Nineteen years ago at a major crossroad in my life, I thought of a way out of my self-introspection, and indeed a time of personal distress by embracing a cause that would extend beyond my circumstances and bring joy to others. I attended Catholic Missionary schools that had impacted my life and I also saw my mother transform the lives of children through her school; Springfield Nursery and Primary School in Port Harcourt, now 42 years old. The school started on the patio of our home with less than 10 children. I got excited as I also remembered a scripture advising us not to despise the days of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). This was the impelling force I needed to begin to mobilize people and resources.
My efforts yielded reasonable success and gave birth to the Bethesda Project in September 2001. I asked the blessings of God on the project and presented it to Him as a thanksgiving offering in appreciation of His goodness in my life. With this decision and determination, my perspective changed in spite of my circumstances.
Today, as I reflect on the Bethesda journey, I am full of gratitude to the Lord Jesus for the individuals, partners, sponsors, organizations, staff, and resourceful board members whom He has used to enable us to touch the lives of more than 5,000 very vulnerable children.
Perhaps in this season, you are feeling like I did 19 years ago, and may want to extend yourself in service to humanity; I encourage you today to take a bold step towards resolving a distressing challenge in our society. Just Start! I assure you that as you do, you will find enduring joy and fulfilment in life.
The Bethesda Project gives me joy every waking moment. It is my honour and privilege to be of service to these underprivileged and extremely poor families. I long to do more for them daily. I ask you to join me by supporting this cause and making a donation to enable us to do more. You can also mobilize others to join this Chain of Hope by spreading the message of what we do.
Mrs Nkoyo Rapu,
Founder/ Project Coordinator,
Bethesda Child Support Agency.