Peter Garang Deng
Peter Garang Deng came on staff with African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) in Lietnhom, Sudan as the Regional Coordinator for the Bahr El-Ghazal region in July, 2009.
I am a South Sudanese citizen, born on July 1, 1974, in Jonglei State Twic East County Maar Pakeer Payam. I have one wife, Mary, and together we have four children. I am a 2008 graduate of Pan Africa Christian University Nairobi, Kenya.
I came to know Christ in 1988 in Ethiopia where we had been hosted as lost boys minors. I left my home at 11 years old and was not a Christian. My parents used to worship a traditional god call “deng-yath,” the god of the rain. This god had to be given sacrifices each year. Hence, as I had witnessed before I left home, it cost my father many cows. While in Ethiopia one of the church teachers, Daniel Matiop Aguer, one day approached me and witnessed to me about Christ. He quoted Matthew 25:31-46, saying that on the Day of Judgment, God will separate the sheep and the goats. This happened on a Saturday night, 1988. I had to make sure Daniel took me to Church on Sunday the following day as I confessed before congregation that I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I was the first person to accept Christ in my family.
I came to meet my wife, Mary, in the church when we were younger. We used to see each other and smile at one another. This eventually led to us becoming engaged in a place called Newcush, in South Sudan. This engagement resulted in our marriage on January 23, 2001. We now have four children—two sons and two daughters.
My call into full-time ministry comes as a great passion for longing to serve Christ. God put in my heart to see people being transformed in all aspects of their life, holistically, including their spiritual conviction of Christ Jesus, and their social, physical, economical and psychological well being as well.