After the death of his mother, Lazaro and his sister Regina lived with an aunt. Lazaro’s memory of his childhood is that he was sick all the time, up until he became a teenager. During his time in the orphanage no one thought he would make it to the end of his program. He could not keep up simply walking to and from school with the other kids, so we had to send a motorcyclist to go and bring him from school. Lazaro’s condition was declining, and it took a long time for everyone to realize that his poor health was the problem, not a developmental delay. Lazaro held onto his savior Christ Jesus during all these years, and his faith sustained him in the hours of agony. Lazaro slowly continued with his education.
Lazaro’s illness was mysterious, and it was only through prayer that he began to improve. In 2009 Lazaro was much better, and he completed his secondary school education. In 2010 we sent Lazaro to Beira, 14 hours by bus from Nampula, to Jean Piajet University Law School. Lazaro will be graduating in 2015 as a lawyer.