“Hartland gave me the big picture of ministry and provided a strong foundation for my following studies and work opportunities,” says Debbie Paúl, a 2013 graduate.
Raised as a missionary kid in Argentina, Debbie knew she wanted to be a missionary for life. “I did not want to come to a country where you find comfort, but I wanted a place where I would learn how to serve those in need.” So when she received an email from Hartland inviting her to apply as a student, immediately she thought, No! This cannot be God’s will. She didn’t respond to that email for months. However, as she prayed and surrendered her ideas to God, she felt peace and saw signs that He was leading.
“I knew in my heart that I was a teacher,” Debbie relates, “but my calling was in the health field.” While serving in Colombia previously, she had worked in a lifestyle center, where God gave her a vision and passion for health ministry. “I knew there was a great need in this area, but I had no training. Only later God made me understand he wanted me as a health educator. In this way He would be using all my talents—but in His way, not mine.”
“My future vision is, through health education, to lead many souls to find joy, hope, and
meaning in Jesus,” states Debbie. Currently, she is working as a health coach, where she works with people one-on-one as a partner in their health and wellness journey. She also serves as the health director at her church and has started a health club, where she uses the things she learned in the health and Bible classes at Hartland to teach church members a better lifestyle and how to reach the surrounding community.
“I value very much the opportunities the teachers gave us to develop skills,” Debbie affirms. “All the information and experience I received have lead me to where I am today.
“I appreciate that Hartland hasn’t changed in its core values,” she continues. “They still keep the Word of God as the rule for their education, and I can totally recommend them to others.”
“Don’t think about the money, and don’t think about the time it will take,” Debbie advises. “If God is calling you to Hartland, surrender and follow; He will always lead you best!”