“Evangelism is still my passion, and the Lord uses my talents every day,” says Pastor Don Ball, class of 2010.
by Kevin Wahl
“Istill use the material and training that I received at Hartland College to impact my church members and the surrounding communities!” reports Pastor Don Ball.
Don majored in pastoral evangelism and graduated in June 2010. “Honestly, I didn’t choose my major—God called me to it. He put a burning desire in my heart to be an evangelist and a shepherd of His flock.”
While working at Hartland full-time as dean of men and sometimes as outreach coordinator, Don was able to go through the curriculum and earn his BA degree. “I saw the fruit of missionary-minded students who had a good understanding of the Bible and a firm grounding in the Spirit of Prophecy. That encouraged me greatly, and I desired to have the same training.”
He continues, “The Bible classes were excellent. Hartland helped me to sharpen my Bible knowledge and equipped me to know what I believe and to prove it with a clear ‘Thus saith the Lord!’ I also learned how to survive on a missionary salary, to depend completely upon God to meet all of my needs, to wrestle with God, to not put confidence in man, and that character development, through the grace of God, is the most important work.”
After graduating, Don continued working at Hartland and received the privilege of teaching Life and Teachings of Jesus II. “By teaching that class I learned that if I had been more diligent while I was a student, it would have been a much better class.”
Today Don works for the Northern New England Conference, pastoring the Blue Mountain District in Maine. “The Lord chose me after a six-month process by a search committee. My personal policy is that I never ask to be placed into a position nor seek one out. I wait for the Lord to call and direct me where He wants me to be.
“The two churches that I pastor have several outreach projects taking place. Just to name a few, we have an awesome feeding-the-hungry program, an active radio station in the area, and a wonderful small school. Several people have been baptized, over 10 candidates are studying for baptism, and evangelistic seminars are planned for the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017.”
Don concludes, “Opportunities to spread the Three Angels’ Messages and reveal God’s love to people who know little or nothing about Jesus are blessings beyond what words can describe!”