John Awanda, a farmer, lives in Muhoroni (Kisumu) located approximately 217 miles from BL-Kenya offices in Nairobi. He is a member of one local church. John grew up attending church and he was actively involved. He went to school and attained primary education. However, he had no chance to pursue further education because his parents did not value education; still there were no resources. Luckily he got employment with Kenyan government in Ministry of Public Health as a clerk. During his time of employment John indulged himself into abuse of alcohol and immoral behaviors; he became so irresponsible and was infected with HIV/Aids virus. He also deserted his family. With time his health deteriorated, he became unproductive at work and lost employment. He was rejected and stigmatized by the society; he lived a miserable life.
When he had completely lost hope in life, he joined Care for Aids - Kisumu - in September, 2013 the organization that transforms and empowers people living with HIV/Aids both physically and spiritually. Geoffrey, the group Coordinator, engaged John with other group members in Project Philip Program to study God’s word using materials provided by Balm Africa. Bible study program held twice every week gave John an opportunity to grow and know Christ. He knew the secret to a peaceful life was to accept Christ. He desired to live a fruitful life and regain all what he had lost. He gave his life to Christ in December, 2013.
John is now a happy and strong man. The transformation in his life has opened many opportunities. He has since reconciled with his family and is using every chance to teach them the word of God. He is actively serving in church and is reaching out especially to men who are infected with HIV/Aids, speaking to them message of hope in Christ. At the moment he is engaging elderly m en into study of God’s word. His health has also greatly improved, glory to God.