A Hartland College instructor and a college student team up to share truth with Oklahoma Academy students.
by Kendi Callender
Holding the attention of adults on spiritual topics is hard enough. It’s a totally different challenge with youth. This is what Hartland College instructor Ferdi Sastropawiro and student Peter Petrie experienced when they were invited to Oklahoma Academy to speak on the Great Controversy theme over the weekend of April 9.
“In order to be clear, we gave each sermon one main point, a message that could be stated in one sentence,” explains Ferdi. “For example: ‘God’s way of solving a problem is in the problem.’ ‘How we relate to problems can bring blessings.’ ‘Christ is the head of the church, therefore He is responsible for the church.’ ‘Why idols in our lives? Do you not trust in the Lord Jesus?’
“We made it real by speaking and counseling with several students one on one.” This helped students address individual issues such as the importance of cleanliness, how to deal with anger, and how to know the specific place God has for each person. “We ended discussions by encouraging and reassuring them that the Lord will guide them continually, as He promises in Isaiah 58:11.”
The Holy Spirit thoroughly prepared both the speakers and the students. “Students shared with me that they were having problems socially and spiritually the day before. Little did they or I know that my next sermon would give them hope and present God’s way for dealing with their problem,” Ferdi relates.
“It was obvious to all that God had orchestrated the weekend to help the students in personal and practical ways. Students asked for prayer time and pleaded with God, asking Him to do for them what they could not do for themselves.
“The students expressed their appreciation for the sermons Peter and I shared and found the talks very interesting with lots of illustrations, personal stories, testimonies, activities, and practical applications. We were overwhelmingly encouraged by their positive responses,” says Ferdi.
We pray that the results will be long-lasting and continue bearing fruit as the students put into practice what they have learned.
Would you like to invite a Hartland speaker or staff/student team to present in your church or school? Call us at 540-672-3100.