Orphan Finds New Family
Project Philip Turns Tina's Life Around
March 16, 2020
Tina, 28, was born in the Northern Province of Zambia and now lives in Lusaka’s Chunga Compound. She is the firstborn in a family of three, an orphan who’s lived a tough life. She puts it this way, “Being an orphan, life became so tough for me and my two young sisters. I dropped out of school as early as grade three. I started searching everywhere for casual work to support my siblings, but nothing came forth. I began drinking, going into bars, and smoking, and I joined other young women who used crooked ways to earn money. I had a bad reputation in society as a husband-snatcher. I was not happy with such a lifestyle but there’s nothing I could do about it,” she shares softly.
One day, Tina was invited by a friend to join the small Bible study group that was in her area. She says, “I felt insulted and didn’t respond to the invitation. Later, after some time, I was persuaded by the same friend to give the Project Philip Bible study a try. This time, I gave in and went to the study group.”
She struggled at first to warm up to the group. She says she thought they were looking at her as a stranger, when more likely she was withdrawn herself. “I felt shy and could not talk at all,” she explains. “After attending the sessions for several weeks, I started to enjoy the lessons and could see a light at the end of the tunnel. I started to feel happy and made new friends. I was inspired by lesson nine, which talks about ‘The Will of God.’”
Thanks to Project Philip Bible studies, Tina now has a new family in the Lord, and she testifies about the goodness of Christ Jesus to others. She is an active member of the witnessing team in the church.
Confident now, Tina is even more eager to learn—and share—more about Jesus. She beams, “I am committed to the work of God, both in the church and outside the church. I would like to thank you all for the materials and these programs that save people’s lives.”