During every visit to Daystar University, our staff is overwhelmed by the wisdom and gratitude poured out by the scholarship students supported through our office. As each of the students share stories of their childhood, their financial hardships, and their seemingly impossible dreams, several themes standout. This blog series is inspired by these students who are now our teachers in the lessons of life, faith, and service.
Proverbs 2:10 – “Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
“Dream big.” How many times have we heard this cliché slogan? In university ads, on cheesy TV commercials, or even slipping out of our own mouths. Though it may sound overused and lackluster to many Americans, the truth behind the saying still holds great impact for Daystar scholarship students in Kenya.
As we hear the stories of scholarship students, each one seems to include loss, hardship, confusion, or grief, but are never without hope. The hopes and dreams of gaining an education remain day-dreams for many students when they realize that money often buys the future. The high corruption rate in Kenya seems to confirm that whoever has money has power.
But these scholarship students kept their faith and dreams alive:
Monica, a Daystar scholarship recipient, said, “Daystar University is a dream that I cannot explain in words. Never in my life did I think I would be blessed to go to school and experience so many positive changes.” She had her share of hardship when alcohol-dependent parents drove her out of the house to live with her aunt, who treated her no better than a servant. Now, through Daystar, Monica wants to impact troubled youth through media.
Joshua, who was raised by a struggling single mother said, “I chose to keep my faith even when we lacked the basic needs for the family.”
Henry, a Daystar scholarship student from a nomadic, polygamous tribe in Kenya, said, “I dream that the [warring] peoples of [my area] would live in a peaceful environment as brothers and sisters, with sisters empowered fully so that no forced marriages, FGM, patriarchy, and others can [negatively] affect them.”
Many other scholarship students have dreams to:
- Build orphanages
- Give the gift of education
- Empower those in poverty through business and finance
- Be political leaders of their countries
- Teach music
- End tribal wars
- Plant churches
Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20). Despite their hardships, these scholarship students dream big and move mountains. Don’t take it from us; let scripture and Daystar scholarship students inspire YOU to dream big as well.
Tell us what big dreams you have and we will happily partner with you in prayer to make them happen.