My name is Sebastian Franitza, and I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. I recently moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to follow God’s calling for my life’s career and ministry. Over the past few years, God completely changed my life and showed me things I never thought possible. I am also studying at the Christian Leaders Institute for the Field Minister training.
Since I was a child, I was an avid shortwave listener and electronics hobbyist. I was fascinated with electronics as far back as I can recall. I began building basic circuits, radios, and transmitting equipment in the 3rd and 4th grades. The local Radio Shack became my favorite hangout spot. My passion for radio and electronics grew throughout my teenage years, and I got my first Amateur Radio license when I was 15.
I grew up in a Christian household and made a profession of faith at the age of 9. However, I did not fully dedicate my life to Christ until years later while attending college at DeVry. The idea of working in Christian Radio was a long-time passion of mine. However, my college and career choices did not initially reflect this calling.
As a young and immature believer, I did things my way. Despite this, every job experience God placed in my path contributed to my current calling somehow. Things began to happen when I prayerfully surrendered to God’s calling for my life. After much prayer and meditation, I heard from God that this was my chosen direction. In obedience, I am stepping out in faith to accept God’s calling. A calling that He had laid on my heart long ago.
I currently work as an engineer for an extensive Christian radio network and oversee several Indiana/Ohio/Michigan stations. In my travels, I have gotten into many spiritual discussions with strangers who need encouragement. I also felt the calling to become an ordained minister for a while now. In a recent conversation with a gentleman in a hotel lobby, he asked if I was a minister. Shocked at first, I didn’t know what to say. So I shook my head and said, “No, just a follower of Christ.” It hit me right then! God wants me to be more and to “study to show myself approved.”
Field Minister Training at CLI
My three most vital spiritual gifts are exhortation, prophecy, and discernment. I am a willing student. However, I need to be sharpened before I can be effective. I see myself as becoming an official lay pastor. I am interested in the Field Minister training program here at the Christian Leaders Institute. Part of what interested me was that I could take classes for free online and earn credits towards a pastoral degree in my spare time. I already see that the resources here are invaluable in this endeavor, especially since my schedule does not allow me to attend a traditional seminary.
God has called me to preach and encourage believers and non-believers alike. He has called me to evangelize and share His good news.
I will likely write more about this later, but to do so would require me to write a book. Yes, God may be calling me to write a few books. I can’t wait to see where all of this is going. I must trust Him and the visions and dreams He has given me these past few years. They are from Him because the daily scripture I read constantly affirms that they are His messages and directions for my life. Other believers in my life also affirm them during our times of fellowship!
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