He Was Never Supposed to Walk, Let Alone Graduate

06/25/13

They said Grecious would never walk.  Born with cerebral palsy in a village in Malawi, Grecious had no access to medical care or physical therapy. In rural Malawi, many children with disabilities end up ignored, abused, or even dead.

 
When Grecious was born, his mother was told he would never walk
                                      When Grecious was born, his mother was told he would never walk.
 
But today Grecious is walking. 
 
Physically walking, yes. And on June 29, he will celebrate an equally impressive accomplishment. Grecious will be walking with the first ever class of graduates from the Children of the Nations (COTN) International Christian Academy in Malawi.
 
Grecious will be among the first group of students to graduate from COTN's ICA
On June 29, Grecious will be among the first group of students to graduate from COTN's International Christian Academy.
 
The obstacles that Grecious has had to overcome to reach this day are uncountable. Each accomplishment is a small miracle, and never would have been possible without people like you supporting him every step of the way.
 
"If someone had told me ten years ago that I would one day graduate from secondary school, I would have prayed that his vision would come to pass," Grecious writes, reflecting on his accomplishments. "Without some miracle, it seemed impossible for me to reach this far." 
 
The miracle that made this day possible was the support of people like you. Grecious' sponsors have provided everything from meals, to physical therapy, to school supplies and the extra attention he needed to do his best. And people like you helped build the secondary school that he is proud to be graduating from. 
 
"My sponsors have helped my life by paying school fees for me and encouraging me that I can make it," Grecious writes.  "Always I am proud of them because of their true love."
 
Grecious, who is enrolled in COTN's Village Partnership Program, has also had the support of his dedicated mother, an extraordinary individual who has been by his side advocating and praying for him his whole life. Children like Grecious in our Village Partnership Program might not be orphans, but they live in destitute situations with parents or caregivers who cannot provide for them without help from people like you.
 
Grecious didn't take your gifts lightly. He worked extremely hard to make the most of every opportunity. 
 
"There is no sweet with sweat," he writes. "It was not easy for me to cross that bridge and come this far. Sometimes examinations were tough but I had the courage to pull up my socks so that I should be able to transform the nation as the mission statement of COTN says."
 
In the end, his hard work and your generous investment paid off. 
 
"I am the first person to finish secondary school in my family," Grecious proudly reports. "I am just thanking the Almighty for the great job that he is doing in my life."
 
"Graduation means a lot," he explains. "It is something that I didn’t expect would happen in my life."  
 
Grecious is already planning what he hopes to do after graduation. His goal is to attend university and become a journalist or radio presenter or producer. "Above all I thank God that I have come this far," he says. 
 
Stay tuned to hear Grecious' sponsor's incredible testimony about the unique bond that brought them together. Coming next week!
 
Find out what brought these two young men from across the world together!
                   Find out what brought these two young men from across the world together! Coming next week.
 
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