Mathew Aguto Kuoi Dut Majak
was born in 1947 in Bor, Jonglei State, South Sudan in the Payam of Jalle, Boma of Akuaideng. He is a member of a traditional South Sudanese polygamous family. His grandfather Dut Majak had four wives and Kuoi Dut, his father, had six children with his first wife: three sons and three daughters. Matthew was the youngest and lived with his family in two thatched-roof rooms; one for men and the other for women.
His father died before he was born. Therefore, he was called Aguto, which means sorrow. His elder brother led the family after his father’s death until he too died after a snake bit him. None of the children went to school and his mother had Matthew look after the cattle. When he was thirteen years old, his mother died too, and he decided that he must go to school. When he was fourteen years old he became the first person in his family to attend school, when he travelled to Khartoum by steamer, to start evening classes, where he learned to read, write, and speak English. During the day, Matthew worked at a factory to support himself. The evening classes took place in the compound of the Anglican Church and he began participating in Bible classes. It is there that he learned about the God of love, the one actual creator who did not require anything.
Matthew went on to study theology and started the Pentecostal Church in Bor.
On December 15, 2013, fighting broke out in Juba city, and spread to Bor town, Malakal city, and Bentiu city, so Matthew took his family to a Ugandan border refugee camp for safety and after a long time he moved to Australia with his children.
Over a long career, he rose to the highest rank in the Pentecostal Church; that of an Overseer.
He retired from services in 2012.
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