Hello! My name is Nyarietni Gatluak Both. I was born in 1998 in the Tony Village of Rubkoni County in South Sudan. My mother was killed in the Sudan Civil War in 2001 when I was only three years old. My father was a soldier but has quit his service in the army. He works selling charcoal but he uses all of the money he gets to buy alcohol to drink. I live with my uncle who is a truck driver. He has over 15 children and is only able to provide food for us. We eat two meals a day in the rainy season, when there is enough grain, and one meal a day in the dry season.
In 2003 I was forced to attend the Muslim school where I became a Muslim and studied the Qur’an every day. But in 2006 the government ordered that all Muslim schools be shut down. We were told that we could join the Good Hope Academy in Bentiu that was built by the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan. I joined the school in 2006 in Grade 1. That year I also received Jesus Christ as my savior who died for my sins on the cross. Now I serve as a choir member of the Bentiu Congregation.
My ambition is to graduate as a teacher and continue teaching here at Good Hope Academy so I can educate more children. My second choice it to be a doctor.
My school uniform, exercise book, pens and school fees are all paid for by the Good Hope Academy. They told us that the money for these things was donated by ECC congregations and people in the United States and Canada. We say thank you to those congregations and wish them ample blessings! We pray to God to keep those people strong and healthy. We pray for the prosperity of their jobs, for the welfare of their families and for their kids whom they love like us.