Monday, April 19, 2010

Meet the Voices of Micronesia #6 - Kita Mokut

I was back on campus today after a, comparatively, relaxing three days in Yap. There are many things happening, but today on my schedule was to interview 5 students for this series of blog posts. One of the unexpected joys of doing this series is that I have been able to spend time one-on-one with each of the students on the team to talk about them. I am learning a lot of things about Micronesians and their cultures that I didn't know and, even better, I am getting to know the students as unique individuals and deepening friendship with them. This is something I miss having to spend so much time in the office doing administration. We have an amazing group of students here. So let me introduce you to....

Kita Mokut
  Home: Polle in the Faichuuk region of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
  Age: 19, Kita is a 2nd year student in the BA in Bible program with a minor in General Ministries

Though Kita was born in Chuuk she spent the first 13 years of her life on Guam. Her parents were separated before she was born and her mother moved to Guam. She did not get ever get to meet her biological father during her childhood years. This caused some resentment toward her family and she became, in her own words, "a problem child." Her maternal grandfather heard about her problems and had her brought back to Chuuk in October of 2003. These grandparents planned to put her into Catholic school but plans were quickly changed. Her biological father heard that she was in Chuuk and came to get her. She says, "For the first time I felt loved and secure with my real father," so she went with him and she lived with him during her high school years. When she lived on Guam she had not heard about God from her family, but in her father's family it was different. Her grandfather is a leading pastor in Chuuk and he led Kita to Christ. She became "a different person" after her commitment to Christ and being able to spend time with her father's family. She saw clearly the difference between a Christian family and one that does not have Christ at its center.

After attending Berea Christian School from 8th to 12th grade, Kita had many options for college. She wanted to go to school in Japan, but when she visited the PIU campus at Christmastime she knew that PIU was where God wanted her to go to school. Through the preparation process for this trip she has really learned to trust God. Her mother told her that the trip would cost too much money and she should not get her hopes up to go. Her response was "this amount of money is nothing to God, let's watch him supply it." The provision of her needs for this trip has been a real witness to her family. This is the first time Kita will see the US Mainland and the first time she has been on a mission trip. But she likes to try new things and take risks in life. She is looking forward to meeting Americans "who aren't missionaries," and wants to "return the favor" to the American missionaries who reached out to Chuuk by reaching out to "lost ones" in America.

After she graduates with her Bible degree, Kita would like to earn a 2nd degree in accounting and return to Chuuk as a teacher or get a job in a bank. Either way she wants to bring Christ's light to the people of Chuuk wherever she is employed.


Leeman said...

you go Kita. God is super good. Wow.. same here sister. I'm gonna be so excited when we go to the Mainland..

meyoumarar said...

YOu go gurl. Same here it's going to be my first time too.

Jen said...

Go Kita! Great story. I love watching God work through you all and provide for you all.
xoxo jen

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