Job is a first year NEATS student. When I met him in August at NEATS, he came across as a quiet, bright student with a very high ceiling. Toward the end of the trip, we had the chance to sit down and hear his story. I asked him two questions.
1) How did you come to know Christ?
2) How did you become a student at NEATS?
Job told us that he remembers being exposed to sexual things at a very early age. The most horrifying moment came in 2012 when he was only 10 years old. While home alone, Job and his friend were going to explore sexual urges. As he went to shut and lock the door, Job’s uncle unexpectedly stopped by and caught the two just before they committed the terrible act. The uncle rebuked the two taking the friend home to explain to the parents the act that was interrupted.
In 2019, his parents separated. His mother went back to her home village leaving the children with the father. Job’s older brother also left shortly after to live what Job described as a “hustling life”. His brother felt that it would be easier to take care of one person than four. At this point, his father had outwardly lost any spiritual fervor. His only concern was surviving and supporting his family. There was no mention of God or Jesus. There was no faithful prayer that God could deliver them out of this life of heart break and suffering. For Job, the responsibility of a broken home fell more and more on his shoulders. The roles that belonged to his mother, then to his brother, now fell on him.
On January 15, 2023, Job received a call from Dominic inviting him to enroll in the Certificate class at NEATS. When Job arrived, he remembered being “full of depression and full of broken-heartedness.” But as he spent time in fellowship with other students and faculty he said, “the broken heart is now gone because I came to understand God fully.”