I’ve always felt unloved, unworthy (South Africa)

Luyanda Zulu

Rejection – I was abandoned at birth. So, I’ve always felt unloved, unworthy and this all led to me trying to fit in for I struggled to be accepted socially. How I dealt with this the current church (Christ Amplified Church) I joined had a real positive impact in helping me to deal with this pain and hurt. They showed me love before they introduced me to this loving God. I then realised that God accepts me and that He loves me before I even loved Him.

Low Self-Esteem – I was verbally and emotionally abused a lot by my guardian and even my school peers .I was very skinny and due to that I would get called funny names such as e.g., matchsticks that effected how I would looked and view myself. It was hard to deal with this even though you train yourself to try and forget it still somehow reminds you especially the pain attached to it. The friends at my church encouraged me and reminded me how God view me as that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Expectation – I hope to leave this Foxfire program with full understanding who I am and my calling in the kingdom of God. To acquire leadership skills. To share the good news and keep the banner of evangelism high.

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My background had hugely weighed me down (Kenya)

“Hi my name is Lizzy. I have been positively impacted with the program on major challenges I have had as an individual. My background had hugely weighed me down. I am a firstborn in a family of four. Where the three are my step-siblings. My mother died in child-birth after which my father married another woman.

She has been mistreating me and diminishing me. This affected the aspects of self-esteem and awareness, my self-value and how I viewed the world. I was always this stressed girl and could see nothing fascinating about life. This has now changed for the better me. The frequent visits from the Foxfires Team in our school has played the major role. I was at first timid to approach any of them for help but I am happy I did. One of the ladies from the team has walked with me since then. I have learned that my background does not dictate my future or how I should view things and that all this will end. Furthermore my decision to welcome Christ in my life has had a difference since I can now speak my heart to God. I am forever grateful for the new me that the Foxfires program has curved. God indeed bless you.”

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Foxfires are the change agents needed for this generation (Kenya)

“My name is Julie Kibie. I am a social worker in Bro.Beausang’ Education Centre. I work to maintain the students well-being, mentally and psychologically for excellence all round. I am grateful for the Foxfires’ team for being a great help in instilling values into the student’s lives. I was greatly impressed by the facilitation the team did on the topic Drugs and Substance Abuse. Some of the students came right ahead for counselling and rehabilitation out of drug effects from the drugs they were intaking. (The likes of Bhang, Tobacco and Khat) They now feel cared for and still treasured that there is someone looking out for them.

The students of such an age succumb to this issue either out of peer pressure or the family backgrounds they come from. It is remarkable to see that the school system and inspirers like the Foxfires can change their lives to a better and an admirable individual in the society. I believe that soon they will change their families. Other ways in which the students have changed is on enhanced communication among the students and to their teachers as well. This has definitely resulted from the students confiding in the Foxfires mostly because they are of more or less in the same age bracket. I highly recommend the Foxfires Youth Team to any institution. They are the change agents we so need for this generation! God bless you!”

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