God Grew Tired of Us (Film)
Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, God Grew Tired of Us explores the indomitable spirit of three Lost Boys from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversities and move to America, where they build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping the friends and family they left behind.
While John Dau was the subject of the documentary, the John Dau Foundation did not produce and does not own the rights to the movie. It was produced by National Geographic and Newmarket Films, which was subsequently bought by Exclusive Media/AMBI Distribution.
God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir by John Bul Dau
This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracle – indeed, a whole series of miracles. One of the uprooted youngsters known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, John Bul Dau was 12 years old when civil war ravaged his village and shattered its age-old society, a life of herding and agriculture marked by dignity, respect and the simple virtues of Dinka tribal tradition. As tracer bullets split the night and mortar shells exploded around him, John fled into the darkness – the first terrified moments of a journey that would lead him thousands of miles into an exile that was to last many years.
John's memoir of his Dinka childhood shows African life and values at their best, while his searing account of hardship, famine and war also testifies to human resilience and kindness.
Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan
One of thousands of children who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived hunger, exhaustion and violence over the course of his childhood and adolescence. His wife Martha endured similar hardships. In this memorable book, the two convey the best of African values while relating searing accounts of famine and war. There’s warmth as well in their humorous tales of adapting to American life. For its importance as a primary source, for its inclusion of the rarely told female perspective of Sudan’s lost children, and for its celebration of human resilience, this is the perfect story to inform and inspire young readers.
Partnering Together: A Church Doing Mission Work in South Sudan
Written by John Dau Foundation Secretary of the Board Craig Lindsey, this is a story of people acting in faith. At the time this story began, First Presbyterian Church, like most religious congregations in America, was struggling with identity, seeking to make a difference in the world. There was no plan at the U.S. State Department, in Sudan, in the Presbyterian Church USA as a denomination, or in Skaneateles, New York regarding what needed to be done in South Sudan, who would do it, how it would be done, or at what cost. All that was known was that there were open questions.
Aside from a dozen years of peace, civil war has raged since 1956 in South Sudan. Not only has the population been impoverished and at risk of disease due to isolation and lack of inoculation, South Sudan has lacked the proper infrastructure to receive supplies. At the time First Presbyterian Church started on its mission, there was not even yet any recognized government by which to gain access to information or permission to operate. Environmental conditions generally limit any access to six months per year; all Western knowledge of locations, resources, conditions and people were anecdotal from child refugees who escaped these circumstances in a time of trauma.
The leadership of First Presbyterian Church had no agenda for involvement in this mission. We were asked to provide resources for sponsorship of refugees for a limited time, but that relationship of trust has become a partnership – a faith calling.