Anthony visited our school in West Valley City this spring. It was an amazing
experience for all of us. The article doesn't relate that he achieved the
highest possible honors in academics in college - he graduated as one of the top
3 students in the history of the University. As he spoke to our
students, you could have heard a pin drop. 76% of our students qualify for free
or reduced lunch, so they are considered "poor" or "at-risk"
here in Utah. Hearing Anthony changed many students' perspectives about
their circumstances as they could see how absolutely well off they are compared
to many in the world.When the students were quiet during the
question and answer period (they were so impacted by his story), he grabbed the
microphone and said "OK, I have a question for YOU - how will you change
your life now that you have heard my story"? At that point, several
students came to the microphone and said very profound things about how they
would change their lives. It was a wonderful day of awakenings for some of our
students. We were so lucky to have spent an hour with Anthony!
This is such a heart-warming story. I truly feel blessed to have read it. To
not give up, to go forward regardless of our circumstances or the lack of loved
ones in our life -- Mulenga is a very special man. And the Warnicks and
Mothers Without Borders folks are wonderful. I loved his last thought:
“God will always compensate you for everything you go through. I grew up
without a mother, now he has given me two,” he said. “God is very
much aware of your life and situation. It may not be in your time frame, but
sooner or later, when you least expect it, he will compensate you for all the
pain. He is not asleep.”
I have mopped tears from my face. This is a deeply heartfelt situation. THANK
YOU for relating this moving story. The quality of the soul is shown when we
don't give up REGARDLESS of circumstances we are "blessed" with in
this life so we can choose to become the best we can be when the day is done...
A moving and uplifting story. If every LDS family adopted in their heart an
orphan how much good could be spread around the world.