Reverend Peter Bright, a Nigerian, and his wife Pastor Joan Bright, a Ghanaian, and their son, Peter Bright Junior, grace this month’s cover. The couple serve as in Dag Heward-Mills Literature Campaign and are in charge of Dag Heward-Mills’ Books & Energema DVDs in East Africa. They are also international speakers on Loyalty, Leadership, Work of Ministry and Marriage.
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Peter: We met and fell in love when we were students at the Anagkazo Bible and Ministry Training College in Accra, Ghana. Bishop Dag Heward- Mills founded the college in 2000.We got married in 2004 and have a son, Peter Bright Junior. We have worked in various countries including Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa and are currently in East Africa serving our offices in Kenya and Uganda.
DESCRIBE YOUR MARRIAGE
Joan: Our marriage has been blissful with a few challenges here and there but by God’s grace we have overcome them. We have learnt a lot on marriage from our role models, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills and Rev. (Mrs) Adelaide Heward-Mills. They value and respect each other, which we also apply in our own marriage.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF PARENTING?
Peter: It has been both exciting and challenging. It is exciting because we longed to have a child during the first five years of our marriage, so when he finally came, we had a good reason to celebrate. Peter Junior is playful, jovial and very intelligent. He is an attention seeker, which can be challenging. The Bright’s home is characterized by a father and son with a sanguine temperament, while the mother has a melancholic temperament.
HOW DO YOU DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILD?
Peter: We explain his mistakes to him before spanking him if necessary. We sometimes ask him to go to his room and think about his mistakes and this works well considering his temperament.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PARENTS RAISING CHILDREN?
Peter and Joan: Identify your children’s temperament early enough because all children are different. Love them equally and be there for them as best as you can. Talking and listening to them, correcting and guiding them while speaking the truth in love helps mould their character. It’s also fundamental to teach them about God and how to have a relationship with Him.
Clothes and Shoes: Models own
Grooming: Ashleys Beauty and Shop at The Mall,Westlands.
Make up: Joyce Muombe
Hair: Joyce Owiti
Barber: Charles Maina
Photography: Ben Muthee