By: Aubrey Bunguzu
This is a story of Richard Izeki, 45 years old who said that Apostle Paul inspired him to follow the Word of God and share it with neighbors.
Richard Izeki is a secondary school teacher who retired at the position of a Primary Education Advisor (PEA) in Dedza district some five years ago.
Meanwhile, Richard is running a private secondary school named ‘Genius Foundation’ in partnership with another pensioner at Linthipe II in the District.
Before visiting LHM office, one day he met Reverend Patrick Siliya who told Richard about the Lutheran Hour Ministry and the free Bible Correspondence Course program.
“We met at Chimbia Trading centre in Dedza, and the Pastor introduced me to free Bible Correspondence Course.” Narrated Richard.
He received the English version of the Growing in Faith booklet and completed answering the questionnaire.
Unfortunately, the answer sheet had no contact information such that it was difficult for the Audience Relations staff to send back a marked script to Mr. Richard, therefore, it was kept for a couple of two months in office.
But God works His own way.
It was on Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 when Mr. Richard Izeki came into LHM-Malawi office in person following up the marked script of the BCC.
“I have come to collect my script to see how I have done. I am coming from town where I was buying some items for my school, and used this chance to pass by your office and get the script myself.” Richard introduced himself in the Audience Relations’ office.
Mr. Richard, the Director of Genius Foundation, talked about how God is wonderfully blessing the investment.
“On September 21st, 2015 we opened school with form one only with 5 leaners, by the end of term there were 15, second term 40 and closed with 48 in all forms in the same academic year. In short I should proudly report that in 2016 our school graduated 13 out of 15 who sat for Junior certificate examination (JCE).” Reports Richard Izeki.
According to Richard, Genius Foundation has a total enrolment of 128 learners.
Answering to the question, why he is also interested in the Bible Correspondence Course offered by Lutheran Hour Ministry, Richard said that despite having a lot of work to do, his love to the Word of God was inspired by the well learned people.
“I also asked Dr. Kayange, a lecturer at Chancellor College the similar question but I was amazed to learne that Kayange also got inspired from the work of Apostle Paul.” He answered.
He said Dr. Kayange is a senior lecturer at Chancellor college, a constituent college of University of Malawi, but use to preach the Gospel as if he is a pastor.
He also said, “I learnt from him that even Apostle Paul was an educated person, and that was why the government wanted his services to destroy the church, and later God used his skills and knowledge to defend the church.”
LHM-Malawi has engaged Richard Izeki to act as an advocator for the ministry programs, especially the free Bible Correspondence Course.
Upon leaving, Richard took some booklets to continue the study. He has also invited the Audience Relations staff to visit his school and talk to over hundred school community members about the programs.
Sometimes good models produce good followers. Mr. Richard got inspired by both Dr. Kayange and more importantly by the work of Apostle Paul to share the Gospel to all people.