We are in the middle of a transition period. A week ago we welcomed new students to our Discipleship Training School, as well as welcomed returning students to our School of Ministry Development. In a few short weeks, one of our schools will be heading out to minister in Asia. It’s awesome; we love being in a period of transition. It’s also in these times of transition and change that we also have the opportunity to look back on what God has done through us.
At the end of every school, we ask students to write testimonies about their outreach. This one that we’re going to share with you was written by one of our returning students. We love this story because it reveals God’s heart for us on a personal level.
“Before DTS I was very involved with my church. I measured how good of a Christian I was by my work and how many hours I volunteered. I was always at church 5 days out of the week and busied myself volunteering.
While I was on outreach in South Africa, I had gotten sick during the last week and had to stay back. It was very hard for me to stay back from ministry. I felt like I was wasting my time. I came to South Africa to minister to people and share the Gospel with them and that was the one thing I couldn’t do.
The second day I had to stay back, I became tired of sleeping so I decided to read the Bible and spend time with Jesus. I came across a small part in scripture that talked about having peace, joy, and love. It completely captivated my heart. I started praying right then and asked God to fill me up with His Spirit. I said, “God, I want to be so filled up with peace, love and joy that people can feel things when they are in my presence. I don’t want to be known for my volunteer hours anymore. I want to be known for my love. I want people to experience the love of the Father through me.”
In that moment, I felt Him touch my heart. I felt Him hold my hands and say, “I’m so glad you asked.” A couple nights later at dinner, I found myself smiling for no reason. I wasn’t really thinking about anything, I was just overjoyed and staring at my drink. God had answered my prayer and no matter where I am, in every situation I find the happiness that us within it. I find myself always grinning with the joy of the Lord.
God didn’t send me to South Africa just to speak to the people. He also wanted to speak to me, God still hasn’t forgotten about me and never will.”