Growing a Dream
Growing up in a densely populated neighborhood lacking infrastructure and basic resources, Michael saw very little to hope for.
“As a boy, you knew that you were either going to be a footballer or a criminal,” says Michael. He had friends whose fathers were gang members and, later in life, some of his friends joined gangs. He was determined not to be like them.
“I knew early enough that I wanted a different life for myself.”
While Michael saw many examples on the streets of what to avoid, he saw examples of what to look up to at his Compassion center. He received strong guidance and encouragement from the center staff. One moment remains a strong memory: After taking his final primary school exam, he was not happy with his results. But the center director noticed and sat down to encourage the disappointed boy.
“He was the first man to begin speaking into my life. I did not do well in my final exam, but he reminded me that life is not a sprint.”
Those words gave Michael a different perspective when he went to high school. Upon graduation, he became a part-time teacher at the church, where he stayed until 2012, when he went on to join a teachers’ training college.
“The chance to teach at the church was the first step to my becoming a teacher,” says Michael. “I did not have clarity on what I wanted to do with my life, but that opportunity changed the course of my life.”
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