My name is H* and I am seventeen years old. My family is very poor, and I am the seventh of eleven children. We live in a small town where my parents are working as sanitary workers in a local hospital. I was the first of my siblings to start attending school with the help of Roshan Life’s youth hostel in eight years ago.
Because of my continued rejection in this school, my father decided to send me to the youth hostel in a different city. Once I was there, everything was different. Their school had such a loving and caring atmosphere, but it still took some time for me to completely recover from the experience that I had at my previous school. I started here in fourth grade.
At this new place I was able to make many new friends, but I was still faced quite a bit of difficulty with my studies. There were several times that I wanted to give up, but every time I was encouraged by the Hostel Parents to persevere. I was provided extra coaching whenever I needed it, which strengthened my foundation and helped to further develop my interest in my education.
I started going to the church every evening, and in 2011 I gave my life to Jesus and was baptized, which was a biggest miracle of my life. After that I found a new passion for my education, and made the commitment to finishing strong. I wanted to be able to read the Bible in the Urdu language, which was previously very difficult to me. After I started applying myself with my full potential, however, it came much easier to me than it used it. The power of the Word of God made me able to overcome not only in the Urdu language, but also in other subjects.
With God’s help, and the help of my teachers and peers, I have now reached high school, and hopefully I will complete my high school by next July. I am the first person in my family who has made it to high school.
I constantly pray to God regarding my future. I want to be an engineer. Thank you to all those who have helped me reach my current position, and I hope that your prayers will continue for me and my family.
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