Inside MAI Blog: Thoughts on global publishing
I’m looking forward to the Christmas release of "Unbroken"—a film about Olympic miler and World War II hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini.
Against all odds, Louie survived 47 days on a life raft in the Pacific and months of cruel treatment in Japanese POW camps. After the war he came to faith in Christ and returned to Japan to personally forgive his captors.
The publicity calls this a tale of survival, resilience and redemption. At a recent MAI writer workshop, I met 12 South Sudanese with a very similar story.
All had suffered through 20 years of civil war. One was a former child soldier, another a so-called "lost boy." One man’s father died from a poison-tipped spear. Recent fighting had displaced most from their homes.
They could have been crushed by their circumstances or consumed by revenge. But here they were—"unbroken," writing words of healing and renewal for the people of South Sudan.
"Many of our friends and relatives have been killed in this war," Bishop Joseph Garang Atem explained. "If we dwell on the hurts of the past, we’ll never get anywhere. We’ll never build up our new country."
Their work on Prayers for South Sudan, Stories from South Sudan, and Letters to Our Children is now almost finished. Hope and healing are the books’ themes.
You can make a difference
In many countries like South Sudan, powerful Zamperini-like stories are just waiting to be told. But without MAI’s training and encouragement for local writers and publishers, that may never happen. Since June, we’ve held training in 13 countries for 218 talented men and women.
Will you help us further the creation of "homegrown" Christian books and articles in South Sudan and other hard places? Your gift will help bring hope to readers. You may give online or send your gift through the mail.
Whether or not you see the Zamperini movie, please remember to pray for the "unbroken" writers of South Sudan—that their books bring glory to our King born in a manger.
P.S. You can see and hear from the South Sudanese writers in MAI's 10-minute video.
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- December 19, 2014 "Unbroken" Writers
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- September 23, 2014 Reaching readers comes with risks