In a leading role for the drama and music club at Kabinda Christian School in Zambia, Renia Kubotobwa seems like your average Grade 12 student. She’s clearly a leader, a good influence on others, hard working at her studies, considerate of others and growing in her faith. While it may look like Renia has it all together and her future looks bright, she has not had an easy past.

Born as the first of 5 children, Renia’s early years growing up in Lusaka were similar to many other Zambian children. Life’s first big blow came when her father died in 2005. With that primary income gone, Renia’s mother moved the family back to her roots in Lundazi and established a small business to support their basic needs.

Life was tough, but the family was together. However, tragedy struck again in 2007 with the death of her mother. Now an orphan, 16 year old Renia was too young to be able to provide for her siblings.

Renia’s family was split up and she went to live with a relative who could barely afford to support her. As enrolment for high school loomed ahead, Renia had to find a way to pay the $250 tuition fee. Hopeless, she bowed her head and prayed to the One who cares for widows and orphans in their distress.

The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Education Department oversees 25 Christian schools in Zambia, including Renia’s high school, Kabinda Christian School. She was led to approach the CCAP Education Department to see if they could help. After an interview with the principal, Renia was blessed to receive tuition sponsorship support!

Renia has flourished in this Christian high school. Excelling in a range of subjects like English, History and Commerce, she has attracted attention as a very bright student with good academic potential. She’d like to become a nurse, but is unsure where funds will come from to support her ever increasing educational costs.

When asked what she will do, she simply says, “Pray! God is doing a lot of miracles.” She will continue to put her trust in the One who has been faithful.

Sadly, many Zambian girls are often forced to take a very different road. Without sponsorship, many girls end up getting their tuition paid by selling themselves. Renia was able to avoid this because of her faith in God – and His provision through sponsorship support.

Oct 25, 2012 at 5:10 am

Thank God for everything he is doing in renias life!

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