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“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.”
As Seventh-day Adventists, the fourth commandment is core to our beliefs and values. It’s a call to Sabbath rest that suggests that the Sabbath is the great equalizer—our employees and the foreigner find rest just as we do. The Sabbath rest dismantles hierarchy, social class and nationality. And it is within this context that I bring you the story of Wol Bol Wol, an Andrews University student who came to the U.S. as a South Sudan refugee—he was one of the “lost boys of Sudan.” At the age of 4, Wol was a shepherd. At the age of 6, he witnessed the plundering of the village where he lived with his uncle. Eventually he took refuge in Kenya. Wol was a refugee and a stranger. He is now a son of Andrews and a stranger no more! Wol’s story demonstrates the spirit of Andrews. Read his full story (and others like his) in Stories of Andrews at andrews.edu/stories. Christon Arthur
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