David has learned more about his own needs and the needs of others.
by Kelly Ostrom
“I first heard about Hartland from a friend about a year after coming into the church,” says Pastoral Evangelism major David Symons, who comes from South Africa. “I was still becoming acquainted with the inspired writings of the Spirit of Prophecy. However, despite my ignorance, this school my friend spoke about really intrigued me.”
David is able to study at Hartland because of the Missionary Training Fund (MTF). He says that had it not been for the MTF, he would not have been able to afford to study here.
David has learned more about himself and he’s been drawn closer to God.
“God has used this place to expose my real character weaknesses as never before,” David shares. “This might sound like a bad thing, but it is really a great blessing, for in knowing these weaknesses, I am far more prone to turn to God and ask Him for strength.
“Through my various experiences and interactions here, I have learned the importance of keeping my walk with the Lord simple and to sacredly guard the time that I have with Him in the mornings and evenings. Also, through Hartland’s nursing home outreach, I have learned that the best way to overcome a spiritual decline is to become actively involved in service. Oftentimes I would feel discouraged and want to stay in my room and sulk, or at more serious times, pack up and go home. However, when I would go to the nursing home, I would be encouraged to continue my course and draw closer to Jesus.
“Another important lesson that I have learned is that of balancing mental and physical work. God has lessons for us not only in the Bible and other textbooks, but in nature as well. When I have worked outside, especially on the farm, I have learned many precious lessons, especially regarding the importance of self-denial and our need of the Holy Spirit.
“When I go back home, I would like to train people to be as self-sustaining and independent as possible. I want to teach them how to study the Bible for themselves, make their own natural treatments, and cook their own, healthful, plant-based foods. I want to follow the inspired command, ‘Educate, educate, educate!’”1
To those who give to the MTF, David would like to say how grateful he is for your assistance. “My dream of receiving training here at this wonderful school would have been impossible had it not been for your kind, freewill donations. May God bless you greatly in return for your kindness to me.”
1 White, Ellen G., Tetimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 590; vol. 7, p. 132