Wednesday, October 10, 2007

His name is Sujo John

I talked to Sujo John. He told me his story and I told it through his home town paper. Here it is:

Every person of faith struggles at one time in his life to find deeper meaning and a young Christian immigrant from India was no exception. New to the United States, Sujo John and his wife Mary were an American success story, with well-paying jobs in New York City and a new home just across the river from Manhattan.

In February of 2001, he and his wife both had secured good positions and good salaries in neighboring buildings in downtown Manhattan. But the success left John feeling empty. Six months after his arrival, early one morning at his office, John said he sent an email to a friend from church asking his friend to pray for him because while he was enjoying financial and material success, he said, spiritually, there was a “deep vacuum.”

The email was sent at 8:05a.m.— the date, Sept. 11, 2001.

God, it is said, works in mysterious ways, but for Sujo John and his wife Mary, the mystery of what God wanted for them vanished in the smoke and debris of that terrible day.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Dana said...

Nancy, what a pleasure to read this - you certainly know how to let a story tell and reveal itself.

(And what an amazing couple).

9:19 PM  
Blogger Mike LaRoche said...

Excellent article, Nancy! You should definitely be a newspaper editor.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Aw, thanks you guys. Mike, I did not get the editorship, but I did get some freelance work, which is keeping me busy and sharpening some skills.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous carol said...

Great story, Nancy.

While 9/11 was happening, I remember wondering what was going in in the buildings and assumed we'd eventually be reading more about the survivors. But there is a strange dearth of these stories.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Vivian Louise said...

Oooo, thank you for telling that story, Nancy. And, way so cool that there was another of your stories directly beneath.

8:11 AM  
Blogger kathy said...

that was a wonderful piece Nance

4:28 PM  
Blogger phammonds said...

Nancy:
This was a very moving story. I have a tendency to leave a story about midway through unless I'm enthralled. This one had me till the end. Loved it! What a story of faith and so very cool to see he's still spreading the word.

12:52 PM  

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