Meet one of D1:8's members & peer mentors, Lawrencia!
"I am Lawrencia Adumbire, and I am 19 years old. I’m a student at Wenchi Methodist Senior High School. My mom is a single parent because my father passed away when I was just a child. Because of my father’s passing, I had to drop out of school to help my mother take care of the children. Understanding and accepting the loss of my father was so difficult for me growing up. It’s especially difficult, and often lonely, to see and hear my peers when their fathers visit them in class or support them in various ways, knowing I don’t have that in my life anymore. It’s been difficult for my whole family.
I know that meeting Rev. Rose Donkor was a blessing in my life. I had little knowledge about the Bible, and Mama Rose Donkor introduced me to Christ. The happiest day of my life was when Mama Rose Donkor told us that she wanted to support us so we could go back to school! She treated us like we were family and provided us with food, clothes, shoes, books, and school supplies.
I was part of the singers in my church, but I didn’t have much other involvement or interest in church. I see now that, at the time, I had grown distant from God and was not content with what I had. Seeing the kids at D1:8 Ministries happy with what they had and not comparing themselves from each other was something I knew I wanted to be a part of. The same month that I started going to D1:8, they were hosting their annual Summer Camp for the kids. While attending the camp, I committed to changing my ways to stop coveting clothes and other things that weren’t mine.
Thanks be to the almighty God, I am a new person now!
I am now a member and peer mentor at D1:8 Ministry in Nsuta! There have been some personal life challenges for me since starting to attend D1:8 and committing my life to Christ, but because of all this in my life, I still want to give thanks to the almighty God for bringing me this far. D1:8 has shaped who I am today; a much healthier, happier person.
D1:8 Ministry has helped me in so many ways. I’m able to actually pay attention to the word of God. It has given me a viewpoint outside of just myself and more empathy for others. Becoming a peer mentor has helped me develop a spirit of humility and respect. As a leader you need to respect yourself before others also do the same to you. D1:8 has also helped me build positive relationships with others. In life “they” say experience is the best teacher. I get to be an example of love to my peers, but I also get to learn from the campers too and am continuously learning how to relate with them.
I’ve learned the importance of loving and caring for one another, and to do so with no ulterior motive or an expectation to be treated the same way.
If we are givers, we will never lack and our cup will always flow with blessing.
D1:8’s Proverbs 21:20 Challenge is one of my favorite activities and it has helped me to be a giver, as well as how to do savings for my future. Thank you, everyone at D1:8 Ministries, for all that you have done for me! You’ve changed my life."