Thokozile, more commonly and affectionately known as Thoko, spent ten years living with her biological family in Lusaka, Zambia before she and her older brother, Lubasi, came to My Father’s House in October of 2004. They have lived in Lusaka House 1 with Mama Christie ever since.
Out of all the children in the MFH program, Thoko is one of my dearest friends. Yes, you read that correctly: friends. Though she is a senior in high school and thus several years my junior, her maturity truly exceeds her years. Whenever we have a conversation around the dinner table in her home, I feel like I am talking to one of my very best friends from back in the States. It’s easy to forget the girl is only 18 years old.
Not only is Thoko incredibly mature, she is also extremely bright. She excels in every subject (though I guarantee you she would modestly shake her head and giggle as if to say, “Not at all” if she heard me praising her intelligence and hard work) but finds English, Biology, and History to be her absolute favorite areas of study. She is also an incredibly talented artist who has a tendency to disappear for hours to create the most beautiful sketches and paintings. After she writes her grade 12 exams in November, Thoko hopes to follow in the footsteps of her older brother and attend college at an accredited Zambian University around this time next year. However, while Lubasi continues to prepare to be a lawyer, Thoko rather hopes to study biology to one day become a doctor or a dentist. I know what you’re thinking: They are are studs.
You know those women who just radiate beauty? Thoko is one of them. And while she’s outwardly stunning, of course, it is her inner beauty that is so deeply captivating. Though she is often very playful and sassy, she never fails to walk with grace, poise, and elegance—especially in her interactions with her younger siblings. She is so loving and so kind to them, and she constantly points them in the direction of the Lord to make sure they are taken care of.
– Kate Colwill
Read more from Kate Colwill on her blog: Counting it All Joy.