Samson finds peace in knowing that God cares for him. Despite all of the years he carried pain in his heart, he now feels free from the weight of trauma.
Samson grew up in a small Nigerian community with his mother, father, and two siblings. His parents worked hard to provide for the family. But when his dad suddenly fell ill and passed away, the responsibility of caring for his siblings came to rest on his shoulders. His mother’s income couldn’t cover the costs of their basic needs.
To save money, Samson and his siblings dropped out of school, and Samson picked up a job as a roadside mechanic. Samson was doing well until an accident occurred while he was working on a customer’s car.
Injuries to his spinal cord left Samson unable to walk, and he was forced to quit his job. Losing his father, losing his job, and losing his mobility pushed Samson down a dark road of pain, devastation, and disappointment.
By doing this, World Renew, along with its partners and others, lives out important values for fulfilling God’s desire for all people to flourish.
World Renew helped Samson get his first wheelchair and stood by him throughout the process of healing. During this time, Samson was able to reignite his relationship with God and receive a better understanding of the Lord’s love for him and his family.
“No one really helped me to process my pain the way this program has done,” said Samson.
He said understanding that God cares and is also hurt by his pain has been very encouraging. He is using this knowledge and truth to encourage others who are hurting.
With joy, he reminds those who are hurting that God is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18).
With renewed zeal and hope, Samson is now employed as a kerosene seller for someone in his community. His wheelchair helps him to go to work, attend church services, and socialize with others in his neighborhood. Samson is saving and planning toward starting his own business in the near future.