Proverbs 18:16 says “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”
Meet Lwando Mhluzi, a 16-year old student at Fountain of Life Christian School in Uitenhage. This young man has a passion for the Word of God, and has an oratory gift that will still take him far.
His dream is to become an English lecturer, and also to proclaim the Word of God wherever he goes.
In September last year he participated in the All Africa Student Convention in Bloemfontein – a premier event where high school students from across South Africa and Africa compete in sports, academic events, fine arts and platform arts — delivering Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’-speech.
After giving a command performance at an evening rally at the Student Convention, he received a standing ovation, where 2 000 people applauded his delivery. He won the first place in this event and was nominated to represent South Africa at the International Student Convention in the USA in May this year.
Asking him why he chose this specific famous speech, he said he listened to King’s speech on YouTube and it spoke to him. Understanding the conditions in America in 1963, and how profound and powerful his words were and reached people then, and even now, and how they are applicable to South Africans who went through the same struggle as “Americans of colour”, he decided to emulate this great man.
Lwando’s speech, delivered at the All Africa Student Convention, can be seen on YouTube . below:
The International Student Convention will take place at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA in May, and students have to raise R53 000 to attend.
Raised by a single mom with a granny paying his school fees, going to the USA seems impossible to Lwando at this stage. He has received R 16 000 in sponsorships, but has a long way to go to reach the payment deadline of March 7.
If any readers could assist with sponsorships – any amount will help! – they can contact his School Principal, Desireé Joubert, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, asking Lwando what this opportunity to perform has meant to him, and what he would like to say to other high school students, he said: “It has been awesome to see how God has used me, to experience His favour upon me. I have found talents I wasn’t aware of, and now have clarity in what I want to do with my life. And, I would like to encourage other students to listen to the calling and voice of God. Don’t just do things for sake of doing them, but be passionate about your dreams. Allow God to direct you. And finally, delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”