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J. Lee Dayklee

 

J. Lee Dayklee, was born April 6, 1994 in Nimba county.  He is the eldest of our boys His father was an immigration commander and he never met his biological mother. When he was 6 years old, his father was brutally attacked and killed by men in the community. After his fathers death, he lived with his stepmother until the end of the civil war. When he was 8, his biological mother was poisoned through witchcraft by one of her friends after an argument and died. At age 10, his uncle Ovinto and aunt Rose brought him to Monrovia to start 2nd grade.

 

A year later, they took him to an orphanage (The Children's Rescue Center) because the family was still struggling from the aftermath of the war and could no longer care for him. While at CRC he faced many challenges. The orphanage was an environment where physical and emotional abuse were the norm. He continued his schooling at the Kings Arms Academy through 9th grade and completed High School at Haywood Mission Institute in Monrovia.

 

In 2015, with the support of his “adopted mother” Julie Johnson, he spent a year studying theology at Adventist University of West Africa. His hard work in college paid off, securing for him, after a hard fought 10 months, an F1-Visa to continue his schooling here in the US. He is currently attending MCTC and living in Chaska, Minnesota. His goal is to bring a degree back to Liberia that will allow him to provoke change in his country and share the love of Christ with the poor.