Friday, April 09, 2010


My name is Melvin and I am 15 years old.  (He is pictured above in the yellow shorts.)  I am the only one in my family who has an education.  We didn’t have money to send my siblings to school, so therefore, I was their teacher. My siblings aren’t very proficient in reading and writing.

My mother has never overcome the death of my father, perhaps because she saw him murdered.  It’s not easy for me to talk about this.  I cry often.  My mother is even worse.  Her emotions are very damaged.  Once she took poison and I had to ask the neighbors for a ride to rush her to the hospital.

One day the Jesus Film was shown on my street and they invited me to accept Jesus.  That evening I surrendered all my pain and bitterness to Him.  I invited Jesus to come into my broken heart.  Time has passed and with God’s help and the support of my church friends, my pain is slowly diminishing.

For a long time I’ve wanted vengeance against those that took my father’s life.  But now God has given me compassion towards them and I’m asking God that they too may receive Jesus as their personal Savior.  God has filled me with His love and removed all my hatred towards them.  It is a feeling that I can’t describe.  I’ve asked the brothers of the church to bring back the Jesus Film to my neighborhood and to pray for my mother.  Perhaps, one day she too can be saved.