The Good Lie


Presbyterian World Mission Encourages Congregations to Host an Event and Discussion About the Movie “The Good Lie.”

The movie, which opens in theaters October 3rd, focuses on the “Lost Boys,” who were orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, beginning in 1983. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

Philippe Falardeau has written a moving screenplay which stars Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon alongside Sudanese actors, and children of war, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel.

Mamere and Theo are sons of the chief in their village in Southern Sudan.  When an attack by Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, eldest son Theo is forced to lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, on the difficult trek to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America.  Upon arriving in Kansas, they are met by Carrie Davis (Witherspoon), an employment agency counselor who has been enlisted to help find them jobs—no easy task, when things like light switches and telephones are brand new to them.


Warner Brothers offered a few members of Presbyterian World Mission a sneak preview of the movie and we were moved by the story. It’s a wonderful opportunity to invite your congregation, other churches and your community, to see and share a vivid reenactment of life in Sudan. The movie is rated PG-13 because of some scenes of violence.


The movie opens in most theaters nationwide on October 3rd. For movie resources, click on:


If you decide to host a discussion group to talk about the movie, World Mission will supply mission co-workers, who have lived in Sudan, to speak to your audience.


This is an opportunity for your congregation to learn more about the South Sudan Education & Peacemaking Project. With its partners, Presbyterian World Mission has committed to providing quality education for children in South Sudan that instills Christian values, respect for women, loving our neighbor despite ethnic differences, and service to others. The goal is to help the country gain its educational footing while helping to foster a sustainable culture of peace. Attached is a summary of the project, along with a link for those who are interested in supporting it.

For more information, contact Kathy Melvin in World Mission, (502) 569-5415 or email her at

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