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Elijah Abuoi Arok

Elijah Abuoi ArokElijah Abuoi Arok’s Biography

Elijah Abuoi Arok was born in January, 1968 at Khok in Toch, 50 miles from Piom Pur Adhiok’s old home, in Jonglei State, where he lived near the Nile River with his family. At the age of ten God spoke to his heart through a missionary who presented to him the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Confessing his sin and acknowledging his need for the Savior, he repented and placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his only hope of salvation.

In November of 1981, he made a public profession of his new-found faith by following the Lord in baptism. As he became involved in a local fellowship in Wernyol in Jonglei State, he continued to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, and gradually the people from the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS) discipled him.

After the war broke out in 1983, he joined SPLA/M in 1986 at the age of 18 requiring him to be separated from his family. After loosing many members of his family in the war, including his parents and young wife, he eventually became a chaplain where God used him to minister to suffering people in the refugee camps, including many of the lost boys with whom he still has contact. While recovering from multiple wounds, God eventually brought another Christian young woman into his life to care for his surviving three-month old daughter. Elijah and his wife Elizabeth now have 7 biological children; eight orphans from family members killed in the war. Elizabeth and the children currently live in Eldoret, Kenya.

In 1997 Elijah was sent to Dimma, Ethiopia by the ECS and he was later ordained into the gospel ministry in 1999. Eventually God used an American (Steve Harriett) with African Christian Missions International (ACMI) to encourage and assist Elijah to pursue further studies. This led him in 2000 to move to the refugee camp in Kakuma with his family where he received more pastoral training. After finishing college at ISOM, God led Elijah away from ECS and in 2004 he joined hands with other Sudanese Church leaders to train Sudanese pastors through International School of Missions (ISOM), a ministry he continues to fulfill along with his shepherding responsibilities of Christian Church International.

In 2004, God then rose up other godly men to assist him and began his Bachelor of Arts
in Bible and Theology at International Christian Ministries (ICM) Seminary in Kitale, Kenya, currently, Africa Theological Seminary and graduated in 2008. Then, beginning in 2011, he was accepted at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A. and graduated in 2013 with a Master of Art In Christian Ministry.