Meet Muzi Gwayi, a talented young man who was part of the first group of orphaned and vulnerable children to be taken into care at LIV Village in KwaZulu-Natal in 2011.

LIV Village, which is the result of former Protea cricketer Tich Smith and his wife Joan’s vision since 21 years ago, provides these children with a safe place to stay, a loving carer, food, schooling, and an opportunity to come to know God as their heavenly Father.

“In 1997, God gave me a picture of an African village on a hill. There were clusters of small homes surrounded by children, running and laughing. Mothers were sitting on the steps of these houses interacting with one another. The church was in the centre. There were schools and a skills/business development centre. I saw fields of vegetable gardens. He told me to build the village so that the orphan children will come to know Him as their Father; to create jobs for the rural communities so that they can sustain their families; and the Government will come and see why it works, and we can point them to the Cross.” – Tich Smith, Founder

The village exists to “rescue a child, restore a life, raise a leader, and release a star” and Muzi is a prime example. From being a vulnerable little one nearly 10 years ago, Muzi has now blossomed into a versatile musician who plays guitar, drums and keyboard thanks to the input of volunteers and teachers in the village. He confidently leads worship at LIV Church and forms part of the Generation 246 band which he co-founded with some of the other older boys in the village. On occasion, they even lead worship at Grace Family Church in Umhlanga.

Over the course of the past seven years, Muzi has also developed a desire to go to university and obtain a degree. The LIV Village Team is in the process of securing a potential internship for him at Gas Street Church in Birmingham, UK. This church has a strong focus on worship ministry and the renowned worship leader, Tim Hughes, forms part of the team that will be mentoring Muzi if all goes according to plan. After this potential internship, the opportunities for Muzi are endless and he is still in the process of deciding exactly what he would like to study.

A homegrown hero

Being part of the first Grade 12 class at LIV School, Muzi has a pioneering spirit and wants to excel in everything he does and leave a legacy for the children that will follow in his footsteps. He is also an outstanding leader and role model for the younger children in the village and his siblings’ hero.

He is a solid young man with his identity firmly rooted in Christ. He knows what he is working towards and is able to celebrate with his peers whenever they achieve something that he knows they have worked hard for, which shows a deep level of maturity.

Muzi’s beautiful story is just one of the many stories of hope at LIV Village. LIV aims to give each of its children the opportunities they need to excel in their God-given talents.

LIV VIllage is a partner of the Mergon Foundation. For more, go to www.liv-village.com.

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