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Duffee '83 in Sudan

If you are in Lexington today (Wednesday, June 29), you can hear Larry Duffee, a 1983 graduate of Washington and Lee, give a presentation about Sudan.

Larry, who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., sold his food-supply business to become an Episcopal missionary. He has been stationed at the headquarters of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, in Juba, since May of last year. He’s backed by the Diocese of Virginia and the church’s missionary program. He works to build peace, to help develop the finances of the Sudanese church and to maintain the church’s international partnerships. Larry plans to be in Sudan on July 9, when it becomes two countries.

And he’s been blogging about his experiences. Read his latest entry, “The Night Train to Mombasa,” at Duffman in Africa. “When I turned out the light around 10pm to go to bed the outside world became alive thanks to the three-quarters full moon which shone brightly upon the Kenyan landscape,” he writes of his journey. “I dropped the screen covering the window and pressed my face to the edge of the darkness, standing a full hour watching Kenya pass by.”

Larry’s talk, which is open to the public, takes place at noon today in the parish hall of the R.E. Lee Memorial Church. Please call the church beforehand at (540) 463-4981 so they’ll have enough chairs. You can bring your lunch, and the church will provide iced tea, coffee and dessert.

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