Not sure if I'll be able to finish my degree


November 23, 2018

Dear Pastor,

I am 25 and currently in my third year at college, and I am also pregnant. I am currently living with my partner and we are in a committed relationship and looking forward to getting married soon.

He works and supports us the best way he can. He is a blessing.

Life has not always been easy for me. Through many abuses as a child, sexual and emotional, I am still here today giving thanks, as I never thought I would have achieved this much.

I am the only one in my family to go to college, and I just want to help them and show them that they, too, can make a change.

The road has been rough and I can only give thanks, to God as He is the reason why I am here today.

Pastor, I never thought I could get pregnant due to the numerous amounts of times I've been sexually abused. I've had complications with my body growing up because of that.

But here I am, pregnant today, and I consider it a blessing because not many are afforded the opportunity of carrying a child.

I have taken student loans for all the years I've been enrolled in college, except for next semester in January 2019.

I am not sure if I'll be able to attend school, so I took the loan for this semester only. I have been doing well in school and have been awarded for my performance.

I only want the chance to complete my bachelor's degree and to continue helping others in any way I can. And I will be better able to do so in the field that I am in.

I only want to contribute positively to work to make things better for those who are in need in the country.

I do not have the resources to support myself financially for school next semester. I am wondering if I could raise chickens to sell to secure the money I would need.

But, I am not sure if it's a feasible idea as I do not own a refrigerator, nor have the necessary finances to start this up. I am doing research to see how the process works.

Please advise me on how best to tackle this issue and possible solutions to my problem.

Thanking you in advance.

A. L.

Dear A.L.,

I do not wish to discourage you for having the desire to be an entrepreneur. But, I believe that since you're expecting to give birth soon, raising chickens will be too demanding and stressful.


You did not state what kind of work your fiancEe does. But, so far, he has been able to support you.

Perhaps he should continue doing so, and you should go back to the Student's Loan Bureau (SLB) and borrow some more money that would be enough to pay for your last year in college.

Perhaps after you have given birth and are feeling strong, you may wish to try the chicken business or some other type of work.

People who are involved in the raising of chickens have to earn a living from it and have to have enough space to build a proper chicken coop. Also, the feed is very costly.

I hope that you will not feel that I am trying to discourage you. I am talking from experience, as I used to raise hundreds of chickens, both boilers and layers.

In order to earn something substantial from raising chickens, one has to have help.

I want to congratulate you for your determination. Thank God you are doing well at school. Do not give up.

You have a good man and I hope that he would continue to give you all the support that he can.

After you have given birth, please let me hear from you. You may even send me a picture of the baby.

Do not be in a hurry to get employment after giving birth as you are going to need rest.

My prayers are with you. God bless you.


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