Former Child Soldier Honored for S. Sudan Work

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Evangelical Bishop Elias Taban of South Sudan has been awarded the prestigious Global Citizen Award by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Each year the CGI recognizes outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship and devise solutions that effect positive, lasting social change. Bishop Taban will be recognized in a private ceremony on Sept. 25.

Taban was an enslaved child soldier during Sudan's bloody civil wars. He suffered a brutal and impoverished childhood but now spreads the gospel throughout Africa after coming to know Jesus Christ.

"If I had not accepted Jesus as my personal savior, I don't know what would have happened," he told CBN's David Brody on "The Brody File."

"That's a question for myself, and because of this, I keep on thanking Jesus for accepting me as a sinner and delivering me from my sins," he said.

Bishop Taban has also provided key humanitarian assistance to the South Sudanese through his water wells, orphanages, health clinics, and schools across the newly formed country.

Bishop Taban has a remarkable story. Despite a brutal childhood as an enslaved child solder, he came to know Jesus Christ as his savior. At one point, he was sentenced to death for his faith. Hear more of his story, as seen on The Brody File.

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