Picasso once said that the meaning of life is to find your gift while the purpose of life is to give it away.
This is exactly what 10-year-old reverend Victor Githu has been doing, ever since he discovered his gift at the tender age of five.
"I used to stand on stools and minister to children using a maize cob as a microphone," the enthusiastic preacher told Dj Mo and his co-host Grace Ekirapa during NTV's Crossover 101 show on Sunday, January 19.
Reverend Githu wowed the NTV presenters not only due to his eloquence but his in-depth knowledge of the bible.
The young preacher was interested in one thing and one thing only ever since he discovered his gift and that was to minister the word of God.
He once confessed to having attempted to take his life at the age of five, when his mother tried to curtail his blossoming career.
"I told myself, 'you lady if you do not want me to preach, it is better I commit suicide'. But as I was trying to tie the rope, I remembered I needed to say goodbye to my brother. My brother could not let me die and he immediately ran to inform my mum," he once narrated.
His mother who was also present during the live gospel show explained what finally brought her around to supporting her son's passion for preaching.
"He told me that he can preach but I just didn't believe him. I didn't even know that he knew English," she recounted
"So I took him to the market and then went and hid at one of the stalls just to see what he would do. To my surprise, he went ahead and gave a powerful sermon on obeying God with all that you have. I realised there and then that this was his calling," she further disclosed.
On his part, Githu opened up on the various challenges he constantly faces due to his relatively young age.
"People used to say that I'm crazy when I started preaching, but I tell them one thing, you'd better have craziness that can take you far than the wisdom that will take you nowhere," he said.
Quizzed on whether he misses being a child and getting involved in games with his agemates, he simply said 'no' and added that he prefered engaging in activities such as biking and swimming.
He has been a huge hit on various social media platforms, with his very first video going viral on twitter. Currently, videos of his lively sermons, prayers and interviews garner an average of 100,000 views on YouTube, a remarkable fete for someone so young.
Githu is already being mentioned as one of the evangelists to watch, with his profile on a trajectory that has seen him mentioned among household televangelists such as Pastor Maina Ng'ang'a of Neno evangelism.
His mother gave a candid confession on the struggle she faces due to her son's ever-growing profile.
"There have been many challenges especially from neighbours and friends who always go around saying I'm just making money out of my son's prominence," she revealed.
She went on to make it clear that it was actually Evangelist Lucy Wa Ngunjiri -Founder of Prayers Beyond Boundaries Ministries, and Gospel presenter in Itaha Ria Muoyo on Kameme FM, who had volunteered to cater for her son's every need including the clothes he wears.
"I thank God for the favour," she reiterated.
Here's a short clip of the young preacher in his element at NTV studios:
- Stance27 September 2020 - 5:20 pm
- out and about27 September 2020 - 5:07 pm
- Surge27 September 2020 - 3:59 pm
- Milestones27 September 2020 - 4:21 pm
- Expert Advice27 September 2020 - 2:43 pm
- Ranked27 September 2020 - 2:30 pm
- unveiled27 September 2020 - 2:16 pm
- Commendable27 September 2020 - 1:24 pm
- people power27 September 2020 - 11:34 am
- Costly Journey27 September 2020 - 11:37 am
- Outed27 September 2020 - 11:09 am
- battle27 September 2020 - 9:59 am