Christian Leaders Training
Hello, my name is Derek Karl and I am receiving Christian leaders training at CLI. I am blessed to live in north Texas, in the United States. I work as a Parts Manager for a local boat dealership. Through the faithfulness of my mother, I came to know the Lord at the age of ten. As an adult, I let the cares of the world occupy my time. I left no room for my relationship with God. I realized I had been trying to live life on my own terms. It was then that I cried out to Jesus, and he restored my walk and my passion. The Getting Started Class at Christian Leaders Institute has not only strengthened my walk with Christ but also inspired me to press forward with the work of His ministry.
Through the urging of my daughter and some of her friends, my wife and I started a home Bible study. As this ministry grew, it became apparent to me that I needed some formal ministry training. I looked at the many online Bible colleges, but the tuition and fees at these institutions would prohibit me from attaining my dream. I knew that the Lord did not want me to put my family in debt to that extent, but I also knew that he had given me a calling to ministry. Then one day, I came across the CLI website. I enrolled and began the introductory session. After watching the first video and seeing the passion Pastor Reyenga had for the calling of CLI, I was totally moved in the Spirit!
I hope to pass on the knowledge I obtain at CLI through home Bible studies and neighborhood gatherings. I feel as Christians, we should think outside of the box and use our gifts to reach those in our communities that many have cast aside. I have shared much of Pastor Elzinga’s Connection class with my wife, and I feel that it has restored the emphasis for our individual, spousal, and family relationships with God. Please keep me, my family and my mentor in your prayers so that the attacks of the enemy during this time will not prevail! I just want all of the board, faculty and staff at CLI to know what a great work they are doing for the Kingdom! God bless you!
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