Rishama is making an impact in the lives of many orphans and the fatherless
Ziporah John's Story:
My name is Ziporah John. I have three female siblings. Our dad was a Bible college classmate with Rev. Thomas Maijamaa and was an ECWA pastor. He died on March 4, 2011 at the age of 42 with kidney failure when I was about to write my Junior School Certificate Examination (JSCE). My dad is from Baju, a minority tribe in northern Nigeria. My dad’s family is from a culture that does not value female children, so they abandoned me and my siblings. They refused to sponsor us in school. High schools in Nigeria are not free. They said female children are useless and cannot keep the house. Our mum went into serious challenges as a poor widow to raise us.
My mum was hoping to be helped by her brothers but her senior brother also died a year after the death of my dad, in 2012, leaving behind his wife and four children. Her junior brother died in 2013 leaving behind his wife and three children. Last year November 2017 my mum lost another younger brother who was preparing for his wedding in December 2017. But praise God, when my mum heard about Rishama Ministry and that Thomas Maijamaa is the founder she was very excited. She quickly contacted Rev. Thomas, a man with a big, loving, caring heart, also a father to the orphans (needy), a God-fearing man, to stand by me and my siblings. Praise God my little sister and I have completed high school. I love reading, singing, and athletics. My favorite sport is long distance running. I won a certificate in this. I am now learning tailoring, but my priority is to go to university. I want to study biochemistry at Bingham University in Nigeria so that I can be useful to my community and prove to our culture that female children are so important and are useful. My mum does not have money to sponsor me. Please pray for me.