16 February 2013

Zambia: Mwinsa's Inspirational Life Journey

THE album "Infintu Lesa Amfumyamo" revolves around contemporary realities confronting society today.

It is a testimony by an orphan, Elvis Mwinsa, who lost his wealthy father when he was a teenager.

Elvis is a living testimony of an orphan who has come from the shadows of sin and pain to become a role model and is also an exhibit of inspiration to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He lost his father John Mwisa in 2000 when he was only 10 years old and can hardly remember the cause of his father's death as he was too young to understand.

But he knew that he and his younger brothers would not have a privilege of growing up under fatherly care.

Elvis remembers one heart rending moment in his life when relatives of his late father allegedly grabbed every valuable item and money leaving him destitute.

He remembers that before the death of his father, relatives from the extended family used to visit his family.

"No matter how much money you have, it will not add value to your life if you don't have Christ in you; all riches are enjoyed when you have the Lord in you. We lacked spiritual food in our house, my father never used to speak about God until he was about to die," Elvis surprisingly remembers this bit.

In the midst of loneliness and pain, relatives disappeared after the death of his father.

Despite all that, he had a living hope that his life would change for the better some day.

At some point, Elvis's mother could not provide food for the family and the young boy took a courageous step to go and live with his uncle but was asked to leave the following day though he did not.

"They said I was uninvited," he recalls.

Disappointed as he was, he shared a bed with his cousins that used to bed-wet but he was the one who always carried the cross as he would be accused of being the culprit.

Because Aof this, he was asked to leave the house because he was said to be contaminating the other children.

"She told me that my father had not left them a mattress that I could sleep on and urinate on."

Elvis still remembers one incident which he narrates:

"One day, I bathed and asked for some lotion to apply on my body and was given cooking oil to use. I was given a little portion of sugar to add to water so that I could drink as my breakfast."

Now this was rather too much! The mistreatment forced Elvis to return to his mother who was still struggling to put food on the table.

Attending school remained a pipedream because of lack of school fees.

He remembers one day asking his mother why the family was suffering when there was God for the poor and suffering.

However, now he is the one calling on people who are experiencing what he went through to seek God. He stayed with different families and went through tough times leading him to appreciate God more now.

He now tells a story of how through prayer God, opened up opportunities of success few years ago.

He discovered that he had a talent for singing and has since released an album which is a collection of testimonies of his troubled childhood.

The testimony, as a collection of the past yet painful life, is a must-listen to especially by all gospel lovers.

The CD, which was launched last year in November with the help of several pastors from different church denominations, has successfully become a hit on the local market.

Elvis said he decided to release his testimony album so that people could learn from the mistakes his relatives made when his father past on.

His songs show what relatives can do when death strikes. They can ill treat surviving relatives who are left behind by the deceased.

Out of greed, he was forced to become a street kid at a tender age despite his father having been wealthy.

He says through his moving testimony that his life has never been the same since the death of his father in 1997.

The album offers solace to orphans and displaced children.

"I am hoping that this project will give hope to all orphans out there who are going through what I went through," e said.

He thanks men of God who supported his project making him realise that God was on his side.

The album was produced by Shizney Records and its eye-catching cover design was done by JM studios in Kitwe.

His testimony assures traumatised people more especially orphans, widows and widowers that God does not forsake people who call upon Him.

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