Photo 1: Pastor Costa
Photo 2: Pastor Costa and Cr David Pahlke
Photo 3: Group shot – Cr David Pahlke, Cr Sheila Ireland, Cr Kerry Silver & Cr Kylie Stoneman
Photo 4: Pastor Costa and Publicist Wendy Millgate
ONE man’s inspirational and heart-wrenching journey from orphan to refugee to Australian citizen was celebrated when the inaugural Read Local event was held at Redbank Plains Library. Ipswich Pastor Constantin B. Mukendi, or Costa as he likes to be known, enthralled an audience of about 40 as he discussed his life story and recently released book, I Could Have Been a Street Kid.
Library and Youth and Seniors Committee Chairman Councillor David Pahlke said the Read Local initiative was about celebrating local authors. “Costa’s book I Could Have Been a Street Kid is an inspirational memoir of resilience, faith, survival, family and love,” Cr Pahlke said. In 1993, Costa fled war torn Congo and spent the next 11 years in a refugee camp in Zambia before resettling in Australia and eventually making his way to Bellbird Park. He is a leader in the community and now helps other refugees settle in Australia through orientation, life skills, linguistics and social support.
“Costa has beaten the odds and has a message to share that can make a difference to the lives of others,” Cr Pahlke said. “The Read Local series is a way to celebrate local authors and help them to connect with Ipswich readers.” Ipswich Libraries plans to host more Read Local events in 2017. To keep up with events at Ipswich Libraries visit www.ipswich.libraries.qld.gov.au