Stephen was born in a slum area.
The indigenous partner of GTi HOPE (GTI), provided the curriculum and trained teachers for a church in the area which conducted a CBS that Stephen attended. Stephen wanted to learn more about the true light – but could not read or write.
A few years later he attended literacy classes whose teachers were trained by our indigenous partner. These classes ran two hours a night, five nights a week for ten months. He graduated and was awarded his first book – the Bible.
Stephen felt concerned for all the people living in his slum because they had never heard about the true light or true God who loved them.
With this additional knowledge, Stephen felt concerned for all the people living in his slum because they had never heard about the true light or true God who loved them.
He decided to apply to become a student in the Church Leader Training Program offered through our indigenous partner and was accepted. After graduating, the area where God led him to start a fellowship was the very slum in which he had been born and continued to live.
Stephen’s life has come full circle: the slum boy who first came to know the true light at Children’s Bible School now shares the love of the true God with other slum children by conducting VBS in his own church which, incidentally, is located in the slum in which he was born!
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