Our graduates are talented in many ways. Joan Cheptorus Cheptot from Kenya is a mother of two, 2012 ACC graduate, teacher, and song writer. In this installment of reflections from our 2012 graduates, Joan shares her gratitude to the many who made possible her time at ACC. In a recent talent show on campus, she performed a song she had written about ACC; her lyrics are included below.
Married to Cheptot Hillary. Mother to Ferdinand (6) and Joshua (4). I am 27 year old. Born in a family of six. I went to Kabukwo Primary School (1999). I went to Kibuk Girls’ High School (2000-2003). I joined Bungoma Teacher’s Training College (2006-2008).
My experience in ACC is a lifetime story that I will share to my grandchildren. God has been very faithful to me in extraordinary ways compared to other students. I have seen his favour upon my life and my family at large.
I came to ACC with no intention of being a student because of the following reasons: (1) It was a requirement of ACC for me to accompany my husband. (2) I had just completed my college examination so I was tired of studying. I needed rest. (3) Joshua was too young for me to leave him alone and be a student.
But I thank God because of my close friends who encouraged me to take advantage of this opportunity: my husband and Janet Allison.
I took an initiative and asked for help from two ladies who postively accepted to help take care of my children without any pay: Edith Shereni (Zimbabwe) and Elizabeth Meki (Zimbabwe). During my second year Wanangwa Chirwa from Malawi and Loice Cheruiyot from Kenya helped me, too, without pay. God is good! This year God worked through Susan Carter and organized for me to have a caretaker at low cost: Rosebell Matisa.
I have nothing to tell God for all this. I have learnt a lot and I beleive my life is not going to be the same again. I have been challenged by all the ladies who helped me. It is not easy, but they did their best.
I am ready to go and serve God in many ways. I am prepared to help churches grow; counsel people in the community; encourage training of Sunday School teachers; teach women in the church and community at large; encourage training of effective preachers to be counsellors in their own churches.
I have changed my personal view. ACC has made me discover my talents. I can compose a song and give praise to God. So far I have composed four songs. Glory be to God.
I am ready to go. God go with me, lead me, and show me what to do. Use me the way you want.
Those who contributed toward running of this institution, your work is approved by the One who is above. Be blessed abundantly.