Student Profiles

For those of us living in the comfort and security of middle-class America, the situations that some of our students have endured are almost impossible to even imagine. But thanks to the support of our friends, Mountain Mission school has been able to offer hundreds of children a safe haven and a new life in Christ…turning bitter tragedies into powerful testimonies. Here are just a few:

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Yodit Kifle

I believe MMS is a UNIQUE place where God hand picks those who attend and who serve because He has called them to carry His light in a different way. It’s a place where Unique seeds of love are planted. It’s a place where unless you’ve experienced it, you won’t really get it:-) And I’m proud to be UNIQUE because of MMS!

Kadist Mulugeta

MMS laid out a strong foundation of faith that I am able to carry on to this day. Because my foundation is dug deep and laid on a rock, I am always sure of who I am. I am a child of God and nothing can shake me. When I think of MMS, I always think of the strong foundation it gave me.  Luke 6: 47-49

Elie Bizimana – Together we can change the world

Elie-BizimanaI was born in 1994 in the east African country of Rwanda, just after the 100-day genocide that killed over half of our population. Unfortunately my father did not survive. Though I never knew him, my mother told me he was a prayerful, generous and kind man.

The only thing my mother wanted her kids to have was the one thing she never had—an education. So I studied hard, in three different countries with three different cultures: Rwanda, Uganda and the United States.

At school in Uganda, because I couldn’t speak the language, for almost two years I couldn’t talk to friends or write down notes as required. We awoke every day at 3 a.m., and everyday I was beaten with a cane. But despite the hardships, I grew spiritually more than ever, and I saw God working in my life like never before.

One day my mother came to visit me at school. It was a special, funny and unforgettable day. We laughed, we ate, and she told me wise sayings just the way she always did. Three weeks later she was dead of cancer.

I never knew she was even sick.

I was left in the house with my stepfather and two stepbrothers. My stepfather treated me harshly and unfairly, and eventually told me to pack up my things and leave the house. I felt so hopeless and helpless. With no money for school, it seemed I had no future.

But four days later a miracle happened.

Other family members stepped in, paid for me to finish my schooling
in Uganda, and prepared the way for me to come to the United States, to the small town of Grundy—to my new home, Mountain Mission School.

I grew up in a country where children are abused, both physically and mentally. They are repeatedly told they are stupid, useless and unable to make it in life. They are beaten, caned and harassed. Many become orphans. Some run away. Too many become street children and prostitutes.

I got the chance to escape this end. And I want to leave a legacy that will never be forgotten. “Help the hopeless kids around the world”— that’s my vision. That’s my future.

I hope to create a brighter future for these kids by sending a crystal-clear message to all people with ability and resources: Stop for a minute and look at what’s going on around the world and do something. Together we can change the world. My greatest wish is not just to change this generation, but the next generation, as well: to give children a reason to live, a reason to go to school, and the strength and courage to face life.

That’s my plan after college, may God help me. My mother taught me to “love your neighbor as yourself”— and that with a little help here and a little push there, you can change people’s lives.
All it takes is a little push.

A Brighter Future for Hanna Tarko

Hanna PicMy dream was always to work at a patient-focused health facility, and I am currently working for Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. Thank you so much for your unceasing generosity towards my education. Thanks to MMS, I am working toward a brighter future.
Looking back at my years at Mountain Mission School, I cannot help but feel blessed and highly favored just to have gotten the chance to be a part of a school that is full of love, care, and continuous spiritual growth. MMS strengthened my character and shaped me into a  Christian young lady with values and opinions aligned with the Word of God.

Living in a dorm with forty other girls, I learned the meaning of love, sharing, acceptance and accountability. I was continually  encouraged to come out of my comfort zone and develop physically, mentally and spiritually.

God uses Christians like you to demonstrate his grace to his undeserving children. You made all the difference in my life. I am now willing to give back and serve my community and can be counted on for any task needed.

Mountain Mission School gave me a solid foundation of truth and light by teaching me great Christian values that I will nurture for the rest of my life and use as a measure for my children’s upbringing. I am forever indebted to your devotion.