"The saying 'Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways' is so true in my life. I grew up in a very poor family. I was the only child in my family to finish school. The thought of furthering my studies at that point really was just wishful thinking. But Heavenly Father had other plans for me. I was awarded a BEF scholarship to begin my studies in 2013 and it became the best year of my life for the many things that I learned and went through. I enrolled at UNISA and Susan helped and encouraged me so much throughout that year to ensure that I do better than my best. Through my studies I suffered many trials. I was diagnosed with kidney failure and spent many weeks in hospital. In my hospital bed I did assignments and studied for exams. Heavenly Father gave me the strength to be well enough at the time of writing my exams. I could have lost all hope and given up. But I was not going to disappoint anyone, especially myself! I wrote the exams and I passed them all!
"I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me strength, and to the Brockbank Education Fund for making dreams possible. I now have my first year certificate from UNISA for Programme in Office Management and this year I am currently doing Programme in Public Administration and Management and have passed all my first semester modules. I am ready to begin my second semester. I have a job as a valet car washer and I enjoy it because I know that if I find joy in it and work hard, and continue to study hard, that Heavenly Father will bless me with a job in my field of study when I am finished."
I come from a family that is not on the privileged side of things, and it was only a dream to make it past high school! Well I worked hard and did finish school, but did not see a way to study further. My mother has been single and unemployed her entire life, and so I felt it was my duty to take care of my family after school.
I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and felt so cared for and nurtured through the gospel. Even bigger blessings came when I heard about the Brockbank Education Fund for women in the Church! I was overjoyed when I applied and was accepted to receive a scholarship to study! In 2013 I worked very hard in my studies, and at the end of the year I received my certificate in Office Management. It was a very difficult time in my life because I was in hospital during the examinations, but through much prayer I received strength from Heavenly Father and even passed modules with distinctions! In 2014 I continued my second level studies in Public Administration and Management and also received a distinction amongst other very good results in my semester examinations. I am continuing and I know that with both certificates in my hand I will have the key to open
doors to get a job that can help me take care of my two children and family. I am so grateful to the BEF and to the Church, as now I am getting an education which I thought I would never have. I have worked very hard because I did not want to disappoint all the donors that give so much to us women in South Africa. You have blessed us! And I pray that BEF will be an ongoing fund with much donor support to help even more women to realise their potential and worth in being educated.