Fakhry Khulfan, a Sudanese refugee, is a graduate of BCA. He is currently a senior at the University of Memphis where he plays forward for their soccer team.
He says of BCA, “I liked the fact that everyone at the school cared about each and every student and that the prayer partners played a big role in shaping our lives.”
Aro Nebk, a Sudanese Refugee, attended French Camp Academy, after graduating from BCA, where he led the football team to the state championship competition. After graduating from high school, he was recruited by Bethel College where he plays football and has maintained a 2.9 GPA. He says of BCA, “I loved BCA because the teachers genuinely cared about us.” Today, his prayer partners from BCA are still involved in his life.
Keith Dawson, a graduate of BCA, graduated from CBHS where he was involved in track and wrestling. He is currently attending Southwest Community College. He was mentored by his BCA prayer partner throughout his school years.
Sierra Hughes is a graduate of BCA and French Camp Academy. Sierra graduated from Itawamba Community College and is currently enrolled in the Baptist School of Nursing. Sierra says, “The staff at BCA was always so willing to help you if you were willing to make positive changes for yourself.”
Cortez Johnson, graduate of BCA, is currently a senior at French Camp Academy where he maintains a 3.8 average. He is a leader on the football team and was selected for the MAC all-state football team for defense for class 1A. This school year, Cortez has been busy visiting colleges including: Lambeth University and University of Tennessee at Martin. Cortez maintains close relationships with teachers and volunteers from BCA and is still mentored and supported by his BCA prayer partner.
Ceasar Lomo and his family moved to the United States in 2001 when he was 12 years old. Ceasar enrolled at BCA (formerly The Neighborhood School) where he attended 7th grade. In addition to the normal challenges any middle schooler faces, he admits that the transition was very difficult because of the many cultural barriers he and his family faced, but over time, he was able to connect and make friends.
“People learn to get along. There are a good number of Sudanese people here (at Binghampton Christian Academy). We all looked to each other as students trying to learn together.”
During his time at BCA, Ceasar gained a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with his prayer partner- Britton Laughlin. As they grew closer through prayer, class parties, and special outings, Britton’s entire family wanted to meet Ceasar’s mom and siblings. Since that time, Mrs. Lomo and Mrs. Laughlin have remained close friends. The Laughlin’s gave Ceasar his first car and were very instrumental in helping him and his cousins enroll at Evangelical Christian School (ECS).
“They have just been a blessing to our family.”
Ceasar went on to attend 8th-12th grade at ECS where he played soccer and achieved academic success. Today, Ceasar continues to attend Second Presbyterian Church- where he and his mother first attended church when they moved to the States. He works at the Memphis Zoo as an interpreter. He also spends time as a volunteer for University of Memphis’ inner varsity program where he assists students in the exchange program with the cultural transition- connecting them to other students, hosting parties, and serving as a mentor throughout their stay.
In addition to his work and volunteer service, Ceasar continues to be a positive role model to Binghampton Christian Academy students today. When he visits campus, all of the younger students know who he is and look up to him.
Rogelio Duarte lived in the residential facility at BCA with his two younger brothers after his mother died of cancer. Because his father is in Mexico and can not return to Memphis, three couples from Second Presbyterian church shared temporary custody. Rogelio graduated from French Camp Academy in May 2014 and is now attending Mississippi State University on scholarship. He is the first member of his family to attend college. His father cried when he heard the news. To hear more about Rogelio’s journey, please check out this video created by Binghampton Christian Academy partner- Second Presbyterian Church: