They help round out young people’s characters and skills.
In my mind I can picture God’s ideal for young people, and it looks something like the following: children born in loving Christian homes where their parents raise them to be loving, responsible Christians and citizens. They learn to make good decisions, to use their skills and resources wisely, and to be a blessing to all those around them, among other things.
Unfortunately, very few young people have that privilege. Very often, even when they come from Christian homes and are sincere Christians themselves who want to honor God, they enter adulthood with poor decision-making skills, unsure what their talents are or how to best use them, and sometimes have difficulty knowing how to best reach out and bless others.
In my time both at Hartland College and at Taquara Institute (a missionary training school in Brazil), I have seen that these kinds of schools do much more than just teach the Bible. They help round out young people’s characters and skills. They help make up for the deficiencies too many youth have grown up with.
In this issue of Hartland Alumni Affairs, we are blessed to read about our two “Lord, Send Me” projects and how both are currently ministering to young people. Hartland College made a big difference in my life, and I am glad that there are small schools overseas that are also making a difference in other young people’s lives.