A poem by NLM alumni, now teacher, Elkanah Dut Deng for the 20th Celebration of New Life Ministry in 2023:
“Hope” is something without feathers
that perches on our souls and sings
a tune without words
and never stops at all.
The voice of one James Lual
was heard in the countryside
by 153 boys and girls… but only
16 crossed the finishing line in 2016.
Just for hope,
Cuei cok was the shelter then
Mahogany tree was the church
Gumel Gok was the first class in 2003… (Ki!)
We haven’t heard it in the chilliest lands and the strange seas.
New Life has come far
through determination, commitment
Hope and Trust in God
New Life is producing
1st doctors (Wow)
And many different professional (Biiki!)
New Life has 20 years in South Sudan (20 years? Just imagine!)
Can you see these permanent buildings
It was under Mahogany tree
When the hope and birth all started.
We will use pens and books to fight
Our enemies, never, any physical attack on anyone.
Just for hope… We return home to fight
Illiteracy, poverty, eradicate child marriage, and solve the
suffering which has burdened us.
Just for hope…
Hope for a better today
Hope for a better tomorrow
Home for a better and blessed New Life Ministry
Yes, We can Hope!