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Dr. Michael Gboun

A Story of Curiosity

Change can be hard to deal with when it happens to us, and it is even more difficult when it affects our entire family. Sometimes, though, change becomes a blessing, and is the one thing that places a family on better footing than it was before. For the Gboun family, it was the curiosity of where the Lord wanted them, and the consequential "change" from living on the move from country to country to finally settling down in Canada, that was the blessing and fulfillment they were looking for.

Working for the United Nations, Dr. Michael Gboun was always on the move. "I left Nigeria in 1999 and joined the United Nations. We then moved to Botswana then to South Africa. From South Africa to Kenya. From Kenya to Somalia... then to Zambia. And then we bought property in Zimbabwe. And each time I am moving with a family." Finally, the UN moved Dr. Gboun to Guiana, and it was here that the Gboun family decided that they were close enough to First World countries to hopefully settle the family down in one of them. They chose Canada as they felt it had better "values" and thus a better fit for their family than the US would have been. The move, however, was all done as a leap of faith as they had no knowledge of Canada outside of discussions with other people in other countries. After first looking into a Boarding school in Quebec, they decided to come to Kamloops instead. The reason they chose Kamloops over all other places in Canada? Kamloops Christian School!

“ We didn't realize that, in the first world, you could have a school that promotes Godly values. So we jumped at it."

The Gboun family found out about KCS strictly through research, and then decided to contact Mr. Cuzzetto, who responded back. A few Skype discussions later, and the Gboun family was ready to make the move from Guiana to Canada. "We got into the plane not knowing where Kamloops was! We want to thank you as a family for facilitating our movement to Kamloops." Their curiosity about what the Lord had for them has translated into a positive turn for their family. "We are happy, super happy, with the school and with Kamloops". Further, Michael is happy that his family now lives in "a small city, where you don't get all the stress and complications" from bigger cities. In fact, because the "entire UN has been working virtually" the past while, he has been able to stay in his new hometown with his family for longer than he expected, something he also sees as a blessing.

For the entire Gboun family, it is the "Godly discipline" that a school like KCS can offer that makes it attractive. However, it took a courageous leap of faith and the willingness to move to an area that they knew nothing about that brought their family to where they are now. It was simply their curiosity about what more the Lord had in store for them that brought them to KCS. The Gboun family's story is a great reminder of how exciting it can be to ask, inquire, and search out the will of God for our lives. Not only does it remind us that the Lord has a plan for all of us, but it also acts as a remind to not be afraid of change: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). As written in Romans 12:2, let us also work to "not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect". To the entire Gboun family: welcome home!

If you want to hear more about what KCS can offer for your family, please contact the school for a one-on-one educational consultation with Mr. Cuzzetto. If you have a story about Curiosity, Character, or Courage, that KCS has already helped foster in your family and are open to sharing that with the rest of our incredible community, please contact Mr. Cuzzetto and book a Coffee with Cuzzetto time (!


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