Am Kennedy wekesa born on 23rd of October 1995, I am a fifth born member in a family of eight children (five girls and three boys). My parents did not go far academically but at least they urged and encouraged each one of us to work hard in school even though they were facing too much pressure due to responsibility burden that was scotching them especially in the matters of affording funds that could enable us get in better schools and for that reason we were just forced to join in village schools. Personally, I began school when I was seven (2002) though quite late but it was reasonably the right time then for the most learners who intended to start school unlike in the current days where a child can even start school at three. Now having born in a humble-based background, am so grateful to God for blessing me with religious and supportive parents, my dad is just an ordinary person who by good luck trained masonry and acquired a certificate in one of the vocational centers in early 70s that could at least help him to sustain his family through freelance jobs that his paper would offer him as a mason in the long run while my mum is just a mere farmer as well who can only gather enough potatoes for her kids. Through a lot of struggles my elders completed primary schools though having attained unremarkable marks, a few proceeded to high schools and ended up in level four which laterally marked the end of their academics, After I did my first Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in the year 2010, I also did not perform well and was required to repeat so that I could at least advance to high school with some good and promising marks. Therefore, after making up my mind, I agreed with my dear parents and decided to go back to standard seven (2011) though to a different public school and started a fresh as I was determined to getting good grades that could take me to a nice secondary school regardless of the financial constraints we were facing as an obstacle, in fact we hardly had three meals a day or even two meals were sometimes a difficult puzzle my parents could not be able to solve and definitely we were going to bed without anything. I even still have clear pictures in mind of how on weekends and holidays we used to go to work on other people’s farms as weeding or maize-harvesting laborers for pay and at the end of the day we fetched those little wedges to buy food, it was therefore our routine. My dad being the bread winner of the family, his cert could not by any chance land him a stable job that could enable him provide for us sufficiently, instead he could only get short-term and seasonal contracts that did not pay him well. Furthermore, buying new clothes for ourselves was a luxury we could not afford and walking barefooted was not a miracle, I remember multi-wearing one short meant for school both as a home trouser and for school uniform, so it was therefore kind of a “wash and wear” clothe for me.
It did not end there, but only keeping the faith that everything that happens, it happens with a reason! Quoting the bible from the book of 2nd Corinthians 5:17 that says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Truly at the point where someone has extremely lost hope it is basically a point where God manifests himself to proof his mighty powers…!For sure as we were nearing the end of the year(2011),I began seeing the light in the darkness cause as we did a joint examination which engaged a number of schools in our zone and upon marking I emerged as the best student in the whole zone and by then a certain non-profit Christian organization born out of a call from God to Joshua K.Ngao to minister to the poor, had an attached school too that goes by the name “Fishers of Men victory academy kimwondo” was seeking for enrollment of more needy learners to fill the gap in their grade eight in the beginning of the year 2012 and by God’s grace I happened to be one of those who were selected to study in Fishers of Men victory academy., and this is how my new page of life opened. As soon as I joined Fishers of Men academy, my entire life changed for the better, I acquired free academic sponsorship. This was a great relief to my parents, paying for my school fees was not the only thing FOM could offer, but this was only a token for them, indeed Fishers of Men organization provided us with every basic need a human could require, this included; clothing, food, healthcare, housing, Christian environment of learning and compassionate love through precious gifts especially during annual meetings and festive seasons like Christmas, birthdays and the like. Being a Christian ministry, it enriched us with spiritual nourishment through bible study programs and general guiding and counselling events. This did not only improve my academic excellence but also shaped my personal morals that has helped me to relate well with everyone I get to interact with. Having topped in 2012 KCPE, the ministry admitted me in one of the best county schools where I undertook my secondary education for four years and also became the second-best student in the rank after performing exemplary in my national exams. I thought the ministry could end my sponsorship there and perhaps lay back the burden to my parents but this was neither the case nor their thoughts, FOM continued to support me tirelessly in every sector to see that my life got better and better. I was therefore enrolled in Kenyatta University in August 2017, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry with Management for four years. Now campus was another Canaan for me in the sense that I never lacked anything in terms of upkeep money, school fees, growth through the power of Jesus and clothing; the ministry still stood with me firmly and has positively transformed my life up to date. At some point I think of what I would really compensate the great FOM with for what it has done for me but I still feel I can never get enough payback cause of the great things they have done to me. In September 2021 I happened to have completed my university studies successfully and scheduled to graduate in July 2022.Today I feel honored for having graduated with a bachelor’s degree certificate in the faculty of industrial chemistry & management with a 2nd class honors (upper division). Glory to God!
Honestly it is been a journey and all in all I do thank the almighty for granting FOM with such a golden heart to minister for the poor and the needy families .I would therefore wish to pay my sincere gratitude to the fishers of men Christian ministries for their great support unto my life, especially a big “thank you” to the Chief Executive Officer” who is at the same time the president of FOM apostle Joshua K. Ngao,my beloved parents Mr. & Mrs. Wanjala for their guidance, support and above all their endless prayers towards me and the entire team that works under apostle Joshua K Ngao, just to mention but a few; All the sponsors who have ministered to us and the rest of the needy communities, Managerial Director, reverend Kennedy Magwiru and Managerial Administrator, madam Eve simiyu. May the lord answer your innermost requests fam.
It is my prayer that may the Almighty bless the entire team in their every endeavor. May God bless Fishers of Men Ministries.