Moses believed that without a proper education it was impossible to succeed in life
Malaria ridden, Moses Wejuli laid on a mat outside his house waiting for death to come. He had already had a difficult life filled with poverty and pain and this just seemed to be the perfect ending.
"Ignorance and illiteracy due to coming from a very poor family was my lot in life," Moses says. "I never had a chance to attend school beyond my primary years because my parents did not have the money."
Moses grew up believing that his life was worth nothing because he did not have a proper education.
"I was without hope for the future because I thought that without education I would be a failure and there was no way I could make it in life," he says.
Moses remembers attending church only on Christmas Day and other very special occasions. His parents were worshippers of the ancestors and engaged in the traditional African rites.
"This kept us in bondage to demons and evil spirits and my family suffered from much sickness."
As Moses lay on his mat during this latest illness he heard a knock at the door.
"The pastor from the local church visiting homes in the area," he recalls. "He shared the Gospel with me using John chapter 3 verse 16: 'For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not die but have eternal life.'
"This sank deep into my heart, I realised how much God loved me despite all my wickedness.
"I asked the pastor to pray for my healing and when he did I was healed from the malaria fever.
"I then asked the pastor to lead me in a prayer so I could receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sin through His death on the cross on my behalf."
In the days that followed, Moses was dismayed to discover that his family was angry with him for what they saw as his betrayal.
"My parents did not believe in my Christian conversion story," he says. "They saw me as a wasted man as I could no longer attend their traditional sacrifices as in the past."
Not even his wife giving birth to twins after four years of barrenness was enough to reconcile Moses' parents to him.
"Persecution continued at home but the pastor continued to encourage us. God has been so good to us and we have gone from strength to strength," Moses says.
Moses once thought that his life was worth nothing because he was not properly educated, now he knows that Jesus Christ died and rose again for the non-educated as well as the educated and that His offer of eternal life is for everyone.
"God has changed my understanding of success in life. While the fact remains that I am not well educated, I can still work and provide a good home for my family. I can even afford to educate the twins and my other children.
"God has helped me to overcome the stigma attached to illiteracy and I have come to know that God can use me even though I am not well educated," Moses concludes. •