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Reawakening Hope

The Mission of a Motherless Child

by Kingsley Chukwuemeka Ihejirika PhD


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/1/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781664244955
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781664244979
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781664244962

About the Book

This is a memoir of my early childhood growing up in a remote and poor Nigerian village. My mother died when I was only 13 months old, leaving me exposed to a life without her nurturing and protective care. Moved from one foster home to another, I found love in some, indifference in others. My journey to adolescence was marked by loneliness and hardship. I experienced anger, shame, loneliness, misery, rebellion, sorrow and grief. This anguish was undeniably connected to the absence of my mother. I hated school, avoided people, and suffered in silence. It nearly tore me apart. Ironically, the very adversity which had been cause for paralyzing emptiness, became motivation for my rebound. I imagined myself through my mother’s eyes. What kind of son would she have loved for me to become? This introspective quest led to the person I am now. When I became a priest, I started a ministry to support women like her and orphans like me. Today, ten years after incorporation in the U.S. as a 501c3 non-profit, the Divine Mercy International Widows and Orphans Organization (DMIWOO) is opening a 150-bed capacity medical center in my remote village of Obike. Indeed, life is about the things that happen to us as much as it is about the use we make of them.


About the Author

Every situation of adversity presents two possibilities, danger or opportunity. The choices we make, under those circumstances, can lead to infinite consequences which are capable of determining, sometimes unalterably, the trajectory of our lives. Thus, we are not always as helpless as we sometimes like to think. There is always a choice. Through experiences of personal adversity, precipitated by a motherless childhood, this author was able to make the choice to rise from the rubbles of extreme emotional distress to become a huge ray of light in the lives of many otherwise hopeless widows and orphans. The goal of this author is to be that voice which enables you to realize the enormous power that lies within your hands to shape your destiny. This incredible story of triumph through tragedy will enable you to see that although we cannot change where or how the story of our lives begin, we can always change the way it will end.

Kingsley Chukwuemeka Ihejirika is a Catholic priest, born in Nigeria and has been working in the Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut since the past 10 years. He holds a few Master’s Degrees in Philosophy, Theology, Religious Education and Bioethics, from Imo State University, Nigeria and the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. He also holds a PhD from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. Currently, Reverend Ihejirika is half way through a Master’s program in clinical Mental Health Counseling, at the Divine Mercy University in Virginia USA.