This is Musa who came to Emafini, the Men’s Center and now God has elevated him for greater things in life.
“My name is Musa and when I was just 8 months-old my dad was shot and killed and my mother couldn’t cope so she turned the family to begging on the streets. After an astringent childhood filled with drugs, alcohol and abuse, I was left at the tender age of 13, caring for my newborn nephew. I was a street kid that could hardly take care of myself, let alone a baby. I slept in an abandoned building and swindled my way through society, often times placing myself in vulnerable situations. The streets were cruel, hard and very unforgiving. To me this was life and although I craved a new one, there was no escaping the unavoidable pull of the streets.
At the age of 17 in 1999, I found refuge and hope at the Challenge Ministries’ Emafini Men’s Centre. I was emotionally broken, hopeless, empty and without dreams and ambitions. When I came to this place I was introduced to Christ and since then God has been faithful. Not having the opportunity to ever attend a day of school, through the Emafini Men’s Centre I learned English. The Bible was the first book I had ever read and I still can’t put it down! At the Centre, people spent time on me, teaching me, mentoring and encouraging me; something I had never experienced before. I soon realized that I had a future, a great future. I am now in God’s will. He has given me a passion for Him, love for myself and love for others.
As if all that was enough, I completed the program and went on to obtain 3 diplomas. Eleven years later, I became not only the Worship Pastor at Potter’s Wheel Church but also the Manager of the Emafini Men’s Centre. It was amazing how God used me to disciple and lift up others in similar situations. The Almighty God has blessed me with two cars and it is just so amazing to see God taking me from nothing and transforming my life into something. God has also blessed me with a very beautiful wife, 24 September 2011 was our big day.
God called my wife and I to move to Bulembu to be a Pastor there and preach his good news and so we have now moved there to chase after God’s heart even more. Before we vacated we were prayed for and blessed by the spiritual leaders of Potter’s Wheel Church. God is still very faithful to us, the church is amazing with wonderful people who bless and encourage me every day. I understand very well that it has not been by my own power or strength but by His Grace and His overflowing mercy.”