It is hard to believe that it has been three years since Mongameli has been a student at ICSV. He came to us during the middle of his fifth-grade year in 2016, but during the two short years that we had together, we all got to know just how big his personality was and that his heart was even bigger. In seventh grade, the year that he died, he played soccer, basketball, and track. He was even involved in the middle school musical.
We will always remember just how desperately he wanted to win a trophy in track that he went out and ordered his own track medals. What a funny and fond memory of our dear friend. That is why there is still a track medal hanging on his picture in the Hall of Flags. The other ones that were donated by his teammates are now hanging in the nursery school that has been built in his memory by his family back in their homeland of South Africa.
This year we are not able to get together to play soccer in memory of Mongameli, but we are able to participate in something even bigger. We can donate to the nursery school in South Africa where they are raising funds to buy playground equipment, including soccer items, for the kids to enjoy. They need 3000 Euros to complete the project. If you would like to donate toward this project in Mongameli’s memory, please use this link to the Go Fund Me page that was set up by his family: https://www.gofundme.com/f/
We have great memories of Mongameli, but I’m sure that those who were closest to him still miss him a lot. During his memorial service, I took the time to remind us all that we do not grieve as those who have no hope. God has promised us that He is preparing a place for us in heaven where He will wipe every tear from our eye; a place where there will be no more sorrow or mourning or crying or pain. We are told in God’s Word, that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Mongameli loved Jesus, and so we have the blessed hope that we will see him again in heaven.
In Loving Memory of an Exceptional Young Man,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director