Once a backslidden Adventist who partied with a bad crowd, Rayne is now training to impact young people for Christ.
by Sabrina Petersen
“All I had was a theoretical knowledge, but no personal walk with Christ.”
Rayne Clement expresses the experience of many young people who grow up in Seventh-day Adventist families. He studied the Bible and knew all about Daniel, Revelation, and the sanctuary by the age of nine. Later in his teens he was baptized, but found himself a stagnant Christian. Determined to study medicine, he immersed himself in college life and found himself partying and drinking with a bad crowd. Little did he realize how God would turn his life around.
One day, Rayne heard of an AOY (Army of Youth) Bible conference happening near him. Deciding to go, Rayne experienced a spiritual revival that turned his life in a different direction! As a result, he chose to take a year off from medical school and attend a Bible training school in Malaysia called SALT (Soul-Winning and Leadership Training). As he engaged in Bible work, God strongly impressed him to go into full-time ministry, and he began praying earnestly for confirmation. After a year, as he saw two people baptized from his work, Rayne was certain of this new direction in life.
But Rayne wondered where he could study to become equipped for ministry. Benjamin Ng, a pastor teaching at SALT and a Hartland alumnus, suggested that Rayne consider Hartland. As Rayne researched the school, he found that its principles, and particularly the pastoral evangelism major, coincided with his calling.
“I wanted to receive the right training and experience true education so I could be an effective servant of Christ,” he explains. “I chose this major because there is a need for more zealous and faithful ministers of God to finish the work…. I want to help people to be saved, sanctified, and sealed into the kingdom of God.”
Even so, the obstacle of finances loomed before Rayne. He had a sponsor for his first year of schooling, but then what? Where would he obtain further support? That’s where Hartland’s Missionary Training Fund (MTF) came in.
“Because of the MTF, I can continue my studies to be trained as a missionary,” Rayne shares with gratitude. He is excited for the ways in which he can use his education to train more young people in his home country, Malaysia. Because AOY and SALT turned his life around, Rayne is burdened to teach in these programs and impact more young people for Christ.