||Pastor Paul, Micky, Minnie and teacher
Greetings in Jesus Name, much of your
prayers are always answered. Your efforts both spiritually and
materially does not go to waste, as you will read from this story
During our various trips into our
churches and the IDP Camps the Lord has really made us see and came
to understand various challenges people face in this world.
I came face to face with a mother of
one by the name Minnie Muthoni aged 32yrs and her son aged 10yrs
Micky both HIV positive. Apparently Micky is a pupil in my school.
Hi, my name is Winnie, I am 32yrs old,
a single lady widowed by AIDS. I got married in 1997 when I was 22yrs
old my husband was the same age, my husband died two years ago.
Actually I was bought up by a single
mother when my father died I was only 3yrs old. My mother raised us, a
family of seven with much difficulties. I vividly remember that I was
in and out of school, to help as a house-help in various homes. In
return I would get paid a meager salary to help my single mother.
While in High school I dropped out of
school while in form two and did not complete my high school. I got
employed at Njoro canning factory as a casual while at age 20yrs.
After 2yrs drop from school I got some money and paid my school fees
and completed my schooling and passed with grade D+.
When problems persisted I
thinking that marriage would solve my numerous problems.
Unfortunately , I got married to a divorcee. After 5 months I
conceived. During this period his first wife died and after 6 months
his young daughter died. We did not suspect anything and as tradition
has it, she died of not performing some rituals after the husband had
divorced her. This was not true, I though things were normal as my
husband James assured me. He was a healthy man and there was no
need to go to hospital for a blood check up.
||Micky with his friends at school.
After 3yrs of marriage my first born
and the only child Micky started getting ill. My husband still
assured me things were ok.
In the year 2003 my husband started
showing funny wounds all over his body and I got worried. I went for
HIV test and tested positive. As I went back with the report, which
my husband refuted .things changed!
My whole life changed, my
expectations in life dimmed and I became hopeless. James
started blaming me and I also did the same. Our love faded away
rapidly and no sooner than later, our marriage was no more.
In the year 2006 my husband James was
admitted to hospital and diagnosed with TB, his condition worsened and
later he succumbed to the deadly disease AIDS and died.
After my husband’s burial I took
Micky my son for HIV test and he tested positive. The doctor told me
that his immunity was very low and he was put straight on drugs and
still takes the ARVS up to now.
I was a strong Jehova Witness follower,
and believed everything I was told. My mother was also a Jehova
Witness believer. But one day I met a group of people, they were
distributing a gospel paper called “Challenge”. The paper
was very attractive so I took a copy home. I hid it in my handbag, as
I didn’t want any Jehova Witness follower to see me. In our
church we are not supposed to read any other gospel literature apart
from the ones provided by the church.
As I read the paper that night, I
discovered many things about God that I didn’t know. I read
different moving and blessing testimonies, my life changed. I wanted
to know more and more about Jesus. At the back of the paper I found
the address & phone number of the distributors. I called that
night; I talked to a man called Pastor Paul. Since I wanted more of
this “Challenge” he gave me an appointment to see him at his
place of work the following day.
A big surprise waited me.
That morning I went to meet this
man called Pastor Paul. Guess what? Pastor Paul was one of the
teachers in Micky’s School, what a joy! Blessed be the name of
the Lord! Pastor Paul led me to confession prayer, I received the
Lord Jesus in my life. Pastor Paul gave me more different copies of
“Challenge” and his church – Peace Makers
Fellowship has been
taking care of me and my son Micky both
financially and spiritually.
I now have hope and one day I will be
with Jesus in heaven.
Thank you for Challenge Paper, donors
you are doing a good job.
Sister Minnie Muthoni
July 16, 2008