By ZACHERY PER
THE family of Naptali Samson believes that faith can move mountains.
That biblical-based saying simply means that if someone’s belief and confidence are strong enough, they can achieve anything that seems very difficult. Naptali, 18, knows that and is reaping the rewards.
The family hails from Dom Kagul in the Sinasina district of Chimbu.
Naptali has always dreamt of becoming an accountant and human resource manager. Now he has been offered a scholarship to study at the Southern University in Cebu, Philippines from next year to 2024.
His grandfather Papa Bre Arre puts it all down to their faith in God and the blessing which comes from serving Him faithfully.
“The blessings bestowed on my grandson are one of the best blessings from God. I wholeheartedly thank God.”
Naptali’s dad is Samson Bre, a pastor with the PNG Christian Fellowship.
He credits his son’s success and blessings to his faith in God and his dedication to education.
Bre always has confidence in God while serving as a pastor and he is happy to see Naptali secure a scholarship to study overseas.
“We’re originally from a province where tribalism and rivalry are prevalent. They stop children from going to school and getting an education. My family decided to put our faith in God and make the sacrifices. We feel blessed because Naptali has been given this opportunity to study overseas.”
Naptali went through his primary education at home and completed Grade 12 at the Mesauka Secondary School outside Goroka in Eastern Highlands in 2017.
He enrolled at the Asia Pacific College in Lae where he graduated with a diploma in business accounting and human resource studies.
He views that achievement as the first step towards achieving his dream of becoming a certified practicing accountant (CPA) and human resource manager.
The scholarship to travel to the Philippines and study at the Southern University in Cebu City gives him the opportunity to pursue degrees in the two fields he has been focusing on.
“ God is always good. Praise God. Amen.”
His family members are so happy and thank God for providing this unique opportunity to Naptali.
Naptali is the eldest in a family of three. His brother Augustine is in Grade 10 at the Muaina Secondary School and their sister Ive is in Grade Six at the Notofana Primary School, about eight kilometers west of Goroka.
According to dad Bre, Naptali is setting the example to his younger siblings on why one must work hard and have faith in God.
Bre is confident God will continue to shower His blessing on the family and they in turn will not waver in their faith in Him.
“God is always good. Praise God. Amen.”