Amina lost both of her parents when she was very young. When that happened, she and her younger sister were taken in by her Uncle. A devout Muslim, Amina was raised to follow Islam. The family was poor but somehow her Uncle managed to send Amina to school. It was in high school that she first learned about Jesus. She attended church with some friends, but it was just for companionship, Christianity was just another faith.
One of the lucky few, Amina graduated high school. Although she had a deep desire to go to college, financially that was not even a remote option. Now 20, and still living in the village with her Uncle, Amina heard about a Bible Study Group hosted by Fishers, Trainers and Senders through Y-Malawi. As she had done with church before, Amina decided to attend. At first it was about finding some new friends, but this time things were different. In this group she learned more about Jesus, she saw people, even other Muslims changing the way they lived because of the love of Jesus. She needed hope, she knew she needed Jesus. One day she could put it off no more. She made a decision to commit her life to Him.
It was not an easy decision. Her Uncle was not happy. Others in the family could not understand why Amina was doing this. At times she was criticized, yet the more she learned, the more committed to Jesus she became. She joined a local church and became even more active in the Bible Study Group. Through it all Amina wondered what God had in store for her in the future.
Then one day a team from America came to visit. During the visit Amina was introduced to a young woman named Emma. When Emma heard Amina’s story, she offered to sponsor her to attend a local University. Emma is a student herself, she is studying to become a nurse. Still, she determined that sacrificing a small amount each month so that Amina could go to college was something she could do. Talking about coming to Malawi and meeting Amina, Emma said, “I realized that experiences and privileges in my life have had a huge impact on where I am today. Sometimes I don’t thank God enough. If I can do this, why wouldn’t I?”
Amina has now been accepted to Malawi Assemblies of God University. When she is not in school she will be working part-time with Y-Malawi, helping other girls sharing her experiences. Her family who once ridiculed her for her decision, now boast with pride that she is attending college. Her Uncle has changed his mind too saying, “Y-Malawi is a God sent angel to this community, please let my other daughters be attending Youth programs done by Y-Malawi too.”
Just one more example of how God is using Y-Malawi to “Open Hearts for Change.”