Former Sudanese ‘Lost Boy’ turned Olympian to visit The Woodlands Christian Academy

By: Stephanie Olson
| Published 11/06/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX – On Wednesday, November 8, The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA), in partnership with World Vision, welcomes Lopez Lomong, U.S. Olympian, to campus to spend the day with students.

As a child in Sudan, Lopez Lomong was taken from his parents by rebel soldiers, eventually fleeing from his captors, becoming a child refugee. Now as an adult, Lomong will inspire the school community at TWCA during his visit with students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Lopez will share his personal stories about this time as a six-year-old “Lost Boy” of Sudan and later a U.S. Olympic runner.

Woodlands Christian partners with humanitarian organization World Vision, with a goal of raising up students to be global leaders who are convicted to live out their Christian faith in service to others.

As part of this partnership, called World Vision Ignite, Lomong will visit Woodlands Christian, speaking at the school throughout the day, running the track with students and reading excerpts from his book, “Running for My Life.”

“We are delighted to welcome Lopez Lomong to our campus. His testimony of escaping Sudan and becoming a U.S. Olympic athlete will inspire our students to pursue their dreams,” said Julie Ambler, Head of School at The Woodlands Christian Academy. “His visit, along with our World Vision partnership, helps our students to become globally aware and to serve poor and vulnerable populations with dignity and love.”

For years, Lomong has been an advocate for his native home, speaking on behalf of humanitarian needs and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for education, water and more. By sharing his story with TWCA students, Lomong will inspire these future young leaders to also advocate for others and to be change-makers in the world.

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