From Director’s Desk
Dear Brothers and Sisters
We are very thankful for your prayers and support to the children in our home. We are happy to celebrate Esther Luka, on of our family of Martyrs. Esther came along with her brothers who left our home after their secondary education. Esther lost her mother while still at Stephens Children Home. She was a good student and now one of our joy. We are grateful to all our friends and supporters who continue to be a channel of blessings to the Children at Stephens Children Home. May the Lord Jesus bless you all.
My name is Luka Esther Nvou. I was born in Plateau state but I’d say I have spent most of my years till date in Abeokuta, Ogun state. I was brought to Abeokuta in the year 2004 to study at Stephen Centre International while I lived at the home, Stephens Children Home.
This adventure began when my dad was murdered during the religious crisis in Plateau state in the year 2001. However, I really have put that behind me and moved on and besides, that history is more of a macabre. Since I lost my dad, life at first became almost worthless as my mum had almost nothing left to cater for us. She worked hard to make ends meet. Then I was brought to Abeokuta by Rev. Isaac Newton Wusu and since then life has been easier than I could have ever imagined. I was brought for a full scholarship which covered my Primary and Secondary education as well as feeding, accommodation, clothing and many other benefits which I enjoyed. At first, leaving home for a rather far place wasn’t pleasing but now I’d like to say “it is the best home away from home”.
At Stephen Centre, with God and with the help of our guardians, I performed well academically and was greatly encouraged by many. I was presented awards at school and in the home alongside other children we were occasionally taken out just as a means of encouragement. All thanks to my Big Daddy, Rev. Isaac.
Also, many other opportunities began to flow down my side. After my Secondary education, I thought about what next I could do with my life, although I was putting all my trust in God that our Big uncle will help me to also go through the University, I was granted once again another great opportunity. I was offered a scholarship into a private University, Landmark University by David Oyedepo Foundation (DOF). In all my life, I have dreamt dreams but never one of studying in a fancy private University, and now I am a graduate with a degree in Microbiology. It was a really great privilege and I just couldn’t be more grateful to study in such a prestigious institution.
First of all, I return all the glory to the almighty God who has made it possible for me to be here today and for using these very amazing people to bless me as well as meeting me at the point of my needs.
Secondly, to my lovely father, Rev. Isaac Newton Wusu who took care of me like his own blood and over 400 others. I don’t know what my story would be today if Stephens Children Home didn’t take part in helping me prepare for my bright future. You have such a large heart and I respect you all so much for that and sometimes even wish in my heart that if only there were more like you, the world would be a better place. Thank you very much daddy
Also, to David Oyedepo Foundation (DOF), I am very indebted for all your effort, your support both financially, morally and even spiritually. In a country like ours, it is not easy to take child to a private university but I who isn’t even your child, someone who you have never met, you didn’t just take me alone but you gave over 10 of my siblings from the home this same privilege, I or better still, we are very grateful. For bringing up ideas such as summer book summary, community development service, voluntary service and all, it is a very commendable way of helping us give back and make positive impact. And Yes! For the laptops. It is a great privilege. We pray that God who put it in your hearts to help will continue to enrich you and make you flourish. Also to the President, Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW), Chancellor Landmark University, Founder David Oyedepo Foundation, my sincere gratitude to you. Thank God for the wonderful Universities among others God has used you to establish. Although the “wonderful” rules and regulations (royal laws) seemed unpleasing and pressurizing but now as a bonafide Pathfinder of Landmark University, I can’t deny the kind of impact those laws have made in my life and many other people I have seen. They really prepared us for the brighter future ahead and most importantly, nourished us spiritually. Thank you very much, the joy of the Lord will continually be your strength.
Finally, to my family, my friends, my colleagues, my teachers at every level and every other person who has impacted to me in one way or the other, I pray that God continually bless and keep you all.
LIFE LESSONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT
In life, I have learnt that if God pushes one to the edge of difficulty, He either wants to teach such a person how to fly or He wants to catch him when he falls. I have learnt that no matter what, God isn’t finished with me yet, He has better plans (Jer. 11:29) and won’t let go until I achieve that which He wants for me and all I need do is to trust him and always look up to Him. I have also learnt to be patient and wait on God. Another is knowing how to help others, serve others and also be a good leader.
My advice to people out there and anyone who would ever read this is that, trust in God, put Him first (Matt. 6:33), know how to serve and lead, and most importantly never give up on God or think you never need Him, everyone does.