The Herald of Christian Science interviewed four international students who spent last summer interning at The Mother Church: Shirley Moihloe from South Africa, Oliver Simpson from England, MoonHee Kwon from South Korea, and Job Okello from Kenya. They shared their thoughts on challenges facing youth in their own countries, and how they have prayed to overcome them in their own lives.
Shirley: The major challenge for youth in South Africa is unemployment. Fifty-two percent of young people do not have work. Many do not see the need to study and prefer taking any low-paying job doing anything that brings them some money. Some turn to selling drugs or to crime; some to selling things on street corners. Since my family did not have the money for it, I was not planning to go to university, and I looked for a job right out of high school. I prayed with the 23rd Psalm, knowing that “my cup runneth over” (verse 5), that God had filled my life with good. I rapidly got a job as a personal assistant in a brokerage firm. I was planning to stay, but I continued to pray with the idea of infinite supply, knowing that “the Lord is my shepherd” (verse 1), taking me wherever I need to be, meeting my needs. And a new door opened for me.
Oliver: I think that it’s unbelievably important finding not just employment but also finding a clear path in life. Having a sense of place, knowing that there is a divinely appointed place for everyone so that no one can ever be out of their right place! That’s what I like about Mary Baker Eddy’s writings. They have that firm reassurance that there is a divine plan for each one of us.