God Made a Way Where There Was No Way: Alice's Story

04/21/14

Alice's mother died when she was three years old. "Since that day, my survival depended only on those who prayed for me and took pity on me, especially the COTN family," Alice says. 

 
Struggling to scrounge together enough clothing to dress herself for school, and enough food to make it through the day of classes, Alice never imagined getting very far with her education. "I failed to attend school some days just because I had so few clothes to wear," Alice remembers. "And I never had enough food to keep me strong in class." 
 
Alice shortly after entering COTN's Children's Home.
   Alice shortly after entering COTN's Children's Home. As a child, she never expected to make it past high school.
 
Nobody expected much of Alice, least of all herself. "They thought I would never make it in life," she says. It was beyond her wildest dreams that one day she would graduate from high school and be a college student. 
 
But today, that's what she is. Thanks to her sponsors, who have supported her education since elementary school, and her hard work, Alice is now a student at African Bible College in Malawi. 
 
Sometimes she likes to just hear people call her a college student. It still seems too good to be true. "God made a way where there was no way," she says. "Nobody ever expected me to have a chance to attend college. However, God made it in His own way that today I am someone people can look upon." 
 
Alice laughs with pride as she describes how sometimes people in her village don't even recognize her now. She was so tiny and malnourished when she went off to live in COTN's Children's Homes. "I look much different from before," she says. "I am now beautiful."
 
"I am now thinking deeply about how Malawi can be transformed through me."
"I am now thinking deeply about how Malawi can be transformed through me," Alice says. "One day I will be known in the country to have made a great impact."
 
African Bible College is a Christian school that several COTN students attend in Malawi. Alice loves it not only for the academically rigorous classes, but also for the spiritual element. One of the biggest changes that this opportunity to attend college has brought her is a chance to grow deeper in her relationship with God, she says. 
 
The other change is that Alice now has a dream and a vision for her future and the future of her nation. She wants to see her nation transformed, and she knows she can be a part of that when she obtains her degree in education. "I am now thinking deeply about how Malawi can be transformed through me," she says. "One day I will be known in the country to have made a great impact through my courses. I hope for a better Malawi for everyone." 
 
None of this change would have ever happened in Alice's life if it wasn't for her sponsors, and people who support COTN’s university fund. "I know it's not easy for them," Alice says, "but I value their heartfelt love that they can share from their own pockets to help me. May the Lord grant them abundant blessings from heaven and that they may live long."
 

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The beauty inside Alice shines through in this story!