Organized by: Beth Iha
Mini Summary: A prior Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) refugee with little formal education, Faustin has been offered the chance to study music in London, England with Point Blank Music School. His vision is to use this education as a stepping stone to other higher education opportunities and to eventually return to Rwanda to produce gospel music and to improve overall music production in the region.
What This Fundraiser is All About:
The Oxford dictionary defines "miracle" as "a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences" and "an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency." Merriam-Webster defines "miracle" as "an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God."
In Psalm 77:14, the Bible says, "You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples."
However you define it, a miracle is something special.
Faustin, a DRC refugee who now holds Rwandan citizenship, has experienced a fair share of miracles. For him, to be a realist is to believe in them. I met Faustin a year and a half ago and have not only heard of the miracles in his life but have also been blessed to see some firsthand. Faustin's anointing and favor with God are palpable, and his story is built upon miracle stepping stones that have led to personal progress. To tell his story is to focus on four stepping stone miracles from his life that are amazing, and well, miraculous.
Miracle #1 - Learning to play keyboard
At age 15, someone prophesied over Faustin's life that he would become proficient on the keyboard. He had already been singing in his father's church since about age 9, but he knew nothing about the keyboard, nothing. After the visitor spoke these words over him, he began to dream at night about playing the keyboard. He would dream that his fingers would move across the keys nimbly and with skill. When he woke the next day, he could play. He dreamt about transposing and when he woke the next day, he could do it. After this happened 3 or 4 times, Faustin was able to play the keyboard as if he'd had years of lessons. Today, as the worship pastor of his church, he uses his keyboard talent regularly and gives God all the glory for this true miracle.
Miracle #2 - Learning English
When I first met Faustin, he spoke no English. However, on one occasion when I was teaching in a local village, my translator didn't show up, so I asked Faustin to translate. At first reluctant, but realizing there was no one else, he did it and did it well. He continued from that time to be my translator in the village, then in churches, and eventually even translating written materials (to learn more about the work we do as a ministering team, check out http://bethsstillinkigali.wordpress.com). His translation when I teach is impeccable, as if it's coming from another place. Now, he can hold a conversation in English with anyone. People are repeatedly amazed at the fact he has had no lessons, no formal training. Our pastor now uses him to translate services over others who have college degrees, formal English training, or who even speak English as their first language. The miracles don't end here.
Miracle #3 - Acceptance into Point Blank Music School in London, England
An excellent student, and top of his class, Faustin had to leave school completely at a young age due to a lack of school fees, something required by all schools in Rwanda. So, when he applied to the music program at Point Blank in London, England seeking to learn music production, it seemed like a long shot. With no formal education and no professional music production experience, Faustin, based on submitted video files and recordings, was accepted into Point Blank Music School, a miraculous opportunity. (They even agreed to write a letter for this funding campaign. It can be viewed in the pictures.) Point Blank has Highly Trusted Sponsor Status so that acceptance means Faustin will also get a necessary invitation letter that has a near guaranteed approval for a visa. It's very difficult in Rwanda to get a visa to anywhere out of the country.
Faustin knows this is the opportunity of a lifetime but needs another miracle - Miracle #4. This is where you come in.
Miracle #4 - Raising enough money to cover tuition to Point Blank Music School in London
Please be a part of this miracle and help me to bless Faustin with the money he needs to pay for tuition at Point Blank Music School - $19,487. (No one gives school loans in Rwanda, and any international source requires proof of education.) The required tuition is a small obstacle compared to the many Faustin has faced in his life. However, his belief in a God that still performs miracles and his constant attitude of hope and belief in the face of adversity is what motivated me to reach out to others to be a part of this process. I know God can provide the money in any way that he wants and that miracles are packaged in a variety of wrappers, but I also know that God likes to work through people. If I had the money myself and no more, I would give it all, but I don't. I know that Faustin will not disappoint you in your investment in him. I also know that if God puts it on your heart to give, God will bless you greatly when you do. I and others will be praying for that. For Faustin, who probably hasn't seen the sum total of $19,487 across his entire life, to receive these funds through the kindness of others would be a miracle of miracles, a blessing of blessings. I would love to see it happen.
If we don't reach our goal, all donated money will still go towards tuition. We are determined, however, to reach it!
Thank you so much for reading this. Thank you so much for getting involved, when you do. As someone living in Rwanda for almost two years, trying to give my all to make a difference here in the lives of anyone God requires of me, I can attest to the personal reward of knowing I've given to something good. This is good.
Much love and blessings to you all, beth
DEADLINE FOR DONATIONS: December 20, 2014. Murakoze! (Thanks!)
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