I met Christopher in December 2014, when I visited Malawi with Michael Weiss, Mission Director of Disciplers International. While there, I saw the great need for leadership in a country with tremendous potential, but few opportunities due to extreme poverty. Christopher impressed me as a young man with a vision to better himself, his family, his city and his nation, but no means to get the education needed to make that vision a reality. Thanks to the contributions of people with the means to help make Christopher’s dream come true, he is now in his third year of college, and looking forward to graduation next year. Recently, Christopher and some fellow students took an offsite practicum to gain useful skills in his degree field of Business Administration. He also had some fun on the trip. Here’s his story….
My name is Christopher Praise Nankhonya. I am the brother of Mervis Readson, and am writing from Malawi in Africa. I would like to thank God for what he is doing to enable me to pursue my studies at Exploits University in Blantyre. I am now in my 3rd year, first semester, and having a good experience studying Business Administration toward a Bachelor’s Degree.
I would like to extend my thanks to donors who are paying for my tuition, as well as those who are also contributing toward the education of my other family members here in Malawi. Last semester I had an opportunity to take a trip to Lionde, where I saw what other organizations are doing in their administration work. My experience on this trip provided me with practical skills that I will use after I graduate. My vision is to have my own business, and employ people, who will support their families.
I recently took a trip for one week to Monk Bay at Venice Beach. The chancellor of our school made an agreement with the students of other schools, and with directors and managers of companies. They arranged this trip to share their ideas and knowledge. For example, business owners were explaining how to open a company, the rules that must be followed when opening a company, how to come up with capital, and how much capital is required to open a company. They also taught us how to come up with a plan, how to arrange the planning process, and how to come up with procedures in that plan. We learned how to motivate employees, and to know that every employee has his or her own needs. The directors and managers encouraged us to work hard and get good grades, so that we can be successful in a company or organization.
We also had time for fun on this trip, which was great! School is difficult and requires a lot of attention and hard work, but our chancellor knows that students need to relax, so they found a good place to have some fun. We swam in the late, played netball, and enjoyed a wonderful time playing football. It was a fantastic experience in every way. Thanks so much to all donors for your support and help in making this trip possible. Only God can pay you back. I thank God for having you as a part of my family. May God bless you more and more and more again!
Submitted by Christopher Praise Nankhonya