My name is Taurai Mirimi. I am a Zimbabwean by nationality. I grew up with the inner conviction of working as a preacher. I believe that God called me before I was born as he did to prophet Jeremiah. Sometimes it is very difficult to know your identity as well as where you are going. Receiving the clarity of who you are is not through your ability, but it is actually through the grace of God. Many people have chosen the wrong path assuming that they have got the right one, only to achieve nothing. Without doubt, the source of everything which constructs our identity is Jesus Christ himself. If you miss the source, you have missed your real identity.
As for me, God has blessed me beyond imagination. I never dreamt of coming to Swaziland and become a student of such a glorious institution as Africa Christian College (ACC). As I said earlier, if you hear the voice of God that says, “I knew you before…,” you start to follow his lead. It is God himself who led me to ACC and l am grateful with all my heart.
These are the reasons for my deep gratitude as a graduate of ACC. First of all, the mission statement of African Christian College explains why the college exists. The Kingdom of God is at the heart of ACC, just as it was also at the heart of Jesus Christ. I really wanted to be a better servant of the Kingdom of God, and amazingly God placed me within the hands of ACC where I was well equipped for that. ACC has brought ceaseless light in my life. Truly, my spiritual maturity took place in the last three years in Swaziland. I am not saying I have reached the perfect degree of maturity, but I am certain that ACC did a great work in highlighting me into spiritual formation.
If you want to know the real definition of love, African Christian College is the definition. Despite its diversity due to the conglomerate of diverse cultures from different countries, the love of God is manifesting itself within the community. Being part of ACC community has nurtured me to be a person of love. Who can deny that our world is suffering because of the lack of love for God and each other? If love shapes our identity, success then becomes part of our lives. African Christian College is doing great job on equipping its students on what it means to love God and to love people.
Laziness is also not part of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom requires people to work and support themselves. When you support yourself, it will be easier to support someone in need. Laziness and lack of skills is taking our nations down. Those with skills end up oppressing the unskilled people. To eradicate these challenges in the Kingdom, ACC has equipped us with skills and knowledge on how to be self-sufficient people financially. Students are taught to flee away from the trap of laziness by providing good working opportunities. Without doubt, physical work sometimes is challenging but as long as we are in this world, we need to work. No success comes without sweating.
As I conclude, I salute African Christian College for the great work it is doing on the sphere of students’ spiritual lives as well as academic. I know that the devil is not happy seeing the great work which ACC is doing; therefore, he will try his best to destroy the mission but I have great faith that his best is not good enough to silence the power of God which is working in us. I just want to encourage ACC as a whole to continue with the unity we have in Christ. May the Spirit of God continue purifying our hearts as we are waiting for the return of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.