If you ask Wilfred Mutale how he decided to come to Geneva College, you wouldn't be the first. “That is a very frequently asked question,” he smiles. Wilfred is from Zambia and says “it was beyond my imagination or conception that I would end up here.”
Wilfred worked for five years after graduating from high school and found out about Geneva through a friend. He applied to Geneva College and three other schools — two in Canada and one in England — and was accepted by all four within the same month.
“I prayed about it, and the more I prayed and trusted God, the clearer my vision was becoming,” he says. Wilfred decided to come to Geneva, and on May 22, 2006, he stepped onto American soil for the first time.
Wilfred grew up in a catholic household. His mom took him to church every Sunday, but it wasn't until the ninth grade that Wilfred really understood his need for Christ. “It’s been an awesome journey ever since. There are times when I fall, but I get up and keep running.”
Life at Geneva College has not only built Wilfred’s faith, but has given him a deeper understanding of the world. He says that his classes, especially the Humanities, have given him the ability to ask tough questions and look for the answers. “What is the significant thing in this life? Do you see a world that’s being redeemed where everything God has done is for a purpose? Or do you see a world that’s going to die and live for life now because it’s all you've got? Those questions bring you closer to God.”
Wilfred’s prayer and hope is to go to graduate school for his master’s in business administration, then go back to Zambia to make life better for his people. “I have a strong need to go back home,” he says. “My people need to receive proper education, that is, education from a Christian perspective. I want to help my people with the same love and compassion I have received.”
Wilfred’s long-term vision is to work in key government positions so he can change policies that are hurting the people.
Wilfred graduated from Geneva College in May 2010.
Geneva prepares students for a wide range of environmental careers through a B.S. degree in environmental science and an engineering concentration in environmental technology.