“The Good Lie” got a screening at the First United Methodist Church on 118 King St., St. Augustine, FL, this last Saturday, August 29th. The event was sponsored by The Golden Way: Films that Make a Difference, an arm of the St. Augustine Film Society. The mission of The Golden Way is to show films that discuss social themes with the hope of giving attendees a better understanding and appreciation of the differences that make up the human family.
The organization was pleased and honored to have Peter Ter at the screening, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, as the special guest. Ter’s remarkable story was told in the book “The Journey of the Lost Boys” by Joan Hecht.
The Lost Boy’s experience, is seen in the film, and is a story of determination and courage. Just small children when they fled the invasion of their villages after witnessing the slaughter of family members and friends, they started a trek across the continent where thousands died.
Later, many were sponsored by a church based organization and brought to the U.S. to resettle. Ter was one of those boys. He was resettled in Jacksonville.
Determined to educate himself, Ter received his GED, an associates degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida, and later two master’s degrees from Brandeis University. One in sustainable international development and the other in coexistence and conflict resolution.
Determined to pay it back, he served in the Peace Corps for two tours of duty in the Republic of Azerbaijan and the People’s Republic of China.
He will return to a new assignment September 2015 in the Republic of Georgia. Ter credits part of his success to the many people who have adopted him along his journey.