Rebecca Deng is originally from South Sudan. She is a Program Development Associate with American Bible Society’s Mission Trauma Healing which do Bible-based trauma healing to Great Lakes Africa, Middle East and Americas. Her expertise is in development, education, governance, and peace and conflict mitigation. Rebecca came to the United States as a former Lost Girl of Sudan after living for eight years in Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. The violence she experienced as a child during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005) has given her a deep empathy for children and young adults who face similar situations today. She was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2006. She holds a BA from Calvin College in international development, with a minor in social work, and an MA in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In 2007 she spent a semester studying with ISDSI in Thailand, where she also volunteered in a refugee camp for Burmese. As an intern with USAID, she developed the agency’s working document for outreach to the diaspora of Sudan and South Sudan. In 2011, she led a team of sixty-five Referendum workers to administer the Out of the Country Voting Center for the South Sudanese Independence Referendum. She also designed a teachers’ training curriculum for Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) for use in the Upper Nile and Southern Blue Nile regions. In 2012 she reviewed and evaluated grant applications for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. She has been a participant and trainer with the LIRS Refugee Leadership Academy. Rebecca is also a wife and mother. She and her husband, Jordan Roeda, live in Holland, Michigan. She loves travel, hiking, good conversation, and international cuisine. She speaks Dinka, English, Arabic, Swahili, and Thai.