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ICCUK: A new beginning made possible by you

SINCE he was five, Stephen has been a part of the ICC family in Ghana. Support from ICC family members like you made it possible for him to complete his degree in computer science. Stephen acknowledges God’s leading in his life and thanks you, his ICC family, for the blessing you have been to him.

Stephen’s Story

Stephen and his four siblings were orphaned at a young age. No family members stepped up to take in the children. Would they survive? And would it be possible for them to stay together?

Providentially, their story came to the attention of Michael, ICC’s director in Ghana. Michael contacted us, and arrangements were made to bring Stephen and his siblings into the care of the ICC family. That was in 2001.

Fast-forward 20 years and you’ll find those siblings growing up. And thanks to the support of ICC family members like you, Stephen, the eldest, has recently completed his degree in computer science. 

Stephen is a loving, caring young man who stepped up to help provide leadership within the ICC family in Ghana when Michael suddenly passed away.

And now, a new chapter is starting for Stephen as he recently obtained his first job. He sent Rick and Sharon Fleck a touching testimony that we wanted to share with you. Though Stephen calls Rick and Sharon ‘Mommy and Daddy,’ they stand as representatives of all of the love and care he received from the ICC family. Here is his testimony —

Dear Mommy and Daddy,

I am writing this letter to you to express my deep gratitude to you for all the numerous good works you have done for me and still are doing for me. I am writing to inform you with joy in my heart that I have gained employment to work with a hospital here in Ghana to be part of their Information Technology Unit. This serves as another new chapter in my life, and I thank God for that…

I pray God will give me good health, more knowledge and continue to increase my faith in Him as I continue to move on in life. It is always my prayer that God should lead me in all my ways. I pray He should continue to help me define my purpose in life and continue to guide me to fulfil all his tasks assigned to me on my stay on earth.

I have trusted in the Lord through my basic education and at the university, and he never failed me even during my final year in the university where I had to complete deep computer programming projects.

I remember one evening I woke up and prayed on my bed telling Him to grant heavenly knowledge. After the prayer ended, I had several options in solving deep data analytics.

The following is one of the testimonies of what God has done for me during my final year presentation at the university.

I was scheduled to be the third person to present out of 30. The first two students went, and they were all bounced to go and rework their project again, meaning they were not able to graduate.

Fear started falling on my heart and while standing at the door to the presentation room waiting for my name to be called, I said to the Lord, ‘Lord you know where I am coming from, a family of no hope, no life, no future. I know you have a plan for me while even I was a clot of blood in my late mother’s womb. You carried me on your shoulders through ICC, and now I am here to do my final university project defence. Lord, I have studied hard, I worshipped you, Lord if you don’t help me graduate this year, I will be very sad. So, please let your will be done. Amen.

This was the prayer I said before opening the door to enter the presentation room… I connected my laptop to the projector and started to explain my project thesis, continued to the mathematical module behind my project, continued to the business models and structure behind my work, and finally displayed the software I developed. The Dean of Computer Science opened an avenue to the other senior lecturers if there were any questions from them for me to answer. After he ended, one lecturer said, ‘Stephen knows what he is doing, and I am not sure I have any questions for him.’

The Dean of Computer Science looked straight into my eyes and said, ‘Stephen, Congratulations.’

The Lord has been very good to me, and He answers me. My main goal in life is to become one of Africa’s greatest Computer Scientists ever. I give all the credit to the Lord Almighty and ICC.

I always encourage my other siblings in the ICC home to continue trusting In the Lord in all matters of life, because He has a purpose for each one of us. That is why He miraculously made ICC come into the picture to assist us.

All my life has been kept in the arms of the Lord and I deeply believe he will protect me in all ways of life to fulfil his purpose for me on earth.

It has always been my dream to develop a comprehensive software solution for the Adventist Church in training the Adventist young adults to enhance the study of the Word of God in a more interactive way to win more souls for God.

This vision is what I look forward to doing, and I will give ICC the credit for sending me to a good school to get a quality education. While I am about to start my job, I pray that Almighty God protects me and guides me. Thank you, Mommy and Daddy, Thank ICC. — Your son, Stephen.

Shortly after sharing his testimony, Stephen sent an update:

I have started working, and I am very happy. I just cannot believe the transformation ICC has helped me gain. From an orphan child to an educated young man.

I have started work as the General Information Technology Manager for Spinal Clinic Limited. I am the person supervising the information Technology Department for the two branches of the facility…

Yesterday after my first management meeting, I went to my office. I asked God for heavenly wisdom for my work…

Thank you, ICC. I love ICC.

Your son, Stephen

Because of people like you, Stephen is able to launch into a career he loves. He acknowledges God’s leading and is especially grateful for his ICC family. Thank you for blessing the lives of children like Stephen.

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