Dare To Dream: Degree Pool of Bethesda Scholarship

Growing up in a poverty-stricken environment meant getting a college education was not an easy undertaking for Munsamy Govender. However, after Munsamy heard the call on his life to become a pastor, he didn’t let this stop him. Enrolling in Christian Leaders Institute was the start of expanding upon what he believes God has called him to do. Read the inspiring story below about what our Pool of Bethesda Scholarship means to Christian Leader’s College student, Munsamy Govender!


About Me

A little about my true self, I am a 56-year-old Asian male, born and raised in Durban, South Africa. Life was never easy for my siblings or me; it was a real challenge to survive due to our poverty status. But our will to survive against those trying odds was way greater than our circumstances. I am very passionate about the things of God. My burning desire is to preach the Word of God unhindered wholeheartedly to a people fast perishing. I am married to a wonderful woman, and together we have two beautiful children. My wife Vasie is a God-fearing woman and is equally passionate about church and the Kingdom of God; she has and continues to be my support and pillar of strength.


My Christian Walk

My family and I fully immersed ourselves in the work of our local church. We are involved in all departments, especially the outreach programs evangelism, hospital ministry, home cells, intercessory, feeding schemes, etc. My biblical studies began as early as 2009 through the Full Gospel Church of God College in South Africa. My passion to minister the Word of God grew stronger and stronger as the years went by. Unfortunately, due to the global recession of 2008, I was retrenched from work, bringing my biblical studies to a complete halt because of financial constraints. However, all Glory be to God Almighty who graciously led me to CLI through which my biblical studies resumed. In August of 2014, I got ordained as a minister in our local church. In August of 2016, with the grace of God, my family and I opened a small church – “Cornerstone Tabernacle Ministry” in a classroom in another small town to meet the spiritual needs of the neediest in a very impoverished community. Today, our church remains closed due to the covid-19 pandemic and safety requirements of the school. However, we remain hopeful that God will soon make away for us where there seems to be no way.

The Pool of Bethesda Scholarship

A degree or an Associate’s degree is a highly sought-after qualification. Sadly, it is out of reach for many sincere seekers due to the educational institute’s stringent qualifying enrollment, educational, and monetary requirements? The Pool of Bethesda Scholarship offers HOPE to us students who fall outside of this institutional requirement and condition. My desire for the past 12 years has been to secure a recognized ministry degree. An Associate’s Degree will provide me with the much-needed impetus to grow my small church. Certificates and Diplomas do have their place, but here in South Africa, they bear no weight. Through this degree, I will be able to appeal to various institutes for assistance to help grow our church and expand our church membership base. This degree will vastly help establish my study credentials and my pastoral ship as a leader. And as a mentor minister, it would be my greatest joy to develop a learning center within our church and see students enroll in CLI’s leadership programs. 

My ministry vision is to establish a sound biblical-based teaching ministry that would draw in like-minded people with a passion for the things of God and His Kingdom. To see spirit-filled and spirit-led men and women rising from all walks of life and impacting the community around them in a positive way for Christ Jesus. I desire to be well equipped through CLI’s educational platform, plant many churches, raise many church leaders within these churches, and pay it forward. 


So, why am I appealing for a scholarship? Without the funds to pay my way through for this degree, the School of Bethesda scholarship is my only hope to secure this scholarship and accomplish my spiritual goals. This scholarship will open up doors of opportunities for my ministry to thrive in a highly challenging environment. My prayer is not for the most worthy person to receive this scholarship. I am in no way in any competition with my fellow brethren, for we labor towards the same end, for the same cause, for the Lord Jesus Christ. My appeal for this scholarship is based mainly on a desire to leave behind a legacy of God’s faithfulness. John Quincy Adams wrote,” If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more and become more, you are a leader”…. I have dared to dream!

I thank you.

Kind Love & Regards

Munsamy Govender


Do you feel the call on your life to obtain biblical training? Click HERE to learn more about the tuition-free scholarship program that we offer. The Pool of Bethesda Scholarship can make your college dreams come true, just like they did for Munsamy!