My parents, though baptized Lutherans, never went to church. We never prayed at home where I heard more about Kaza, our clan spirit, than Jesus.
But our parents sent my siblings and me to Sunday school. There I met Hubert Mbalangu, Lutheran catechist, evangelist and kindergarten teacher. He taught us our first prayers, stories and songs about Christ — giving us memorable pictures of Jesus.
Because of Mr. Hubert, I never missed Sunday school. At age 4, I forced my way into the school's kindergarten, albeit without being registered, because I wanted to hear more from him.
One day, when I was about 6, our family visited Kaza's shrine at our clan priest's home. I don't know where I found the guts to face the shrine and say contemptuously, to the astonishment of my elder brother and sister: "Kaza, I do not like you. I am a child of God."
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