A few weeks ago, 103 of our scholarship program students, from 8 different communities, attended the 3rd Annual Student Scholarship Conference held by Expansion International in Kenya. This year’s conference theme challenged students to rise up from their circumstances, no matter what their backgrounds, and shine brightly for God in all that they do.
“Arise and Shine, for your light has come.” Isaiah 60:1
Students from different communities connected and found that, even though they come from different places, have different stories, and have faced different trials, they are each full of God’s potential and have a purpose and a calling to be a light in the world.
Our Education Director and Scholarship Coordinator had the opportunity to speak at the conference, along with Expansion International Africa staff and other local Kenyan mentors. The students learned about topics such as “Discovering Your Purpose,” “Self-Awareness,” “Stewardship,” “Study Skills,” and “Drug and Substance Abuse.” At the Sunday service, they were challenged to consider many people from the Bible who overcame odds to reach their God-given potential…people like Moses, David, Esther, and Ruth.
The students left the conference encouraged and challenged to make the most of every opportunity God gives them and to pursue with determination the dreams and goals that He has planted in them, to know who they are in Christ and to freely and joyously use all of their talents and resources for God’s purposes.