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Century Marks

Long, winding road: Zachariah Jok Char was only five years old when he walked 1,000 miles for the first time. He was one of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, victims of a 20-year civil war, who crossed Sudan, walking single file, to safety in Ethiopia after their villages were leveled and their families murdered. Char was nine when he and others were forced across a crocodile-infested river back into Sudan after war broke out in Ethiopia. And then they walked another 1,000 miles to a refugee camp in northern Kenya, where they lived for eight years. On June 16, Char walked in a procession of a different sort: down the aisle of Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be ordained to the priesthood. “This was the fulfillment of the call God gave me,” said Char, who will lead a congregation of about 100 Sudanese immigrants who belong to Grace (Episcopal News Service).


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