My name is Joe. I am the last boy in a family of six. I attended Banjolat Friendship Academy, Ipetu- Ijesa, Ogun State then I came to Jos to finish my secondary education at the Royal Ambassadors College, Jos. While in secondary school, I kept bad friends—we would drink and go to parties. As a teen, I loved girls which I thought was normal but I never had sex with any of them because I was scared.
In 2008, I came to Mashiah Foundation because my parents saw a friend that I sometimes relate with in the neighborhood. He is very different from the other friends I had and they (my parents) saw that he was good for me to mingle with. I found out that he works at the youth department of Mashiah Foundation. He introduced me to the training centre. My life changed through the discipleship teachings I’ve been getting. I stopped drinking, chasing after girls and was able to start seeing them as I saw my sisters. I also stopped partying. Coming to Mashiah Foundation has really increased my focus in life, made me know God the more.
I am still a student and I am trusting God for admission to further my education in any of the universities or polytechnics around. I am ever grateful for being part of the family.
My name is Chollom Choji. Before I came to Mashiah Foundation Leadership and Computer Institute, I was into partying and taking alcohol at these parties I attended. I loved girls and enjoying having girlfriends around me. I can miss church just to go partying or clubbing.
Now, whenever I hear my friends telling me to go to a party with them or telling me about the parties they have attended, something in my mind keeps telling me to be strong even though I miss going to parties. The thing which I strongly believe is the quiet voice of God telling me to stop and check my life and change my behaviours for good. The teaching I have received and am still receiving from the Institute reminds me daily of the need to change my life. Anytime my friends come to ask me to go with them, I ask them to go away. I now go to church, not only on Sundays, but I try to go daily.
I believe and am trusting God to complete that which He has started in my life.
I’m 21 years old. I used to find it difficult to forgive. When I had a quarrel with my dad, I thought I could not forgive my dad. I have learned to forgive my dad, and I’ve also learned to love due to the teaching I’ve received during the discipleship class.
I also fought with myself on the spirit of pride which under God I’ve been able to stop and now see the good in others. Due to my pride, I wasn’t able to see the need to say sorry and I held a grudge against someone in my house for over a year.
I’m grateful to the Youth Ministry for being part of the positive change in my life. Now I can say sorry when I wrong someone without feeling or holding any grudge against that person. I’m also grateful for the patience of the instructors in the computer laboratory. Because of them, I can now operate the computer.