We are down to our last four students of our first year class. It has been a joy so far to present them to you and get to know them better as well. Today we bring a gentleman from South Africa. Hear from him what he has to say about coming to ACC.
My name is Thebe Pholoholo, one of the first year students at African Christian College. I am from the Free State Province in South Africa. Growing up in a small town called Bultfontein, going through the streets of Phahameng Township was good and taught me that good choices bring meaning to life. I had a chance of going to church as a child but I refused, instead I went to soccer and other endeavours. Realising how meaningless and empty my past was, how my life was full of unanswered questions, I then decided to make a choice, and that was following Christ.
Christianity to me came as a result of an introspection I made; trying to connect my past to present and future. The questions I asked myself led to an emptiness inside, which made me discover that reconciliation with the master was required, and I developed a strong relationship with God. The association with God established in me the aspiration to want to know him and the power of his resurrection (Philippians 3:10).
I had a dream to succeed in life and be able to have stable future; however, the success I wanted would come through hard work and dedication. I studied electrical engineering to fulfil the dream, but because of lack of funds I had to drop out of college and I failed to qualify as an electrical artisan. I got frustrated and saw the unfairness of life and seeing my dream vanish only because I didn’t have financial strength to pull through.
I got to know about ACC from someone who gave me the prospectus which I held onto for the whole year. I spent time praying tirelessly to God about this opportunity to study in a godly environment. God answered and today I am able to work on fulfilling a dream almost lost due to lack of finances and opportunities. I almost gave up on the hope of having a brighter future.
My aim is to be equipped with leadership skills from the college to help individuals, denominations and other organisation to succeed. After being strengthened I want to strengthen young people (Luke 22: 32) and help them not to let today’s disappointment cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dream. God knew us before and had a plan for each one’s life.