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From Tragedy to Triumph

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From Tragedy to Triumph

by Megono Zhimomi, Overseas Council Partner Seminary Graduate
The tragic loss of a parent can greatly impact the path that a child chooses for their life. This was the case for Megono Zhimomi whose father was murdered when she was only five years of age. The Lord has proven that he can turn tragedy into good in Megono’s life.

“I held onto horrendous anger and hatred towards those who had killed my father,” remembers Megono. “As a young adult, I was encouraged by a mentor to lean into God, rather than be absorbed with revenge. After 15 years of holding onto revenge and hatred, I made a life-changing decision to give my heart to the Lord and became a new person in Jesus Christ.”

As Megono began growing in her relationship with Jesus, she applied to Shalom Bible Seminary, an Overseas Council partner seminary in India. Since graduating in 2013, she has been impacting others as a teacher and chaplain.

Currently, Megono serves as a missionary in Timor-Leste, a small country south of Indonesia; and has several responsibilities, including teaching English to adults and children, serving as the school secretary, singing on a local radio station, directing the community and children’s choirs, and preaching for their women’s services. Her students are predominantly non-Christian.

“Jesus has given me a remarkable stage to share with others about the hope that Jesus brings,” Megono shares. “My prayer is that God will use my life to reach these precious souls living in darkness. May we all faithfully do our part to multiply God’s kingdom.”

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