Stand by your son: The story of Lopez Lomong's mom

Any mom would be proud to see her son compete in the Olympic Games, but I can’t help but think that for Barb Rogers -- the woman who, together with husband, Rob, adopted Lopez Lomong -- the experience must be especially moving.

As you may know, Lopez is a former “Lost Boy” of Sudan.

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      [SPOILER ALERT] Lopez Lomong runs for Team USA

      SPOILER ALERT: If you do not yet want to know the results of Lopez Lomong's preliminary race, stop reading now.


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      Competing in round 1 of the men's preliminary 5,000-meter race for Team USA, Lopez Lomong placed 4th with a time of 13:26:16. Hayle Ibrahimov (Ethiopia) came in first place, Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya) placed second, and Mohamed Farah (Great Britain) came in third.

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        Lopez Lomong: "The fourth lap, help me God!"

        In the third part of the Lopez Lomong series, Lopez shares his thoughts as he races at the 2007 NCAA 1500m championships. As he runs, Lopez reflects on the role that running has played throughout his life. Previously, running meant escaping rebel soldiers and the harsh realities of life within a refugee camp. As a student and athlete at Northern Arizona University, he dreams that running will be the key to a better life for the lost boys and the people of South Sudan.

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          PHOTOS: Games that will never make it to the Olympics

          Every two years, the world waits in anticipation for the Olympic Games. It is the height of athleticism, competition, and pride in one's country. For athletes who compete in the games, this event can be the realization of dreams or the disappointment of a lifetime.

          All of this fanfare, built around games.

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            Lopez Lomong: September 11, the day I became an American

            In the first installment of the Lopez Lomong series, we shared Lopez's terrifying experience of being ripped away from his parents by rebel soldiers at the age of 6.

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              Lopez Lomong's childhood story of terror

              Today's post is the first in a series that recounts the life story of Lopez Lomong, who will run with Team USA in the London 2012 Olympics, with dreams of bringing home a gold medal.

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                The fatherless epidemic

                Today's post comes from World Vision blogger Matthew Paul Turner, who traveled to Bolivia on our blogger trip last August to experience the work of World Vision and the impact of child sponsorship. Here, he shares one of his encounters from that trip -- and how it changed his perspective on the idea of fatherhood.

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                  Images of fatherhood

                  One father in Burundi struggles to feed his child, but lays down his pride and begs his neighbors for help to feed his son. Another in Mexico leaves his gang and opens a tattoo studio to teach his son and friends about the importance of a non-violent lifestyle. Yet another father in Cambodia starts a new chapter by giving up his alcohol addiction in order to be a better dad and husband.

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                    Here he comes, the violinist!

                    Looking at the photo of 5-year-old Abner and his violin, you might think, “How cute!”

                    But don’t let his gap-toothed smile fool you. Abner is what you might call a child prodigy.

                    Before he could read or write, Abner could play the violin. He picked it up when he was 3, and from that day on, practicing for an hour a day wasn’t a chore -- it was a joy.

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