Andy Auti graduated in April 2015 from NLSTC in POM. He and four of his friends had walked three days and night over the Kokoda Track --96 kilometers of some of the roughest terrain in the world -- from Popendetta to come to City Mission and join the program many months earlier. Here is Andy’s story in his own words: “Before coming to City Mission my life was a mess. I was a great homebrew maker and drug smoker. I caused many problems in my community and with my family and friends. I felt hopeless, like nothing would ever change. I didn’t want to try. One day I was reading the newspaper and saw a story about City Mission and how it helped boys like me to change their lives. I knew I had a chance after all, and made up my mind to join City Mission. I told my parents I was going to walk to Port Moresby and join the program. Four of my friends decided to come with me. We all walked the Kokoda track for three days and nights to catch a bus to Port Moresby and join the program. It was a very hard journey climbing over the mountains, but we all wanted a chance to make our lives better. We all got accepted in the program and we all graduated together this past August. My parents and family are all very proud of me for completing the program.” Andy, his friends, like many other young men in png are desperate for a chance to change their lives and make something of themselves. In Andy’s case he was desperate enough to walk the Kokoda track – a journey that ended up transforming his life. Andy’s journey isn’t finished yet. Several months ago, while still in the programme, he was hired full time to work for a local retailer. Once Andy graduated from the NLSTC Programme he was hired by City Mission as a maintenance man in our Koki Administrative headquarters. “Once I got to City Mission my life started to change. I felt like my life was in order for once," he said. "I learned about God and how I could change the way I was. I was baptized in 2004 in primary school, but after high school I did a lot of bad things. The spiritual part of the City Mission programme was my favorite part, it was what I needed. Life on the streets is very hard, but I am very happy now, because I see God doing a lot of things in my life" Andy’s has a goal to go to electrician’s school and come back to work for City Mission in maintenance.
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