The other big portion of my job is following up with our scholarship students that are supported by donors in the US. This has been an unexpected treat for me. It gives me the opportunity to meet, get to know and be involved with individuals that are going to be a part of the future of this great continent. It’s truly a privilege for me. But you might guess that, since you likely know I’m a people person.
Currently we have two main kinds of sponsored students; those the Daystar US office has raised funds for and those that are privately sponsored. The first category has almost 50 students in it. The second has about another 20-30. Over the year I’ve been here I’ve gotten to know that first group fairly well. The privately sponsored ones have recently been added to my docket so I will be getting to know them better as the months roll on.
I’m often impressed with the simple circumstances these folks have come from. The other day I finally asked one of your graduates from this June what tribe he is from. I knew the town in northern Kenya but I hadn’t asked him what tribe. (It’s a little bit of a politically incorrect question here.) When he told me the tribe, I realized that I had never heard of them! That seemed odd to me since I’ve been here so long.
But what stands out more than my ignorance over this tribe, is that this young man is chomping at the bit to go back to this northern ‘frontier’ area and help his people. He has all the knowledge; he just needs the resources to do some projects. And God willing, something will happen for him to get involved in a government or NGO project there.
This young man is just one of many DU students that will one day change the landscape of this continent. One day I’ll be able to say, I knew him when he was just a recent graduate. But I also expect to praise God with the heavenly host for the eternal difference these kids will make.This is our student from Marsabit, above are a few students with our Vice Chancellor and the Daystar US Director.
I've written two other articles about what I do. If you want to catch up, here's Part 1 and Part 2