Preparing to Rebuild the World’s Youngest—and Deadliest—Country

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra | August 18, 2017

It was probably because David Fugoyo finished at the top of his class.

So it wasn’t hard to see his potential—a bright, studious kid from the wrong side of Sudan who had scrambled his way up through private high school and was making his way through Bible college in Khartoum.

“When we were getting to our last semester, there was a couple who came from California to teach,” he said. “I already had in my heart I really wanted to study to do a masters, because I wanted more knowledge so I could be in a better position to teach in a church one day.”

Dennis and Trevecca Okholm were teaching at Nile Theological College (NTC) short-term; Dennis was employed by Azusa Pacific University and Trevecca by a PC(USA) church in California.

One day, after dismissing the students for a short break, Trevecca called Fugoyo back. “She said, ‘My husband and I were discussing you last evening. We have seen in you the ability [to get a graduate degree].”

She told him about Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST), which had been founded in Kenya in 1983. The Okholms had also told Fugoyo about a graduate student who…

To read the rest of this article, visit