A Sudanese “Lost Boy” Finds New Family, Home with The Salvation Army

Do you ever wonder, “Who are those people who ring the bells alongside Salvation Army Red Kettles every holiday season? What is it that motivates each of them to serve?”

What makes many of these faithful servants unique is that many bell ringers have been on the other side of the social service system. They have first-hand experience at homelessness and going without – bell ringers like Peter Adup, one of the “lost boys” from Sudan who escaped to the U.S. as a teenager when his entire family perished due to political strife. He has no immediate family left, but The Salvation Army has become his family.

He currently resides at a Salvation Army homeless shelter, where he’s working to get back on his feet with gainful employment – perhaps even as a Salvation Army officer one day! In his free time, he volunteers every chance he gets, including as a bell ringer.

Peter Adup is recognized as Southern California's "Bellringer of the Year." (Photo from Salvation Army of Southern California's Facebook album.)

For three years in a row now he’s been stationed at one of the highest trafficked kettles in Los Angeles.
Due to his contagious smile and amazing energy, his has one of the most successful kettles in town.

Despite all of the hardship Peter has faced in his home land – or perhaps because it – Peter’s desire is to pursue full-time ministry and return to Africa as a missionary.

His amazing attitude and contagious energy are evident to all, and those are just a few of the reasons the Southern California Division has named him “Bell Ringer of the Year.”

His is an inspiring story of triumphing despite all odds.

Information submitted by Dawn Wright from The Salvation Army USA’s Southern California Division. Thanks Dawn!

3 Comments on “A Sudanese “Lost Boy” Finds New Family, Home with The Salvation Army

  1. what a great story about a lovely individual…congratulations to him!

  2. Today I donated to the Ming ave Salvation Army store in Bakersfield, Ca instead of the Good Will, but I was sadly surprised at the deplorable conditions of the donation site. The stairs which I and the man recieving the donation had to climb, were in bad condition. The area to drop off my donations looked very shady. It is no wonder there was a line of car’s dropping of stuff at the Good Will, on(White Lane) they provide a more pleasant work enviroment for their staff for starts. I’m ashamed as a Christian that the Salvation Army does’nt care for their staff. Has the Salvation Army heard of urgonomics, safety at work? Just because people are poor, doesn’t mean they should have a shody work envirement. I sure wouldn’t want to work there. I have a friend on Facebook who works @ the Salvation Army, otherwise I would have taken my donations to the Good Will, like I always do. It’s sad that a Christian Organization is such a deplorable place, I know Jesus wouldn’t want to work there either.

  3. Sharon, thanks for your honest feedback. We very much appreciate your donations, and please know that they will go to support very worthwhile programs in your community. However, we’re sorry that your experience was less than stellar. I’ve made the appropriate staff person here at National Headquarters aware of your comment and she will pass it on to The Salvation Army in your local area. Again, thanks for your support, and we hope your next experience will be better!

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