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U.S. Olympic Star Lopez Lomong visits Houston

October 10, 2012

Former Sudan Lost Boy & US Olympian in Texas this weekend to support partnership between Lakewood Church and World Vision

All Part of Effort to Benefit Children in South Sudan

Lakewood Church – October 13, 2012

Promise Paks (flyer PDF)October 10, 2012 (Seattle, WA) – U.S. Olympian and former Lost Boy Lopez Lomong will be in Houston this weekend to help volunteers at Lakewood Church assemble World Vision Promise Packs in an effort to help children living in extreme poverty in South Sudan. Lomong and his charity 4South Sudan is partnering with international Christian charity World Vision.

On Saturday morning, Lomong will visit Lakewood Church and share part of his inspirational story.

At six, Lopez was kidnapped from his Sudan village and held captive as he was being prepped as a child soldier. Too small to undergo training, his fate would most likely have been starvation. But he escaped with the help of three other captives. After running three days and nights, they were captured by Kenyan troops and brought to a refugee camp where Lopez lived for 10 years. He was brought to this country by a US family and soon discovered how fast he was. In 2008, Lomong qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the men’s 1,500 meters. He was voted by his teammates as the flag bearer in the Opening Ceremonies. In August, Lomong competed in his second Summer Games in London, this time in the 5,000 meter where he finished tenth. Lomong says, “I learned a lot in that race. I’ll be back in four years, smarter and stronger. I’ll be back”

Lopez is confirmed to arrive in Houston Friday October 12th at 5pm, departing Sunday, October 14th at 6pm. The event on Saturday at Lakewood. Church is Saturday from 8am-12pm. World Vision Promise Packs empower orphans and at-risk children in Africa.

Schedule:
Saturday, October 13
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon) – Promise Pack Event at Lakewood

Sunday, October 14
Attend Lakewood Church service (8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. service times)

Contact info:
Dana Buck, Kits Team Director 425-241-1842
Joanna Kimes, Kits Team Event Specialist 206.251.2894

Lakewood Church:
3700 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

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