“I was sure God was leading me to Hartland College,” says health ministry freshman Lanardo Rolle.
by Lanardo H. Rolle as told to Kevin Wahl
At the end of 2013, I attended the GYC* conference in Orlando, Florida. While I was eating breakfast one morning, two older ladies sat next to me, and we introduced ourselves.
I told them that I enjoy mission service. I had just come from a Maranatha Volunteers International mission trip in Prescott, Arizona, where we repaired classroom buildings for students at Camp Yavapines. “Mission service has always been my passion,” I said, “but I need to be better trained so I can do more.”
After hearing this, one of the ladies—Yolanda—said to me, “You should go to Hartland!” She directed me to a booth in the exhibition hall where I was to ask for a man named Cody Francis. I found the booth, and he answered my questions and gave me some reading material.
I started applying to Hartland College immediately after the GYC conference. I couldn’t afford to attend, but I applied anyway. Yolanda continued encouraging me every step of the way, even after I returned to my country, The Bahamas. She prayed with me after every conversation. Then Yolanda would say, “Lanardo, if it’s God’s will, He will make a way.”
When I finally received an email stating that I’d been accepted and would be supported by the Missionary Training Fund, I shed tears of joy. I was sure God was leading me to Hartland.
I’ve nearly completed my first year now, and the Lord has taught me many wonderful truths. He’s given me victory over many things, and I am confident that He will be with me to the end. At Hartland I’ve been learning how to reach out to people and meet their needs through various outreach programs. When I return home, I plan to use what I’ve learned here in many ways—holding health expos, giving Bible studies, conducting cooking classes, doing youth ministry, and more! My desire is to take the gospel to every island of The Bahamas and to other countries near and far.
To the many faithful persons who support international students like me who cannot afford education, thank you very much. The Word states, “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.” Hebrews 6:10, 11. Always remember that the promises of God are sure!
*Generation of Youth for Christ