A Firm Foundation Is Key to A Walk with God
My name is Matthew Wisegarver, and I am taking Ministry Basic Training at the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here). Originally from South Korea, I now live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was an orphan in Korea along with my sister in the ’70s. God placed us in an American family in Minnesota when we were very young. Jesus came into my life early when I was 12 years old, and I asked Him to be Lord and Savior.
Running from God
Sometime after that, incidents happened to me at my school and my church. The incidents caused me to question my faith, the existence of God, and why His people were so cruel. I was unable to deal with those incidents because my walk with God was weak. I had not formed good everyday habits like reading His Word, praying to Him, and worshiping Him. I also did not understand the concepts of Gods’ Grace, His Love, and the forgiveness of others as He forgave us. To sum it up in a nutshell, my foundation was fragile and built on sand.
I ended up walking away from Him soon after. I entered the military for the next 18 years after I graduated from high school. During my military stint, I kept running from Jesus. The louder He called out to me, the faster and further I ran. I ended up traveling the world, never staying in one place for too long. Eventually, my lifestyle caught up with me, and I was injured in service. After multiple surgeries, I was medically discharged. I ended up coming back home to Minnesota to recover and start my life over.
God Answers Prayers
I entered college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology. While I was doing so, I started experiencing the same incidents that I experienced as a child. So, I made plans to run again and relocate somewhere else after I graduated. However, God had other plans for me. My parents started praying for me in earnest, and God answered those prayers.
I was working for the State of Minnesota as an IT Security Analyst, but I planned to move back overseas to Japan. Then COVID 19 happened, and everything was locked down in terms of international travel. Then the George Floyd Incident expanded my role at my place of employment, so I was too busy working instead of planning to run.
During all the chaos, I finally caved in to my parent’s requests to attend their church. The pastor’s message was about addressing the type of incidents that happened to me during my childhood and condemning them. The pastor also made a case for forgiving the people causing those incidents as God has forgiven us for our sins. Then the Holy Spirit touched my heart. I recommitted my life to Christ. God’s grace and love pulled me back to Him.
Ministry Basic Training at CLI
This time, the Holy Spirit has been teaching me what my initial failure was and that I need to firm my foundation and relationship with God. So, this is what brings me to the Christian Leaders Institute (CLI).
I have a calling from God to local ministry and eventually to missions. Currently, I am in “basic training” again. I am at CLI to learn God’s fundamentals and His Word to expand His Kingdom effectively by reaching lost souls. My current job prevents me from attending traditional Bible Theology courses during the day. The self-paced nature of CLI helps me fulfill what God has called me to do. I thank God for the opportunity Christian Leaders Institute provides! The first class in Ministry Basic training helped firm my foundation.
I look forward to the other classes that CLI offers!
Church Leadership Achieved Through Online Christian Education
My name is Yvonne Myers, and I am receiving an online Christian Education at the Christian Leaders Institute. I live in England. Currently, I work as a Chaplain for Methodist Homes for the Aged and NHS England (hospital). I felt called to ministry in 2007 when I became a Roman Catholic Prison Chaplain working in a multi-faith environment.
I have a BSc degree from the University of Hull and am fully committed to personal and professional development. At Hull University, I took extra night classes, which included coaching and mentoring (Level 4), Person-Centered Counselling (Level 4), Leadership and Management (Level 4).
Upon starting as a Prison Chaplain, I went to Ushaw College to take a course on Ecumenical Chaplaincy. Through MHA (Methodist Homes for the Aged), I took classes in Worship, Chaplaincy, Dementia Care, End of life, Aging, and Spirituality. In addition, I have studied independently to develop my ministry skills with courses in Autism, Learning Difficulties, Managing Behavior That Challenges, Mental Health, and Business and Admin. In 2015, I took a Catholic Bible Study Course, and in 2019, I took Canon Law and Church History with Maryvale Institute. More recently, I have taken some free courses with the Open University on Philosophy and Religion Today.
Discovering Christian Leaders Online
I am pleased to have stumbled across Christian Leaders Institute for and online Christian education because, as a Catholic woman, I didn’t feel called to be a nun. Therefore, I chose to pursue a university degree that would give me employment opportunities. I grew up in a Catholic family and attended Convent Schools in Wales. My faith has always been a huge part of my life. My relationship with God started at the age of six when I attended boarding school and had an excellent opportunity for contemplation and prayer. The call to serve was never far from my life. I have been a church reader since the age of 12. In my 20s, I became a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Peter Chanel in Hull. After that, I accepted the calling to assist in teaching RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Course) for adults.
Finding this opportunity to get further training will enhance my credentials and enable me to be in a position to accept whatever God would like me to do in the future. As an individual on a low income with a young family to support, tuition-free Bible training and the ability to study online at home are vital. I strive for church leadership achieved through online education.
I grew up in a culture where a female serving the Lord was restricted. As a result, I never sought ministry because it was not a call I could accept. However, somehow, God has ‘called’ me, and I can accept. I do so daily by giving thanks, and I commit to my vocation by saying, “Here I am.” My spiritual dream is to continue to be in a position to say, “Yes, Lord, here I am, and please help me to minister effectively.”
I have already mentioned cultural obstacles to my opportunity to accept my vocation. Sadly, discrimination because I am a Catholic and a woman is an issue I occasionally face. However, I received much encouragement from those I serve to those in authority, such as the President of the Methodist Church in England and the Catholic Bishop of Lancaster.
I am a church reader and lead Sunday School at my local Catholic church. Occasionally, I lead a Service of the Word at the local Methodist Churches. In 2018, I won an award for Innovation in Worship by developing a style of worship I call Biblical Yoga. It uses kinesthetic movement to help individuals living with dementia to engage with the service. I also have used this Service of the Word style as an after-school activity at a local primary school. It is popular. Most recently, I wrote a dementia Bible to help older adults living with dementia. It enables them to access the Bible in a natural and personal way.
Hi! My name is Joseph Olanrewaju Micheal, and I am studying at Christian Leaders Institute to learn more about the Bible and ministry service(Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here). I am from Nigeria and live in the megacity of the country which is Lagos. Born on September 19, 1990, to the family of late Mr. and Mrs. Oguntoye, I am from four siblings. I am the first son of my parents. My parents divorced when I was two years of age. Then I stayed with my father, but my mum checked on me often.
My Spiritual Journey Began
When I was thirteen, I had a revelation. God opened my eyes through dreams even when I didn’t know Jesus Christ because my parents didn’t go to church. But God gave me grace and taught me how to pray and cancel evil dreams right from my teenage years. Then, when I was 15, my neighbor invited me to their church. After that, I always attended every service. To the glory of God, this family put me on the right track with God even when my parents never attended with me.
Challenges and New Direction
When I was 19, I left my parents’ house in my final year at higher school. They were unable to pay my examination fee, which deprived me of having my higher school results. So, I left and stayed with friends. This move brought another part to the story of my life. I joined the bad gangs and left the church I attended. I followed friends to a mosque, lots of parties, even different churches in search of ladies. Thankfully, in all these bad choices, my heart and love were still with the Lord God. I didn’t drink alcohol or smoke with those friends. But, something in me kept telling me I didn’t belong to them and that way of life.
Finally, I got my apartment. I returned to my first love, which is Jesus, and left those friends with this move. Then, I gave myself to learning. First, I learned computer graphic design and engineering even though there was no formal education. Then, after three years of training, I decided to further my education. I took my higher school examination and passed it. Next, I enrolled in Mountain Top Theological Seminary to further my study and to fulfill the call of God for my life.
Study at CLI to Learn About the Bible
Currently, I am single and continue giving myself to learning. When I found the Christian Leaders Institute, I enrolled to learn more about the Bible, my maker, and fulfill my divine purpose in life. I have served as a Youth Pastor, Leader, Teacher, and Small Group Leader in my local church for the glory of God. I thank God for His love and grace and will work for Him, so His name is glorified. Matthew 6:33 is my watchword. God bless, CLI!