- A young man took to social media to share a heartbreaking post about his dad's death and the struggles he had to overcome to graduate
- He added God always provided and now he is the proud owner of a degree
- However, he wished his dad could have been there to see him graduate
Joshwin Anrich Wyatt Sampson-Pienaar took to social media to share an emotional post about his father, who took his own life after he lost his job and fell into depression.
Sampson-Pienaar explained he started studying three years ago and had no financial aid. However, despite losing his dad, getting rejected for bursaries and having no money to pay for his tuition, the young man succeeded in getting his degree - and he credited God for his success.
Briefly.co.za learned Sampson-Pienaar graduated with a Degree in Media Studies and Journalism at the University of the Free State.
Read Sampson-Pienaar's emotional post below:
"When I started out university in 2016, I had no financial aid whatsoever. Times were tough, and I had to solely rely on my parents to cover my registration fee, meal money and textbook money. It clearly put quite a lot of strain on them. And deep down inside, I felt awfully guilty for constantly having to bother them for money (it was the one expense after the other).
"My Dad ended up losing his job. He fell ill, and unbeknownst to us, he found himself on the edge of a deep dark hole of depression. Eventually he fell into that deep dark hole, and it arrested his whole being. Not even a speck of light could overcast the darkness that surrounded him.
"I went home for the December recess owing the university more than 50k. I had no idea how my parents were gonna pay that large sum of money. It stressed us all out!"
"During the year I applied for many bursaries - even NSFAS, and I was rejected multiple times. I felt like I failed my parents. I mean I was a top achiever in school ... How difficult was it for me to get a scholarship? Well, I realised that I might as well just drop out of university and take my own life in the process because I felt like a complete failure. I tried, but then the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and said, "So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10). It was evident that in that moment, God reminded me of His word. And I decided to trust Him in the process - even when I couldn't see anything physically manifesting...
"A week later (after the December recess), my Dad committed suicide. I was crushed. I felt betrayed by God. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't even pray. It felt as though my heart was ripped out of my chest. I was completely numb ... And in a quiet place, I once again heard the Spirit of the Lord speaking to me, and He said, "'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). Once again, I picked myself up, dust myself off, and told myself, "God, when I only see in part, I will prophesy your promise.
"A day after my Dad's passing, I checked my student account, and saw that my debt has been paid. I was in complete shock because I knew that neither my Dad nor my Mom had paid it. And y'all know what? It was the exact amount I owed the university. For the third time the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me, and He said, "he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is" (2 Timothy 2:13). That's when I broke down and just started worshipping Jesus with every bit of breath in my lungs.
"Two months later, I found out I got a scholarship which I didn't even apply for. It was just awarded to me based on my great results (I got distinctions for 60% of modules in my first-year) and leadership qualities. I ended up having the scholarship until my final year. Overall, I graduated with 15 distinctions (almost Cum Luaded), and I'm currently enrolled for an Honours degree in Media Studies and Journalism.
"Today, I wish my Dad was here to celebrate this achievement with me. He would've been so proud; hence, I dedicate it to him. I miss you Dad and I love you so much. This just the first step to greatness. More barriers will be broken. Watch the space. "No weapon that is fashioned against me shall succeed." (Isaiah 54:17) For "we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony." (Revelation 12:11)."
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