Message from the Father to Chengelo Victim

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“ALL the boys in the dorm during Gawen’s assault are just KIDS who ONLY have a FEW more years left where they can be guided and shown that God’s LOVE defeats all evil, no matter how IMPOSSIBLE the situation may seem.”

I SAY, “LET GOD AND ARISE NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE”. AMEN.

The father to the Chengelo victim that was bullied and beaten by his dormitory mates has pleaded that the perpetrators be forgiven unconditionally and the matter attain closure for his son

He also stated that he wishes that the family doesn’t wish to pursue criminal matters against the perpetrators.

Many will remember a video of a whiteman speaking fluent Bemba with Kasama District Commissioner, Kashiwa that went viral.

His name is Luke Powell of Lusanto Farms of Mungwi, near Kasama in Northern Province.

Luke is the father to the Chengelo victim, Gawen Powell.

Luke Powell’s Bemba accent is perfect and original of Bemba speakers.

Below is his letter to the school!

Message sent to Chengelo Principle and Chief Inspector ZP HQ Lsk.

Dear Mr Cowling,

The underlying ethos I have taken away from all the Chengelo school presentations that I have attended, is how well rounded students become by attending Chengelo ; where they live in a caring family environment based on God’s fundamental principles.

I commend the school for acknowledging students who exhibited personal sacrifice and are always ready to help others. ALL the boys in the dorm during Gawen’s assault are just KIDS who ONLY have a FEW more years left where they can be guided and shown that God’s LOVE defeats all evil, no matter how IMPOSSIBLE the situation may seem.

This is THE opportunity for Chengelo to show Zambia (social media) that God’s LOVE triumphs over evil, by showing these boys love and not rejection. We need to be extremely careful and aware of the possibility of KIDS feeling ‘overwhelmed’ and committing suicide.

The board’s decision to expel the two students assaulting Gawen does not come as a surprise considering the many pressures that are demanding this action to be taken.

I do NOT believe this is the correct (long term) solution for ALL concerned as clearly, expulsion did not help the children in the past since expulsion does not demand having to face the consequences nor be accountable for their actions. We implore the board to reverse its decision to expel the boys so that the all can be accountable, be given care, counseling and God’s love.

This is the time to show FAITH that God will protect the school against ALL obstacles and not bow down to earthly pressures based on a punishment that does not show LOVE and compassion.

Gawen needs closure with Jabu and Mwila which may not be possible should their expulsion from school go ahead – with this in mind, I have invited Jabulani and Mwila to come with their respective fathers to spend a few days with Gawen and his father (myself), to be alone away from external influences to spend time being human in each other’s company to appreciate each other in God eyes.

My paramount desire is for the all the boys concerned to come away having learnt the POWER of LOVE. I feel this can only be shown by Chengelo school reversing its decision to exclude Mwila and Jabulani, by taking the FIRST step along a VERY hard and contentious road – let us have FAITH in GOD and ALL will learn the POWER of God’s LOVE.

Yours humbly, Luke Powell(Gawen’s father)

12 Responses to Message from the Father to Chengelo Victim

  1. A very touching and humble sentiments. Yes God’s love is all what is needed to cure evil. I like the concern by the father of the victim on the other sons’ future. I wish such could be in most parents so that we build our nation by raising responsible children. it should also be a lesson for parents whose children attacked their colleague to take measures that their children will not behave in such away. God bless the Powells for showing LOVE and not vengeance. God bless Our mother Zambia too.

    Mwanamalenga
    October 11, 2017 at 8:33 am
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  2. Your response n letter are a great inspiration and a lesson to all parents. Some of us would have taken the path of an eye for an eye. I do hope the school will see through all this an rake it as a challenge in pupil teaching by reinstating those students so as to bring a big change in their self.

    Bobby
    October 11, 2017 at 9:29 am
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  3. very touching one in a million

    christopher
    October 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
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  4. Those bullies need to be disciplined, expelling them is not enough. That is a pure police case.Suppose the victim dies of internal injuries,what are u going to do as a parent?.

    Kali
    October 11, 2017 at 10:29 am
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  5. I AM EXTREMELY HUMBLED BY THE WISDOM AND FAITH IN GOD OF THIS MAN. I PRAY FOR GOD’S FORGIVENESS OF MY EARLIER FEELING ABOUT THE ASSAILANTS.MAY GOD ONE DAY GRANT ME THE GRACE TO SHOW LOVE TO ALL.
    HOW I WISH I OULD ONE DAY MEET AND TALK TO THIS TRUE BELIEVER IN GOD.

    Kongwa
    October 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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  6. I dropped a tear i was so emotional about the sentiments in the letter from the victim’s father because am one of the parents who after watching that video felt those boys deserved the worst my heart ached and i really felt angry. There are lessons to be learnt in our walk with Christ and this is one of them. I pray that the seed of forgiveness that the Powell’s have sewn into these two boys will germinate and grow into a tree of love that they will always cherish and give back to humanity. This one act has compounded many facets of God’s love which I hope will make them grow into better men because the cloud of this act will always hover over them it will never go away. It is about giving the other cheek indeed.

    Sylvia Yamba
    October 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm
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  7. Excellent reaction Mr Powell. That is just about the best way this matter should be handled but unfortunately, this heartfelt and redemptive approach does not work for African children. Remember that this is the second expulsion by a second school for one of the bully boys and therefore, authorities need to get a little harder otherwise we will be hardening the boys for bigger crimes of which the larger societies will be victims.

    Your good approach may bring closure and healing to you and your son Gawell but it will open the door to harm the wider society at the hands of these bad boys if they are not given a hard treat this time.

    Thanks for your goodness Mr Powell but unfortunately that’s not the language African children understand.

    Jerabo
    October 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm
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  8. Wow….GOD lives in you Mr. Powell…am speechless…am at a crossroads where one half of me wants JUSTICE and the other wants COMPASSION and FORGIVENESS….it is hard for a parent to watch such a brutal assault on their helpless child and still be strong and preach forgiveness and closure…i salute you..i can only imagine the pain your family had to go through…we will let GOD take charge, however, even in religion, we have rules and etiquette as well as punishment.

    Tommy
    October 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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  9. Powell,you’re a rare one in a million, and you have done what Jesus said we should do when we are wronged.I really need to get in touch with you, my e mail : [email protected]. may the good Lord bless you abundantly.

    Henry Dane Zulu
    October 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm
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  10. How I wish HE Edgar Lungu could do this to kambwili, Scott, Chanda and others

    pimping
    October 11, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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  11. Luke, You are a very wonderful person. I have been faced with a similar situation before and I chose to forgive some chaps who assaulted my son a few years ago.
    We have to have compassion even for those that trespass against us. Some people in this country need to learn a big Lesson from this.(ECL – HH)

    God richly bless you.

    muntungwa
    October 13, 2017 at 9:56 am
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  12. Yes forgiveness is the cornerstone of Christianity. The Almighty Lord richly bless you and your entire Family Sir.

    Emmanuel Kalumba
    October 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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