God Fulfills Promises.
In January 2022, OneLife Africa was joined by a team from Redeemer Lutheran Church, Damascus, Maryland for a mission outreach in Kenya. The time in Nairobi was spent visiting students families in Mathare slums. In Nakuru, the team facilitated a one week University student discipleship camp, while in Narok county, we were welcomed by community elders to a Maasai village. We visited, prayed and sang about Jesus our everlasting Hope. Looking at the events that surround us today, we can all agree that our hope is based on nothing less but Jesus Christ. In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, class of 2021 graduated from various Universities. Zakayo Omusugu (Zak) graduated from Kabarak University in December 2021. He was sponsored and mentored by OneLife Africa in secondary and throughout his university studies; one of the nine boys that attended the first LEAD Program in 2018; while attending classes at Kabarak University, Zak was actively involved in the operations of the OneLife Africa Student Campus.
Zak was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the OneLife Africa Newsletter. In that article, Zak shared his personal story of how he joined OneLife Africa. As part of a large polygamous family with many children, he and his mother and siblings struggled to find food and security. Psalm 55:22, “Cast all your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” This scripture has been a source of great encouragement for Zak. With the support of OneLife Africa, Zak’s aspiration to pursue an education has become a reality at a level few in his community have realized.
It is said that nothing happens in a vacuum and Zak’s achievement is no different. Through the fog of distance and culture it can be hard for OneLife Africa supporters to see the far reaching effect of their generosity when combined with persistence and hard work on part of the student. We got but a glimpse of this from recent events subsequent to Zak’s graduation. He shared that on his return home from Camp on January 15th there was a community wide celebration held in honor of his graduation with over 300 people in attendance.
Another of Zak’s favorite scripture quoted in the 2018 Newsletter speaks powerfully into these events; “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (I Peter 5:7)” Who could have imagined such an outpouring of honor! God’s timing is always perfect and his blessings even more than we can imagine. Zak also stated in the 2018 article, “. . .God used OLA to make my way visible, straight and clear. I have discovered the dreams I have for my life and now, with God, I can make them a reality.” Congratulation to Zak and all the recent graduates. All glory to God for His blessing in making their dreams a reality