My name is T and I am 16 years old, turning 17 in June. I live with my family at Bethesda and I am in athletics – I love to run. I am currently in grade 11 at a high school in Pretoria. I remember that I came to Bethesda in 2009 when I was 6 years old. I came with my two elder sisters. When we arrived, we received a very nice welcome and we felt at home.

Since 2009, my houseparents have been Mr. and Mrs. Sithole. When I arrived at Bethesda, I was very disrespectful and rebellious but by God’s grace I have grown into a respectful young lady. I love my Bethesda family so much. When I started high school, I learned what it was like to be in a new and different community of people and had to learn to develop my intrapersonal skills. I met new people, made new friends, and began my sporting career. I started playing netball and running cross country.

I currently do not have much of a relationship with my family of origin; however, I have a good relationship with my maternal aunt and her family as well as one of my elder sisters. Being at Bethesda has been a blessing to my life, even though sometimes it’s hard. I know that the impact of my stay here has been life changing because it was here I learned about God and how to become one of His children. I was also given an opportunity to be parented in a loving home and community. I know there were many efforts put towards my best interests and in keeping me safe.

This year, we had the Corona Virus disrupt our usual way of life and we aren’t allowed to go to school, go to the shops, or go to church. Remote schooling was introduced and it has not been easy and not everything is easy to understand. It is difficult to learn from home and it feels foreign. I find doing chores and schoolwork and staying focused is not easy; however, above all GOD IS GREAT and I appreciate Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.