By Annie Milanzi
In telling my incredible story of success, I cannot tell it exclusive of Cornerstone Ministries Malawi. I knew Cornerstone in 2016 when I was on the verge of dropping out of school due to lack of school fees at Salima secondary school. At such a time when I was in need, Cornerstone came and rescued me.
After writing my secondary school examinations, I had no hope of going into university as my parents could not manage to pay my tuition fees on their own. This is when Cornerstone, again, came to save me.
I am now a freshman at African Bible College, and this is my story:
The first semester at African Bible College (ABC) has been a combination of happiness and stress. The happiness comes because ABC has changed my social status from a mere Form four school leaver to that of a university student. It is also deepening my Christian life as I am going through the book of Genesis. My performance has been encouraging to me, my family, ABC, and Cornerstone. For example, I felt on top of the world when I scored 91% in a module. I thank God for what He is doing for me.
The highlight of my life at ABC was the day I was given a chance to share my testimony at the ABC Morning chapel service. I narrated my life story which in some way related to the stories of most students on campus. My story is a demonstration of how, like many students, Christ has picked us from our poverty stricken backgrounds and exalted us for His glory. After my testimony, I felt encouraged as brothers and sisters hugged me. At that moment, I wished my parents were there to witness see how their daughter was hailed and celebrated.
Nevertheless, my first-semester experience has not been stress-free. For example, so many questions raced through my mind-what if my parents do not raise the required amount? How long shall I be eating out due to failure to meet the required percentage of tuition? What if I don’t find accommodation on the campus? At times I am on my knees praying and tears wash my face. Despite my fears, my first semester has been wonderful and full of success stories which inspire me to thirst for God more.
As a student, the hardest experience at African Bible College is how to raise school fees. To those with prospects of going into university, I would like to encourage them to trust in God more than their own ability as Proverb 3:5-6 says; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
My vision is to change the world especially working to improve the lives of young people. I would like to preach to them and direct them to the right path in life. Not only that but also help to pay school fees for needy students in the same way Cornerstone is helping shape my story. I am certain that will that, I will take my part in shaping a generation of Malawians who are ready to take up challenges and develop themselves and those around them.
My name is Annie Milanzi, and this is my story!
- Annie is one of the four students being sponsored by Cornerstone Ministries Malawi at African Bible College.