Two dramatic stories to be presented at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe


Two guests with dramatic stories and positive messages will speak at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Alepho Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, survived genocide in his native Sudan, nine years in a Kenyan refugee camp in Kenya and a 1,000-mile trek through war-torn Africa before coming to the United States. In America, he has managed to thrive in an environment as foreign to him as his Sudanese background would be to us. Deng co-wrote a best-selling book, “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky,” popular among students and adults alike, which has become the basis for a soon-to-be-released movie starring Reese Witherspoon. His experiences and insights will inform and inspire as he shares his life’s journeys.

Dr. Jeff Salz’s life as a mountain climber has led to careers as a professional expedition leader, a cultural anthropologist, and a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies. In the course of leading extreme climbs and expeditions for the past 40 years, Salz has discovered many things about himself and about the world around him. Through humor and poignant anecdotes, he will enthrall the audience with his story as he also shares his most important discovery.

Salz and Deng will be speaking at a Village Viewpoints event in the Fellowship Center of the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe (6225 Paseo Delicias).

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include time for audience questions. Advance ticket pricing of $20 will be available until 5 p.m. Sept. 24. After that time, tickets will be $25. Student tickets are available at $10 each. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 858-381-8070.

Viewpoints is co-presented by The Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.