I am Otto Ball and I am receiving ministry education at CLI. I was born November 19, 1957. I am the youngest of 11 children and my father had a drinking problem. He believed that I was not his child for his whole life. The feeling of rejection from that was a part of my life. I did go to Vacation Bible School and take Jesus as my Savior as a young teen. But with no follow-up, I didn’t know all that God had for me.
Not long after, I saw a Billy Graham Crusade on TV and a message about a new life. I watched as many came forward for that new life. Years later now in my twenties, I sought out that new life for mine was a mess. I went to a church and when the altar call was given I went forward. I later was baptized in that church and attended regularly. I found love and acceptance and my life began to change. There I met a guy who got saved reading a tract in his sister’s bathroom. His name was Dave and he discipled me. He took me with him to pass out tracts sharing our new found faith.
I have since shared the good news wherever I could find an open door. I witnessed at nursing homes, the county jail and in a state prison. I was a volunteer there from September 11, 2001, until January 2011 leading a small group Bible study weekly. About twice a year, I was able to preach to the church there on Sunday mornings to a packed house of 200 plus inmates. I have also been writing to inmates since 2000. At the last count, over 2500 have written to us and I answer every letter. I desired to do more and began seeking to further my studies. I found Christian Leaders Institute through a google search. It provides what I am looking for, I can’t afford to go far in debt at this stage of life and it is convenient to take the courses. Thank you, Christian Leaders Institute, for this opportunity.
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