Lucky Adomba Agbavor is a member of the Dunamis English Assembly in the Community 12 District of The Church of Pentecost. He is one of the beneficiaries of the educational scholarship offered by the Church at the Pentecost University.
He is currently a student nurse at the university and a Child Labour Survivor advocate of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency whose mandate is to advance social and economic justice through setting international labour standards.
Lucky shares an inspiring testimony of how, through the grace of God, he was selected to represent Ghana at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour held in Durban, South Africa:
I read a news article about the “Honest Taxi Driver,” Mr Kwesi Ackon on The Church of Pentecost website, and was greatly inspired to share with you an exceedingly great testimony about what the Lord has also done for me in the past few weeks.
My main objective for sharing this testimony is to inspire you and encourage you to keep trusting in the Lord.
To put this in context. I come from a very humble background. To add salt to injury, I was rejected by my father, and had to endure excruciating hard labour as a child to be able to make ends meet. For the past six years, I have been lodging at Blessed Assembly church auditorium in Community 11. Life was unbearable, but the Lord is faithful; He has seen me through all my predicaments as well as my education. Through the grace of God, I obtained a scholarship from the Tema Area of The Church of Pentecost to pursue nursing at the Pentecost University.
After completing my clinical internship at the Tema General Hospital, I went back home to my mother at Sogakope in the Volta Region of Ghana for the rest of the holidays. On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, I received a phone call from the office of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).
The caller introduced herself as Miss Bridget Agyemang, the Secretary for Programmes and Projects at NUGS. According to her, she had been directed by the NUGS President, Mr. Dennis Appiah Larbi Ampofoh, to inform me that I have been selected as a Guest Speaker for the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour to be hosted by the Government of South Africa.
I instantly became dumbfounded and could not process all that I had been told. I was well overcome with shock. I only came back to myself after she asked the question: “Lucky, do you have a passport?” To which I responded, “No please.” Through the assistance of NUGS, All-Africa Students UNION AASU, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation and the 100 Million Campaign Foundation, I went through all the processes and obtained a passport and the visa for the trip.
The conference was slated for Sunday, May 15; I touched down in the Kwazulu-Natal Province of Durban on Sunday afternoon and headed straight to the International Convention Centre (the largest convention centre in Africa) to a room full of top government officials, renowned business people, trade unionists and NGOs from all over the world.
Everything was happening so quickly that I could hardly process it. Just an hour later, I shared the same stage with some great personalities such as H.E. Stefan Löfven (Prime Minister, Sweden), Mr Kailash Satyarthi (Indian Nobel Peace Laureate), Hon. Thembelani Thulas Nxesi (Minister of Labour, South Africa), Mrs Leymah Roberta Gbowee (Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Winner-2011), and Miss Nozipho Tshabalala, a globally-recognised South African moderator.
The session, dubbed the “Peace Laureate,” gave me the opportunity to share my story with the world as a Child Labour Survivor. I was also interviewed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) News Agency, Voice of America (VOA), US Presidency’s Media Agency (USPA), and the France24 News Network, among several other international media outlets.
I would like to thank the Almighty God for locating me with His grace. I owe it all to Him. I would also like to thank the Tema Area of The Church of Pentecost for granting me the scholarship to study at the prestigious Pentecost University. It is this kind gesture that granted me the avenue to become who I am today.
To God be the glory!