First and foremost I would like to give thanks to God for bringing Blessed to Bless (B2B) into my life – I am on my knees.
I was just a boy, like any other boy; a boy without any hope or future dreams; a boy who used to hang around in the compound, picking up food of any kind on the road or wherever I could find it – searching for scraps which people might have dropped. I was a boy without a vision; I had never seen my father or my father’s family. I spent the early years of my life living like a nomad.
For the first nine years of my life I didn’t go to school. I hated the thought of school, as I didn’t have anyone to stand up for me. When I started at Manyando Community School (MCS) I had many questions in my mind. When my mother was alive she was strong, and used to work hard to bring food for us. It was painful for me to see my friends chatting with their fathers, and I longed to have a father. My grandma couldn’t manage to pay for school fees, as the money she had was spent on rent and food. When I was ten years old my mother passed away and our life became tougher; I almost stopped attending school and lost interest in education. Although I continued to attend, I had negative thoughts and feelings about school: I was bullied because I was so poor and always hungry.
During this time I used to go to church, but I didn’t know God, or the purpose of life. I did not know that God had planned my life and education in advance.
Does God exist? Absolutely He does! I have seen Him working in my life through Blessed to Bless. My sponsor Mum committed herself to support me up to college level. God used her to accomplish His purpose in me. Now I have a different view of education: the commitment and support that I have received has made a huge impact on me, and my achievements.
Jesus Christ has removed shame from my life by the commitment of the Blessed to Bless staff and their great vision of improving education for underprivileged children in Zambia.
As I write, I am one of the happiest people, knowing I am supported by Blessed to Bless. Every time I think about the support from my sponsor Mum, I am moved to tears. I am very glad that I will be a teacher – a career that has been my dream since Grade 8.
Now I am learning more of what it is to be a Christ-centred teacher. Through my sponsor and Blessed to Bless I was sent to a Christian college, where my heart and mind have been changed from the humanistic way of thinking to Christ-like thinking. This year I have made the significant decision to join the B2B team, to be a part of what God is doing with their lives. I have decided to join not because of the support I have received from them, but because of Christ who has called them to be missionaries in Zambia – and especially because of the children at Ipalo Christian Community School. Many of these children come from broken families, and have a similar background to me. It makes sense that I should teach these children as I understand the things they are going through. I will be there until God tells me ‘it is done, or finished’, and then I will move on – only when it is God’s time.
Blessed to Bless has done a tremendous job – especially for a boy who had no vision at all and no hope or dream for my life. I never dreamt I would become a teacher: but when I look back and see the changes in my life – the difference is that I have received Christ. Christ in me is the hope of glory. I no longer live alone, but Christ lives in me.
I thank my sponsor and Blessed to Bless for everything they have done in my life – for educating me, and for the financial support. I always ask God why I have received this help, and the answer I receive comes from words in the Bible – Romans 8: 28-32, Jeremiah 1: 4-5, 29: 11, and 33: 3. The Blessed to Bless sponsorship program has brought an education to me, which is a priority for all Zambian children to change their lives.