is a journey with several milestones along the way. Thankfully, God continues to bring people…

Exciting Announcement

With profound joy and gratitude, I am announcing the launching of the Undying Hope new website!! This step could not have been possible without prayers, support, and generosity of friends and family.  Here is the link to UHI new website https://undyinghope.org The mission of Undying Hope is to educate, equip, and empower leaders to transcend division,…

July 2020 Update

Dear family and friends, With profound gratitude and joy, I would like to share two exciting news with you this month!!! More detailed information regarding “What Next” will follow next month. The upcoming letter would include gatherings of Hope initiative, a roadmap for Undying Hope, plan for my family, and potential transition to South Sudan.…

Update #9: Nominal Christianity in South Sudan

Nominal Christianity in South Sudan is spreading like a wildfire. Generally, these folks are church-goers who identify themselves as Christians, but don’t abide by what the scripture says. Presumably, this kind of spiritual loss is what gave birth to the four key problems currently facing South Sudan; corruption, tribalism, nepotism, and general attitude issues. Obviously,…