Before coming to Hartland in 2011, I knelt in my closet and committed myself to a life of faith.
“I really want to know God more,” Tiffany’s friend Mia* interjected at the end of our study. “How can I?”
I was dumbfounded. This was an answer to a prayer I had not expected! I answered the best way I could and made an appeal for her to study more. Mia gladly agreed and thanked me for coming and connecting her and Tiffany on their journey to know God more.
Tiffany and Mia are students at a public college in Michigan, where I am interning with the CAMPUS† Ministerial Residency program. I had already been studying with Tiffany a while when her roommate Mia joined us one Sabbath because she had nothing else to do. I silently asked the Lord to work on Mia’s heart. She joined us again the next Sabbath, and this time she participated! It was amazing to see her enthusiasm while asking relevant questions.
The CAMPUS Ministerial Residency program is designed to effectively test an individual’s call to the gospel ministry and provide a venue for ministry training in a secular university context. I have clearly seen God’s providence in leading me to do my internship here.
From the day I arrived at CAMPUS, everything seemed to work in concert to steer me in the right direction. Godly counsel has helped me identify exactly where in ministry I would be happy and useful. The training that CAMPUS provides in evangelism, time management, personal spirituality, and other practical aspects of pastoral ministry has made a huge difference and is far beyond what I could have expected.
Before coming to Hartland in 2011, I knelt in my closet and committed myself to a life of faith. It hasn’t been easy, but these years have proved to be the best four years of my life. I’ve begun to see how important it is to utilize my present situation to encourage and strengthen others instead of waiting for some future time to do so. When I began making the students and staff my focus and ministry, those moments at Hartland were the most fulfilling.
Now God is clearly leading me to be a pastor of a local Seventh-day Adventist church, where I will get the opportunity to assist members in personal evangelism, spiritual growth, and so on. There is nothing greater than seeing someone cheerful about their newfound faith, as a result of God using me to lead others to Himself.
*Tiffany and Mia are pseudonyms.
† Center for Adventist Ministry to Public University Students