Evangelist to the Homeless

Evangelist to the Homeless

Join today and receive a scholarship towards becoming an Evangelist to the Homeless or a leader in Christian ministry. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who found CLI and is using the scholarship to become an Evangelist to the Homeless and spread the word of God.

June 23, 2017

Greetings, my name is Paul Hess. I live in Menlo Park California, it is about a half hour drive from the city of San Francisco. My story begins 20 years ago I had just moved to California from New York for a job as a Private Chef for a wealthy family, it’s also where I met the love of my life, my future wife. I had been searching for God for quite some time, I knew there had to be something more to life than just work, friendships, and all that worldly stuff.

I had searched for God in many books and Bibles, I read new age religion books, Buddhists books, I lit many candles and prayed to many saints, I watch many different evangelists on TV and I found nothing in any of those things. One day I was driving in my car and accidentally hit the wrong button on the radio and it tuned into a Christian radio station. I drove around all day and the next listening to these pastors talk about how The Father loved me so much He gave his only Son to die for me. That day while driving in my car I gave my heart to The Lord.

I joined a church and over the years I served in many ministries but never felt called to do them. I continued to pray to the Lord to serve in a ministry where He wanted me to serve. Then one day I was reading Romans chapter 10:14 and then I looked up and I had a vision I saw my family and I walking in the streets of San Francisco evangelizing the homeless. I looked down at the Bible and the next verse jumped out at me verse 15 says And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” and I knew this was the ministry The Lord had for me. We provide clothes, shoes, blankets, and most important the opportunity to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified to what the world considers the lowest of the low, but I consider it an honor and a privilege that the Lord would use to evangelize the poor.

My dream is to start a mission where the homeless can come and have a place to eat, shower, do some laundry, and have a place to hear the word of God and have bible studies. They can come to a place where they will feel the love of Jesus who is the true shelter from the world where they are treated badly.

I consider myself called to be an evangelist to the homeless. I cannot describe the feeling that I get when My wife and I and my three children go out and serve the Lord together. I am a truly blessed man. We currently assist a homeless church on Sundays that is held outdoors on a wharf on the San Francisco Bay. I have never been to a church where there is so much love amongst the brothers and sisters. After service on Sundays, we serve breakfast and pass out clothes and shoes to them.

I would love to study more of God’s word and take classes to become a better leader and Chaplain/Evangelist but I am disabled and in a wheelchair and cannot physically spend a lot of time to go to a bible college and I also am on disability and do not get enough money to afford to go to a college. Being able to get a diploma online is perfect for my situation, I have researched other online Bible schools and they also are very expensive. Receiving a scholarship from CLI would be an answer to my prayers. Please, I ask for your prayers for my ministry and that the Lord provide me with a building to start the mission, The Lord even gave me a name for the mission “Throne Of Grace Mission” after Hebrews 4:16. Thank again CLI for making it possible to study and I know the Lord will make my ministry dreams come true.

In Christ,

Paul

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Ordained Officiant Training: Christian Leaders Institute

Ordained Officiant Training

Join today and receive free ordained officiant training. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who found CLI and is using the free Ordained Officiant Training to answer his call from God.

I am God-fearing man who loves the Lord and the word of God. My mom raised me in the church. As a matter of fact, my entire household was spiritual as I was growing up. I was saved and baptized at 12 years. My mom had received a few prophetic proclamations on my life that I would become a preacher and pastor. As I was growing up, I also received confirmations of those very proclamations but did not know how to handle it and where to begin. In 1997, I re-dedicated my life to Christ and gave up everything that would hinder my walk with God. I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, a few months after re-dedicating my life. I was on fire for God many weeks afterward. It was an awesome experience. I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world to me of almost 13 years. We have been together for 16 years. Together we have 3 handsome, smart and intelligent boys (Jontrell -15, Jordan -14, and Joshua -12), who also love the Lord with all their heart. My oldest son loves to read and study the bible almost daily for long periods of times. They have all confessed Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior and have been baptized approximately 4 years ago. I am a Civil Draftsman/Designer and Inspector. I also currently am the President of F.A.I.T.H. L.I.O.N.S. (Fathers Alliance Inspiring Tomorrows Hopefuls to be Obedient through Necessary Sacrifices) Community Outreach which is a youth organization, I started along with 3 other fathers who wanted to coach and mentor kids with the philosophy and giving them spiritual guidance, mentoring, athletic training, academic help and standardized test preparation. Those 3 guys that helped me start this organization are no longer apart of the organization, but God has to give me the charge to continue on mentoring, ministering and coaching. We reach over 150-200 kids in the Baton Rouge area, by offering sports, tutoring, study-hall, Bible study, various outreach activities, etc. I am also founder and director of my ministry that God has given me, Kingdom Advancement Center, which is in its infant stages, however, I did begin a summer program this past summer which will continue this year.

In 1997, I re-dedicated my life to Christ and gave up everything that would hinder my walk with God. I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, a few months after re-dedicating my life. I was on fire for God many weeks afterward. It was an awesome experience. I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world to me of almost 13 years. We have been together for 16 years. Together we have 3 handsome, smart and intelligent boys (Jontrell -15, Jordan -14, and Joshua -12), who also love the Lord with all their heart. My oldest son loves to read and study the bible almost daily for long periods of times. They have all confessed Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior and have been baptized approximately 4 years ago. I am a Civil Draftsman/Designer and Inspector. I also currently am the President of F.A.I.T.H. L.I.O.N.S. (Fathers Alliance Inspiring Tomorrows Hopefuls to be Obedient through Necessary Sacrifices) Community Outreach which is a youth organization, I started along with 3 other fathers who wanted to coach and mentor kids with the philosophy and giving them spiritual guidance, mentoring, athletic training, academic help and standardized test preparation. Those 3 guys that helped me start this organization are no longer a part of the organization, but God has to give me the charge to continue on mentoring, ministering and coaching. We reach over 150-200 kids in the Baton Rouge area, by offering sports, tutoring, study hall, Bible study, various outreach activities, etc. I am also founder and director of my ministry that God has given me, Kingdom Advancement Center, which is in its infant stages, however, I did begin a summer program this past summer which will continue this year.

My ministry goal is to become the Pastor God has called me to be, to live out my purpose for being. God had called me to the ministry over 10 years ago. He poured into me daily. I use to be up countless hours at night studying and reading the Bible, cross-referencing scripture with Greek and Hebrew. I had bought different translations of the bible a couple of Strong’s concordance, and other text books. I wanted to attend Seminary but just could find the time to go. I had a burning desire to fulfill my call. Preached my first sermon in 2001. I had accumulated enough sermons in the span of 6 – 8 months to probably preach for a year and a half. But, things got slow for me and I didn’t know what to do next. Well in June of this year I sincerely answered my call and God has opened up several doors for me as He had been preparing me. I have a strong desire like never before to do His will. I believe this calling is to study Ordained Officiant Training. Since September, I have ministered 3 times locally and two weeks ago, I ministered at the Hearts of Fire Conference in Atlanta to a group of youth.

This Scholarship at CLI will help me to become more astute and profound in the word of God. It will give me a great opportunity to be taught by some elite instructors through this online course study so that I may elevate my knowledge of the word of God and biblical principles that I may be able to effectively and precisely preach the gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise or doubt, that by the word of God, those who I minister to will be drawn to God by the gospel, thus helping me not only achieve my goals but most importantly achieve the goal of the gospel. I am looking forward to my journey through Ordained Officiant Training. 

On becoming an Ordained Officiant, I believe that it is a privilege and honor to be a representative of God carrying out God ordained mandates for kingdom purposes and for the glory of God. It is not just a duty, but I feel an obligation as one who is called of God to accept this specific calling of an Ordained Officiant who can carry forth kingdom principles on earth and to execute and exemplify through demonstration what God expects and commands of us to bring Him glory. I pride myself on trying to do everything decently and in order with excellence through the working and help of the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into all truth. It is, therefore, with gratitude and appreciation to be chosen of God as a vessel whom He can use to set in order and execute the various ceremonies and services as needed. I truly believe through my humility, love for people and being faithful to the call, am able to uphold the office of an Ordained Officiant.

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Free Online Christian Training: Building Strong Leaders

Free Online Christian Training

Become a strong and authentic leader today. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who found CLI’s free online Christian training as a tool to renew his the walk with Christ:

I hail from Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Although a ‘first-world’ country, it is becoming increasingly challenging to practice ministry due to increasing self-reliance and ‘enlightenment’ of the population through the focus on higher education. I know this sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but my experience and popular culture has shown me that the more degrees a person has, and the higher education achieved, the more a person believes they can do and figure everything out for themselves with little or no dependence on others, let alone God.

I’ve always been familiar with God, being brought up in a Christian home, but I began my personal relationship with God more in my adult years after becoming a parent and losing a number of close family members. I believe it took those experiences for me to realize I really didn’t have all the answers, nor the power to control every aspect of my life. I also had the benefit of learning some hard lessons through some experiences that quite frankly made me angry at God. However; only as time passed did I realize that God had a direct hand in all the struggles with a plan to build me up and create new, better opportunities for me and my family.

This introductory class with the Christian Leaders Institute has renewed my Bible walk with God, reinforcing the different connections necessary, especially around devotions and studying the Bible while reminding me of my role and responsibility as the spiritual leader of my household.
Of all the options, I would say I identify most with the title “Small Group Leader”, as my passion is focused on building other leaders and mentors that will lead others using Christ’s example, showing believers and non-believers alike the benefits of seeking to be a disciple of Christ. This is something I want to pursue as I see far too many leaders that are too selfish and focused on protecting themselves at the cost of others.

A unique challenge here in Canada is the cultural popularity to promote everything that is not related to the Christian faith and treat Christian believers as an oppressive force that must be shut down and penalized all in the name of pluralism of all except for the Christian Church.

My local church is actually a church plant itself, focused on reaching the unchurched and de-churched in the community. I have been regularly encouraged to explore ministry as a bi-vocational leader and have been given opportunities to take a leadership role within the Church itself.

A scholarship at CLI would assist me in exploring more focused biblical studies without putting undo pressure on my family’s limited resources as well as allow me to study at my own pace while working full-time.

The prayers I would ask for are not necessarily for me, but for all those in Canada, and the world, that has not seen the light of Christ, or have been mistreated by those calling themselves Christian, and that they see what Christ has done and is doing for those that seek to be disciples, not just Christians.

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Free Ministry Education: Young and In Love with Jesus

Free Ministry Education

Christian Leaders Institute offers free ministry education for any individual desiring to study Christ. Read about a student’s testimony to how she was found to CLI and how Christian Leaders Institute has impacted her life:

My name is Chelsea Roberson and I am 21 years old. I currently live in North Carolina in the United States of America. I am immensely blessed to be able to study God’s word freely and practice my faith in the open. Ministry in this country is relatively easy depending on who you ask. I am beginning to see a shift, however, with the state beginning to turn more towards the world than to Jesus. I am determined to use the free ministry education I receive at Christian Leaders Institute to help reverse this shift. 

For the first 14 years of my life, I did not grow up with Christ in my life. I grew up in an abusive home without God. In fact, the only access to information I had about God was that He was horrible and mean if He was real, but He was most likely not. However, after my father went to jail and become very ill, my mother met an incredible man I now call my step-father. He began taking my brother and I to church against our will (of course) and the Lord began a work in my heart. He began to draw me in until I had a spoken word over my life. I was saved that night and gave in to Jesus the only way I knew how. I am still always in the sanctification process, but I am in love with my Savior who I know is good. Ever since that moment, the Holy Spirit has pursued me in ways I never thought myself worthy of.

My dream moving forward would be to become a leader in a Celebrate Recovery near me. I have recently fallen in love with this ministry and what it stands for. It is a safe place for broken Christians. It is what church was always meant to be. It is the hospital for the sinner and saint alike. We are all broken and stained, but the blood of Jesus makes us white as snow. I don’t know what that looks like moving forward but I know that I have never been more passionate about anything in my life. I suppose the word that comes to mind in reference to this dream would be an evangelist. I want everyone to know how loved they are and how much they are desired by our Savior. They were/are worth dying for and they were/are worth pursuing.

I remember the very moment I was called to ministry. Our local pastor asked all ministers in the congregation to raise their hands. Only about 2 hands were raised. Then, he quoted Mark 16:15. The Holy Spirit fell on me. I felt burning from head to toe. That was it. Jesus calls ALL believers to go into all of the world and preach the good news! Why had no one ever told me this before? From that moment on, I have been in full pursuit of what that word ministry means to me in my walk. God hasn’t failed me yet. In fact, this program is an answer to my prayers. This is the next step in my studies and in my walk.

Thank you for what you are doing for us and for providing in ways that I couldn’t provide for myself! This scholarship to me means ministry. It means a dream come true. It means an answered prayer. It means salvation. It means education. It means joy.

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English Ministry Training in China – Ph.D Graduate

English Ministry Training in China

Getting Quality English ministry training in China used to be very difficult. The Chrisitan Leaders Institute English Ministry Training in China has been accessed by an ever-growing number of Christian leaders who live in China. Christian Leaders Institute is dedicated to bringing free, high-quality english ministry training everywhere supported by Vision Partners worldwide. The English language ministry curriculum is carefully designed not to become involved with ruling governments. Instead, CLI promote academically rigorous ministry training that helps Christians thrive in peace wherever they live.

Here is a Chinese Ph.D. Christian Leader who has taken our English training. His name is withheld. Here is his story.

Like many traditional Chinese households, I came from a Buddhist family in which my mother and my grandmother was a Buddhists. My two younger sisters and I were “given” to the Buddha when we were young for the sake of receiving his blessing. My father was an atheist but he followed the ritual. We were given the fantasy that the Buddha was a Santa-Clause. My mom always told us to worship the Buddha by heart and our wish would be realized. So my sisters and I followed and most of the time it was true.

When the first time I was away from home for college, I met my very good classmate, and now my wife. She was very devoted in Christ and to me it was crazy. She gave me a Bible in 2002 and began to pray for me since then. It was 15 years ago. She was the first person to pray for my salvation.

After college, I returned to Hong Kong while she stayed in San Francisco with her family. I still joined my mom and grandma to monasteries and practiced the usual worship. My wife and I became boyfriend and girlfriend in 2009 and we were in a 3-year long distance relationship. We visited churches on Sundays whenever we were together, sometimes in HK, sometimes in San Francisco. I mirrored my past experience to church, thinking that God was also a Santa-Clause. I was very stubborn. Pastor Jim and Elaine gave very good sermons about tough times in the last few weeks, I basically denied tough times. And I doubt.

My parents separated in 2012. They are not divorced, but separated. I was forced by my mother and my sister to buy an apartment for my father. I told them I couldn’t get married if I buy him the apartment. Where the money come? But I gave in because I lost the debate. I had been very bitter until our real marriage took place in 2015. I don’t want to spend too much time on that but I you to know my journey was very bitter in the past few years. I began to think why this kind of thing would happen to a devoted Buddhist. Didn’t they receive blessing from the Buddha?

My wife came to Hong Kong in 2012 September as a PhD students at HKU. We hang out more often and went to church almost every Sunday. I still felt bitter and I doubt about God. I guess I received a vision from God during Easter in 2014.
1st scene – cross floating on a sea of blood.

2nd scene – a stained glass window open with a man in white robe behind.

To be honest, I didn’t care at all. I still treat God as a Santa-Clause. Whenever He granted my wish, I was happy, otherwise, I was in doubt again.

But the more I came to church, the more that I listen to God’s words, the more that I experienced with people having faith in God, I felt peace. And God also saved my wife’s live many times. There were few times in the past my wife encountered life-and-death sickness. We prayed to God. He better the situation. My wife has been praying for my parents to reunite, and there seems to be improvement.

My understanding is that it is a living God. And he did answer prayer. Only when you have enough faith in Him, you will see that He always helps you and answers your prayer, in His timing and in His plan however. For my wife’s case, God healed her right away. For my conversion to Christian, it took 15 years of prayer. I don’t know why. But I do have faith in Him. Last December I quit my job and my wife received her PhD degree finally. We were both full-time jobless. We prayed together. And we cried together. We set up a company to do business and hoping that the profit will be sufficient enough to build Christian schools in 3rd world countries. It was my wife’s wishes. And I thought it was very crazy. But I respect my wife and we have faith God will help. Just a few weeks ago, we found some potential cash-flow. And things are starting to put into place. I see the green light God gives us. And I just want to be baptised right away before any of our actual carried out. It would be my promise to God. And I want to follow Jesus Christ, who baptised before carrying out his ministry work. So this is it.

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Free Christian Classes: The Motherless Mother, Saved by Grace

Free Christian Classes

Start taking free Christian classes today. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who was a motherless mother and saved by Grace and found CLI as a tool to rediscover the pathway to Christ:

My name is Ashlee Peckham. I live in a small town in the U.S.A. Proudly married to the love of my life and biggest fan, and blessed to be the mother of two amazing boys. Living in the U.S is a difficult country. We have so many different religious cultures, some that idolize other figures besides God. We have believers and we have the non-believers. Where I live the population is small but we are nowhere short of a number of churches. In my area, the biggest problem would have to be those who don’t support your religious freedoms. Suddenly praying over your lunch in a restaurant is wrong, saying the name “God” is offensive, and people actually harass you for having faith. Even though I will proudly stand up and confess my love for the Lord, some are scared to even be caught with a bible.

My calling was none the less short of a blessing in disguise, and involving a major traumatic experience in my life; it made my calling so much more emotional. I am 22 years old, and my whole life has been like walking the plank every time I turn around. Growing up I had a far from perfect childhood. The one I wish I could just forget. All through the hardships, my mother was my best friend. We never left each other’s sides, and if we did we had made a promise to always tell each other where we were going even if it was to the grocery store. Life carries on, like mother and daughter relationships we had our ups and downs but never growing apart. Fast forward a couple years, newly engaged, pregnant with her very first grandson and tragedy hits. The day after my baby shower 9 months pregnant and my mother was killed in a car accident. My life is shattered. A motherless mother. At first, I did what most any human would do I begged God to bring her back to me, and when he didn’t I resented him, but not for long. A year later I find myself back in our hometown making a whole congregation cry at my confessions because of God’s Grace I was saved. A couple years later, I look back on how much pain, fear, and just how alone I was and now I don’t see how anyone could walk through their day to day lives not knowing God.

My dream in ministry is to spread the love, word, and belief of God to whoever will listen. I can see myself as a preacher or a youth leader being my age is close to most troubled teens. As mentioned before the thought of people who do not know God is simply heartbreaking to me. They do not know how loved they are, what God has done for them, what Jesus has done for them, they do not even know his story or what he represents. They do not know there is an end to their pain, to feeling alone, being scared, and even if they do know God they think their sins are too much that how could any God love them? They feel guilty, ashamed, unworthy, but the worst pain which I know the feeling all too well, the feeling that you have let God down. I want to show them there is light at the end of the tunnel; I want them to feel that sense of relief and redemption that I felt when I gave my life fully to God. I let the old me go, my old sins, my fears, I gave it all to God. I want others to feel the peace and love God gave me. I know I will be able to start on my journey to my dream through CLI’s free Christian classes. 

None of these dreams would have even been set in place if it wasn’t for the support of my church. One couple, in particular, has made the biggest impact on my life. They have always been there to support me, helped pick up the pieces of not having a mother and try their best to be good role models for my children. When I told them that I wanted to pursue my ministry dream they were more than ecstatic. At that very moment, I knew they were proud of me and even told me so. It came as a surprise to me but my preacher believes that I can make an impact on so many lives, and by him believing so much in me I feel like I can do just about anything. The greatest part about all of this is the impact it has made on my family. I have a new found love for my husband and my children. I find myself walking, talking, and acting like a minister student. It has helped me to grow my relationship with God and set certain things aside that are no longer irrelevant. I even see a change in my husband; he wants to be the reflection image of me as I am of him. We are doing everything as a team, and those daily “I am so proud of your messages” really boost my confidence that I can and will succeed.

Where I am located, colleges are very few to none. Especially a Christian college, and with working full time, and two little boys to raise; a scholarship to CLI would be the biggest blessing. I can work, raise my boys, and take free Christian classes during my free time every day. By gaining this scholarship it will be giving me access to more knowledge of things I do not know or understand yet about God, Jesus, and the bible. I want to take all of the free Christian classes possible, learning and growing every day. My goal in taking classes at CLI is whenever I go to tell people about the word of God, I can answer them knowledgeably, with proof from the Bible, and answer them in a way God would want me to.

In my ministry journey, a prayer I ask for most of all is understanding. Please pray for my understanding of everything I am being taught, knowledge and strength to endure it all no matter the cost. How many times I fail to never let me loose hope or faith in myself, that I ever forget why I am doing this in the first place. That in the end, I will be able to help and reach as many lives as possible. That my dream of saving the lost souls will become true. That everyone that I cross paths with will know God and will know his story. That no person has to ever live without knowing God.

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Brazil English Ministry Training

Brazil English Ministry Training

Brazil English Ministry Training in now made possible because of the Internet. Milena found this training on a google search. There are not many opportunities to study ministry in Brazil. Here is her story

I’m Milena Rangel Carvalho and I was born in 1998 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I am currently living in Brazil and by the Grace of God here we’re allowed to spread His Word wherever we want, but unfortunately the country has suffered with many false prophets that use the faith of believers only to get their money. But, hopefully there are also many who are faithful to God and are blessing us with their ministry.

I started living with Jesus when I was 12. I was going to my Mom’s church and there I gave my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Savior and Lord. Few years later (when I was around 15) I started having experiences with God and knowing more about the ministry calling. Today I know I’m called to the ministry and I want to be as much prepared as I can to be used by God wherever He sends me. My heart is burning for this calling and that’s my dream: to be used by God to bless people and to be a bridge to connect Him to those who are lost.
One of the things I love to do is to read the Bible searching for more information about our God, and these classes have helped me a lot with some aspects I didn’t know very well before. The word Pastor really touches my heart. Being someone who guides a church, is extremely connected to God and always looking for knowing more about the Bible and pursuing wisdom to do the things in a way that pleases Him.

Called to Brazil English Ministry Training

Since I turned 18, God has given me some experiences which have made me realized that, even though I am nothing, God can use me. Even though I have many failings, He is only worried only about my heart. In my geographic area, we have a lot of people that was once a believer but have turned away from the Faith, especially young people who have being deceived by the things of this world and have turned away from God. We also have those who were frustrated with their Christian leaders, and because of this, they have also left the church.

In my Church, we have the habit to read the whole Bible every year, and that’s really helpful to keep us connected to the Word of God, which is usually where He talks to us. The Bible it’s most important guidance I have, specially because in my age I’ve seen that those who live without it are mostly lost and making wrong decisions for their lives.

I love my local church, it has supported me a lot in my ministry and walk with God, it always motivates us to increase our relationship with Him and let our lives be guided by Him. My Family isn’t very supportive of my ministry life, but actually they don’t know a lot about it. I live with my Mom, who is blessing in my life, but my Father doesn’t support me very much in my dreams and He isn’t a follower of Christ yet. I usually just talk about these ministry goals and dreams with my mother.

Called to Brazil English Ministry Training

Unfortunately, in my town, we don’t have many courses like Bible Colleges and Seminaries, and the ones that exist are at night, but I have college at the same time so I can’t be there. Someday, I was looking on the internet and then I found the Christian Leaders Institute and I thought “Oh my God, this is perfect for me! I love English and I want to be prepared for the ministry!”.
I believe the CLI is helping me to know more about the Bible, the leadership, and especially about Revival, and it’s also preparing me to the challenges I might have leading people to Christ.

Please, pray for me to never forget God’s purposes for my life and to always persevere in His Way, and also for my family so they’ll support me more in this area of my life.

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How God Found Me in the Dark

How God Found Me in the Dark

Earn your Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity today. Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who explains how God found her in the dark. She found CLI as a tool to rediscover the pathway to Christ:

My name is Christine Winn, I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Now I live in Springfield, Missouri, the USA with my American Pitbull Terrier “Baby Girl”. I am a certified medication technician and I have been working in the nursing field for 10 years. In 2015 my father and I published the first book in a Christian fiction series titled “Rapture Theory Book I: Rise of the Anti-Christ”. At first, my family’s religion was Catholicism until my grandfather converted to Christianity. Therefore my parents, who were both baptized, raised my siblings and me as Christians.

When I did attend church as a child I remember waiting with anticipation for Sunday school to end so I could hear the preacher’s sermon. I also loved listening to my father and my uncle’s debate over each of their own interpretations of the Bible. The first time I asked Jesus into my heart was at church summer camp. Even there my favorite thing to do was go to Chapel. As I got older my family suffered tragedies that caused me to fall away from my faith.

My 18-month-old sister died in a fire when I was six years old. My parents grew angry at themselves and one another over the accident. They eventually lead our family to another accidental tragedy of my mother’s death by struggling over a gun she was trying to use on my father than herself, I was 13 years old. That lead me down a very dark path as a teen and young adult. A life full of sexual and physical abuse, premarital relations, alcohol, and drugs. A life I never thought that I would have.  After a scare with the law, I prayed a promise to God if I got out of it I would give my life over to him. Not long after that prayer I was set free. I decided it was time to clean myself up and finish school, so I did.

I was doing the right things by societal standards but I was still living my life the way I wanted to live it without regard to building a relationship with God. My Earthly relationships were more important to me. I ended up with a failed marriage, a suicidal attempt & cancer before I began a reassessment of my priorities and purpose in life. All this by the ripe old age of 27. I never had children before cancer took that possibility away so I found myself needing to do a soul search of why I am here. During my surgeries, I was helping coauthor the book I wrote with my father. It helped me from falling apart at that time altogether.

Still, I did not have a proper relationship with God. I moved away from my whole family to live alone in a new city over 2 hours away. As I’ve been digging within myself and my heart I have felt the call. I thought about all the terrible times in my life and looking back I can see how God was there and called out to me. I’m ashamed that it all comes down to the same reason why I ignored those calls, fear of what others might say or think about me. More so fear that given my history they would ridicule me for even thinking I could ever walk with God. I know now none of that matters. I’m ready now, after enduring my own personal trials and tribulations, to answer God’s call. I am amazed at how God found me in the dark.

What I hope to complete is the Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity. I will then use my training for many different purposes. I believe God has given me the gift of being a great listener and speaker. I also feel a deep empathy for those in the world who are suffering. Some things I’d like to do would include going on mission trips all over the world, help bring back God into what seems to be a godless society more and more every day, as well as participating in local ministry through non-profits for those suffering alcohol/drug addictions but especially being a child abuse prevention advocate. I know the Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity would help me accomplish my dreams and goals. I’m only just now getting involved in attending a local church since I am new to the area but I know I’ll find the perfect one to help mentor me to accomplish these goals as well.

That all being said I couldn’t accomplish any of this without the Christian Leaders Institute scholarship.  I have to work full time in order to provide for myself. It’s hard to find a quality and affordable program that is flexible with the scheduling demands of healthcare. God has his purpose for me in life and I am ready to pursue that. Without the Christian Leaders Institute scholarship and the Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity, I couldn’t even dream of being able to accept that journey and answer God’s call. I thank CLI for being a tool in how God found me in the dark. It will also greatly enhance my walk with God to build a strong relationship that can be tested time and time again. God bless everyone involved that’s helping make people’s dreams like mine become a reality. For that, thank you and bless you.

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Finding the Grace of God

Finding the Grace of God

Start free ministry training today! Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who was a lost son of God and found CLI as a tool to finding the grace of God:

My name is Elvis James Kamau. I live in a city called Nairobi in Kenya. I am 23 years of age and by the grace of God, I am saved. Jesus Christ is my personal savior.

I am saved, but this wasn’t always the case. I was raised by a single mother in a family of three. I have two sisters. I have always known my mom to be a ‘churchwoman’ since I can remember. I am saying this because I didn’t really grasp the concept of Christianity until later. She gave me the basics at a very young age. We used to read the bible and pray every day. So in a sense, I knew God and His word. I even went through all ceremonies involved – baptism, confirmation, etc. However, it was not until I was in high school that I experienced strong spiritual revelations. I came to the realization that this is serious. There is God who desires to save us from the devil and his temptations. 

I was mostly in bad company and I came to Christ a couple of times but found myself backsliding several times. I went to three different schools and my grades were poor. In my final year, I decided to just trust God and change. God showed His mercy and I excelled at school. I was even awarded a government sponsorship to pursue a degree in Computer Science. When I came to university, is when I found myself falling off the path to Christ. All that was surrounding me was the temptation of sin, alcohol, fornication, hard drugs etc. By then I had several jobs, but this did not loosen the grip the devil had me in. It was only after a series of events that God humbled me and brought me to a point of brokenness so I could seek Him. I was involved in a drunk driving accident and was almost killed. This changed my whole perspective of life. After this, I was broken and in debt, that I am still paying off. I was still doing drugs. One night, I got wasted, got into a fight, and almost bled to death. At this point, God found me. Unfortunately, it got worse before it started getting better. I started seeking spiritual enlightenment in all the wrong places. I involved myself with very many different doctrines and new age stuff.It is in the process of encountering these deceitful spirits that I found the grace of God. He revealed Himself to me in such a way I couldn’t deny. Thank you, Jesus!

So I got saved and was delivered from all of it. All my addictions stopped and God gave me the wisdom to see the truth amidst all this. In my walk with God,  I desired to know Him more. I did a lot of scripture and God taught me a lot. Being a teenager, I wanted to influence my fellow friends and just explain about Jesus and what He had done for me. This is when God led me to seek ministry training. It was my desire to help others in finding the grace of God. I want to reach my fellow youth and mostly be able to pass the pure gospel of Christ. I don’t know about there, but here its mostly watered down and I just can’t take the half truths. I had no money and was even struggling with finishing my current endeavor. CLI was God’s answer for me. I couldn’t believe it and am so glad I can have quality training all the way from the US and for free.

To all the donors and supporters, may God bless you mightily. I am sure God is like -Well done good and faithful servants. This is such a blessing and a great way to get more understanding of God and our kingdom and how to relate it to our life and share it with our friends, relatives, and even strangers. I pray for your continued support and one day I know I will support it too. I hope to contribute to the creation of revival leaders and spread the gospel to all parts of the world. Thank you, CLI for helping me in finding the grace of God. God bless.

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Journey to Ministry: From Wreckage to Reconciliation

Journey to Ministry

Start your journey to ministry today! Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who used Christian Leaders Institute to continue his journey to ministry:

I was born and raised in Genesee county Michigan, USA. I still reside in Genesee county and currently, I am the outreach and evangelism pastor at my local church. I have been in ministry for a total of 15 years and have held numerous different positions. My wife Samantha Kelley and I are in ministry together.
At 13 years old, I felt the call of God on my life to preach. I come from a line of men of God who uphold the Christian walk and have taught and lived out the truth of who God is. My spiritual mentor is my father. My father’s spiritual mentor was his uncle, my great uncle, BL Kelley. It is my desire to continue this legacy to be the best pastor that I possibly can be. I am currently fully ordained as a minister of the gospel, and I hold an associates degree in biblical theology from Christian Leadership University. I am in a position where I can no longer afford to pay the fees associated with the traditional seminary. This scholarship would give me the ability to achieve a degree in Divinity, as well as give me the training necessary to be the best minister I can possibly be. Christian Leaders Institute will allow me to follow my dreams.
What I love about CLI so far is the quality information and training available. I’m not looking for the easy road for some online school to hand me the paper of completion. I look forward to learning the material so I can apply it to my local church. In my local area, we have a key demographic of low-income families, alcoholism, drug addiction, broken families, All of which who are in desperate need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so excited to learn in greater detail different ways I can engage our local community to present Christ. My father is the pastor of my local church, I have been called here for a reason. I do not want to have to leave my local church for a bigger denomination that has the ability to train within. The Holy Spirit spoke to me in January 2017 that I am to stay put and help my father pastor our local church. With that said, I am in need of further education and further training. I am excited to be a part of Christian Leaders Institute to continue my journey of ministry. 
I was born and raised in the church but like most, I went astray for a while. Because of my personal encounter with God the Savior, I have a desire to see the lost saved and to see the broken be made whole. In my testimony, God has delivered me from drugs and alcoholism, he has delivered me from depression, PTSD from combat, and saved my life when I attempted suicide. The best advice I have ever been given to be effective in my journey to ministry is that we cannot be afraid to show our own scars. Just like when Jesus resurrected from the dead and some of those who are closest to him did not recognize him. His identifier was his scars.
I identify most with being called to serving as a Pastor because I truly have a desire to see people be filled, to see people healed, and to see people step into their calling.
My local church has been more than supportive and willing to help in any way possible to see us trained and ready for ministry. My family plays a vital role in our ministry because we have gone from absolute wreckage to reconciliation. My wife is truly my other half in ministry she encourages me, loves people, and is a prayer warrior. My children help me lead worship. We are all a package deal.
If there is anything that I can say we would ask for prayer for it is that God continues to direct our path, so we can be successful in creating disciples who will bring value to their own local church.
Sincerely thank you
Pastor Matthew Kelley

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Become a Trained Christian Leader: Here I am Lord, Use me!

  Trained Christian Leader

Become a trained Christian leader today! Christian Leaders Institute (CLI) offers free high-quality online ministry training. CLI accepts any individual anywhere in their life to learn about Christianity. Read a student’s testimony below who found CLI as a tool to follow his dream of becoming a pastor and serving God:

My name is Faustin Buteera. I currently live in Uganda. My parents came to Uganda escaping the genocide in Rwanda. I am currently running a small business in Mukono district as my official work. I was given the privilege to go back to school and attain my bachelor’s degree in procurement and logistics management in the year 2011.

I serve in a local church of a small congregation of about 50 people. In this part of the country I live in, Kayunga road, people are still so much into witchcraft even though they claim to know and believe Christ. At one time, we were attacked by a group of Muslim youths who wanted to remove timber from our church. We are glad the local authority was around to put the young men to sanity.

Growing up as a young man, we always went to the local catholic church at our previous location before we moved here. My mom really wanted me to go to the Catholic seminary school, but I never attained the right grades to get the scholarship. Like many young men here, education is such a huge privilege. I attended the catechism classes which I excelled. But still, I couldn’t join a seminary college. My mom was disappointed, but she really had nothing to do about it. I miraculously managed to go through high school with help of lots of mom’s friends. My dad was that kind of father who was never responsible.

By 16, I had started making wrong decisions, drugs, alcohol but, always made sure my mom had no idea. I pulled it off for 2 years until one evening when I met young Mormon missionaries who were moving in my previous area of residence. I was taught and finally got converted and eventually stopped all my old habits. I really didn’t care so much about the doctrine. I was enjoying the company of young men who strive to live according to the precepts of the Lord. Fast forward a few years. While at work, I met a nice lady who later financed my second year of my college education. This is when I started questioning many things I had learned from the Lord’s church. I started reading my bible and understanding who I am in Christ and what the bible says, about marriage, grace and biblical authority and not adding or reducing on the word and the holy spirit. It was after this deep search for the God of the bible that I started attending Pentecostal scripture unions and later on by the end of my second year I confessed the lord Jesus Christ. And finally got baptized.

My dream is to be a pastor, share the word, and start my own ministry. We have many church leaders here, but the field is ready but the laborers are few. I dream to become a trained christian leader within my community. The Lord delivered me from drugs through people who really never taught biblical doctrine, but nevertheless, he did. I dream to minister through the holy spirit and help the souls I touch. I hope to cultivate a relationship with the Lord and understand Jesus Christ. Many young men and women still struggle with tuition. Eventually, because they can’t study, they end up joining peers that lead them to paths that led to their destruction. My aim is to touch the youths and remind them of the grace of the Lord.

My pastor has been very instrumental in my growth, he has always given me a chance to preach on Thursday, which is the youth Thursday every week. I have been able to inspire and revival in our youth service which has been a strong indicator in my ministry journey. I have also been able to move to different churches courtesy of my pastor’s network.

I have always struggled with tuition; this has made me search for free lectures, papers on the internet until one time the Lord revealed CLI. I had to wait as it was hard to access the internet and a personal computer but now glory to the Lord I can.

My scholarship will help me build my knowledge for the gospel and also be more confident when sharing the word. It will also enable me to be recognized as a trained Christian leader through my certificates and diplomas eventually in ministry.

Please, pray for me so that my ministry dream will come to fruition.

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Man on a Mission

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Free Pastoral Training – My name is James Wehner and I’m from the United States. I came to know the Lord after a very hard time in my life; I went through a divorce and was a single dad. When I met my (now) wife, LeeAnn, she introduced me to church and showed me what a personal relationship with Jesus can look like. In church, I heard uplifting worship music, easy-to-understand messages, and had elders pray with me many times after the service. Over time, I came to understand that God wants a relationship with us, opposed to just going to church out of obligation. In James 2:19 we’re told plainly, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.

I began to realize that all of my life prior to this, I’d been treating God like a genie in the sky or like Santa Claus. I would plead with Him, put up my wishes and hope for the best. I’d make promises to Him that if He’d just give me what I desired, I’d change, stop sinning, and behave myself. Whether I got what I wanted or not, I quickly forgot about Him until my next crisis.

I never had an example of a Godly, strong, spiritual man in my life. This has been something I’ve needed a lot of grace to grasp and is a constant journey I’m on. As I mature in my walk, I feel called into ministry. In particular, I want to lead men and teach them that they can overcome their childhoods, lay selfishness aside, and step into the role God has for their lives. It’s my belief that God created men with a distinct purpose: To protect and provide for their families and to lift other men up in the faith.

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When I become a pastor, I hope to bring life experience to the table, as I’m entering the ministry in my early forties. I believe that my lifelong knack of making people laugh will come through in my sermons. When Jesus saved me, He did not take my personality, but rather is showing me that it’s my calling to use the funny side of myself to disarm people and allow them to enjoy church again.

Without the support of my wife, I wouldn’t and couldn’t enter into pastoral work. She encourages me daily and feels just as strongly about my mission as I do. We hope to use our past failures, particularly divorce, to encourage married couples that with willing hearts, marriages can be saved. Marriage is the foundational relationship in the Bible and we aim to preserve as many as we can and see them not only survive, but thrive.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

As a pastor, one of my main purposes will be to see that no one falls through the cracks or feels unnecessary in my church. When I was looking for a church home, so many churches didn’t return calls, reach out after I filled out a communication card, and even felt like closed circles or clubs. I will make it my mission to throw the church doors wide open to visitors and new people and let it be known that I want to personally know my parishioners. I want to establish a “come as you are” feeling, for the church, I lead to feeling like a true church family, not a place to spend an hour on Sundays.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and may God bless you in your journey.

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Zambia Free Bible School -Ministering To Those in Need!

Zambia Free Bible School

Zambia Free Bible School  – My name is Lumbee Lupezula from Chongwe district of Lusaka province in Zambia. I am 36 years old and married to a bi-vocational pastor, Pastor Kombe. We have five children and live in Chongwe district of Lusaka province in Zambia. I am a full-time housewife and help in our local church women’s ministry.

I gave my life to Christ while at secondary school in 2001. It was holiday time, and we were home on break when I met a friend who preached Christ to me, the message was touching, and I saw my sin. I was convicted and convinced that I needed a savior. I gave my life to the Lord and have been a believer ever since.

The ministry training at CLI will benefit me in the sense that I will be equipped to better minister to my church and community. I will also use it to invite other pastor’s wives and women pastors and ministers to this training program.
I see myself as a small group leader and enjoy spending my time sharing the gospel with smaller groups of women. This makes me different from my husband who is an outgoing person. I still find our difference as a strength because he usually forgets that the bigger groups are formed from these small groups.

When I was a child, I always admired the life of the Catholic nuns. One of my aunties is a nun, and her Christian work made me feel like emulating her, she has been committed to her work, and this makes her a respected person in the family, but later when I became a believer. I changed churches, but never changed my desire to serve God by helping people.

In 2000 when my husband proposed love to me I was not willing at first because I thought this would hinder my life goal, but I later said yes and we got married and I have been euphoric to help him in the ministry work even as I pursue my vision to help the needy. I am particularly overwhelmed with the suffering of women in my community, and so this is a burden that burns in my heart to reach out to women in ways that go beyond average.

Our small peri-urban town is quite challenging in ministry work. The prevalence of HI/AIDS is quite high, and this is a burden that the community has to carry and the church has a real challenge to reach out to the widows, widowers, and orphans. The infected also need our help, and we are privileged to be a part of an army of women who want to help.
Our local church has been very supportive of our work of reaching out to women and orphans in our community. We have reached out to the community with the full support of the church leadership, and this is a real blessing.
My family is also very supportive, and they help me and encourage me to do even more. My starting of the CLI course is as a result of my husband’s recommendation and his desire to see me learn more and gain more ministry skills so as to improve and enhance my performance.

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I feel that having a scholarship at CLI will help me better serve God as a minister to the women in our church and community. I have observed my husband as he has been studying with CLI and I have noticed that his commitment and faith has grown even stronger and he is aiming high in ministry.

Studying with CLI will be a blessing for my family, church community and me.  I am so thankful to the CLI Vision Partners!  I feel called, and I sense a need to study at such a life impacting institution so as to enhance my Christian and Bible knowledge.

Pray for me to increase in knowledge and win favor before my fellow women and the community as a whole. I also request for prayer for our town; we have much satanic bondage that binds the people, drunkenness has overtaken our youth, and the sin of adultery and fornication are very high, and our town is the second highly infected area regarding HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. Please pray for us.

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Illinois Free Ministry Training – God Can Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

Illinois Free Ministry Training Story

Illinois Free Ministry Training – My name is Lois Clements. I am 46 years old, and I live in a small rural community about 40 miles south of Chicago, IL., USA. My husband and I have one beautiful daughter who recently got married. We are adjusting to being empty nesters.

My relationship with God began on August 26th, 1978. I was 8 years old and attending vacation bible school when I accepted Jesus as my Lord. Even at that young age, I knew I was a sinner who needed a savior. During that time, I had a troubled home life. My father was an alcoholic who emotionally and verbally abused our family. I was molested by an older relative from birth to age 8. Like so many children, I thought it was my fault. I felt alone and afraid. Learning about God’s love for me brought so much comfort and joy into my life. I prayed for God to help me, and He did. I told the person who was sexually abusing me, “God told me to tell you no!”. I told him that God would forgive him of his sins if he asked him to. He began to sob, and he promised me he would never hurt me again. He kept his promise. He went forward during the alter call the next Sunday. My dad later became a Christian and quit drinking. I learned to forgive them for hurting me. God brought something good from these bad situations. God can turn lemons into lemonade.

I have experienced many trials during adulthood, including a difficult marriage which God has restored. I had gastric bypass surgery that left me with chronic pain, malnourishment, and anorexia. After two years and 32 hospital visits, I was finally on the road to recovery. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. I had bilateral mastectomies and chemotherapy. I am now cancer free. These trials have strengthened my relationship with God. I am truly grateful to be alive.

I can relate to many different women, especially hurting women. My dream is to have a women’s ministry. I want to help women who are experiencing some of the struggles that I have been through. I believe my testimony and support can inspire them and bring glory to God. I want to become a small group leader to begin making a difference in the lives of women from my church and surrounding community.

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I have been blessed with amazing family and friends who have supported me through my health battles. They are encouraging me to pursue my dream of helping other hurting women heal. A scholarship to CLI will give me the knowledge and ability that I need to pay it forward. I like the convenience of the online study at your own pace classes. I would not be able to afford a traditional college education. It would be an amazing blessing to receive a quality education for minimal cost.

I would appreciate your prayers for my continued physical and spiritual healing. God has given me the desires of my heart for His glory. If I can give someone hope and encouragement by sharing my story, it will make everything worth while. I know that God has made lemonade from my lemons in life, and He wants to do the same for others.

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Affordable Bible Training – Sharon Rogles

Affordable Bible Training

Affordable Bible Training – I live in Missouri, USA, but I was born overseas to missionary parents. I have known the Lord my whole life and was very busy living a life of service from the time I was 15. Daily life consisted of devotions, school, evangelism, and humanitarian work. My parents were from different churches and left together for the field to follow their faith. I had lived in some countries, five years in India, five years in Japan, and also Peru and European countries when I was younger.

I feel strongly called to serve the Lord in both preparing the next generation to use their spiritual gifts and knowledge of the Lord alongside a leadership program. I would like to create a program that consists of a strong spiritual life and also practical leadership skills. Something like John C Maxwell’s, YouthMax program.

The one thing we lack in this age is younger leaders with a heart for the Lord.

I am leader type am working on getting my bachelors degree so I can be more useful to my future goals and because others seem to require a degree before employing an individual. I have a load of experience motivating others, reaching young people, and also inspiring my age group, but without a degree, it’s very frustrating to follow my heart. It can make one feel like it too far out of reach to serve the Lord

I cannot afford to pay the high price to study material like this nor could I leave to attend a campus as I am a mother of a kindergarten child. But this CLI is amazing, and when I saw it my heart jumped, and my jaw dropped. I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to study sound doctrine and to become better equipped to bring Kingdom principals and values where I go.

I had a spiritual experience in 2011, where I met the Lord in Heaven, and I asked Him frustrating questions about my life. He was so natural, humorous, and was the essence of unconditional love. He then moved his hand into my heart and removed a splinter from my soul that I didn’t even know I was carrying. He told me I had a future to run to. He revived what was dying inside of me and told me my purpose was to restore what’s been depleted in others, to revive hope and faith in the invisible world and Heaven, to revive people’s dreams and purposes, and to replenish the inner resources. I have no idea how this will all come about but I’m on my way by faith, and I know that the angels of God count it a privilege to fight with the sons and daughters of God in the age of the great awakening.

Please pray that the Lord will continue to lead and guide my family was are thinking of moving to North Carolina. Thank you for following your hearts and obeying the inner stirring to give this vital information and scripture to the world by teaching us to lead.

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