For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Moshon has a magnetic personality and a smile that’s contagious. One of the first things I learned about Moshon was that he’s called ‘leader of Poetice’ by the kids in Mwapona, even kids that he doesn’t know. After spending a few minutes chatting with him, it’s easy to see why.
When Moshon was young, his parents separated. He told me about his mom providing for the four children in his family and expressed his gratefulness that God was able to help show his mom how to raise her children.
It has been one year since he’s seen his mom and sisters, so I asked Moshon what he would tell them if he could see them today: “I would say to them that In the kingdom of God, everything is changing. I’m moving on with my life, and I know Jesus. I know that I have changed.”
He lives with his uncle now in the Mwapona community so he can attend Grade 7 in school. The local community does not provide a lot of support for teens like Moshon; bad influences are everywhere and good role models are hard to find. But Moshon found Poetice, and in that he found a safe place with encouraging friends and a community that empowers him to be a good role model for those younger than him.
I asked Moshon what he would tell his community if he could get on a stage to preach. I would say,“God loves us even when we do bad things. He loves us, and He knows we will change.”
When he grows up, Moshon wants to be a missionary because he sees how God has changed his life. He sees the power in his story — he has heard truth, believed it and is now leading others to it. Moshon is known as the ‘leader of Poetice’ because he fearlessly leads others to the truth of Jesus with such joy.
Isn’t that our greatest calling?
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Jodi Stahl was a member of the 2018 Ransom Church Immersion Team.