Joseph Kazidi came to the school at Talawanda with quite a back story. He had spent his life and career working as a soldier. While he was serving as an armed security guard at a bank, that bank was robbed. The robbers cut him down with machine gunfire. He took several bullets, one destroyed his elbow, and his other injuries were critical.
After fighting for his life he returned to his native village of Talawanda to finish recovering. This episode caused him to seek God. He had heard about a school in town that was teaching the Bible, so he came and asked to learn about Jesus. After sharing the Gospel with him he was baptized in a nearby creek. He immediately desired to enroll as a student so that he could learn more and share that knowledge with others. So, he was enrolled at the beginning of the second year. He will stay and complete the first year of instruction with the next intake.