Las Vegas Ministry Training
My name is Kevin and I live in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Yes, it is a city filled with many casinos and a vibrant night life, but once you get away from the main strip where most of the casinos are, life is really quite normal. I live and work here, and I enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery we have in the Western United States is breathtaking. It’s a big city, which means It also has all of the problems of any big in the United States because it’s filled with people who need a savior. Sometimes God places a few of those people on my path in life and I am able to minister to them. It’s good to be able to pray with them and talk with them about God’s Word.
I grew up in a Christian family and experienced the Lord at an early age. My Grandmother who was leader of a youth program at our local church would make sure we attended the weekly classes. It did not matter if we were playing football in the field near our house, she would pull up in her car and demand that we get in attend the class. I am forever thankful to her for the Christian upbringing she gave me. However, I had a difficult childhood and I had a difficult time understanding the true nature of God.
I often thought of God as this all-powerful ruler who punished everyone with lightning bolts like Zeus. Even though I was taught about the grace of God, I did not understand his grace fully. That happened during a period of rebellion and trip to New York City. I was in my early twenties and I went to New York because I was dissatisfied with my life and my relationship with God. It was not just my relationship with God; it was my relationship with my father, and my co-workers who stole money from the cash register where I worked, money I had to repay. My life was just not going well at the time and I wanted to get away from my city in Ohio. However, while I was in New York I encountered many problems, like having my car impounded and not being able to get it out because my license was suspended. Though I made some new friends, none of them were Christians and soon I began to feel something I had never felt before. For the first time I actually felt the hunger for the presence of God. Whenever I would speak to my Grandmother on the phone, I wanted to talk to her as long as I could because It actually felt good to have my spirit being fed by another Christian. This and other things which happened while I was in New York helped restore my faith, love and trust in Jesus Christ. Most importantly I know we serve the only God, who loves us, wants a relationship with us, and will never leave or forsake us. I like this scripture: John 14:8 KJV I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. NIV John 14:8 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Honestly, I don’t know what God has in store for me, but I’m willing to find out. I do believe it will be as a teacher of His Word at some capacity, perhaps as an Evangelist. However, I do know that it seems no matter where I am in this world I always find myself praying or sharing God’s Word with someone.
I believe I identify most with an Evangelist. I write this with the understanding of God’s sovereignty and that I could be wrong. I just feel like everything in my life is leading in that direction. I have a desire to travel and share the gospel with people and it seems like that is what peaks my spiritual interest and motivates me to be ready for the plan He has for my life. I would really like to travel and share the Word that God has given to me with others.
I can’t say that there was a key experience, but I believe there were several things in my life that prompted my pursuit. One major thing is that I believe I feel the presence of God moving me towards ministry training. I actually will feel like I’m being disobedient when I’m not pursuing some type of ministry training. It’s more like a huge desire God has placed in my heart that I can’t run away from.
The unique challenge here would probably be like any major city in the world; there are many more distractions, especially at night that can lead people away from Christ.
I do not have the resources to attend most Bible colleges at this time and that’s why I am so thankful for CLI. CLI makes this Las Vegas Ministry Training available to me! CLI is a blessing for anyone who desires excellent ministry training, but does not have the resources to receive training at traditional institutions.