CLI Will Help Reclaim Jamaica for Jesus!
My name is Daniel Bennett from Kingston, Jamaica. I am 28 years old, married for over a year, and father to a 3-month-old boy, Caleb. Certified in Information Technology and HR Recruiting, I am a new student here at Christian Leaders Institute to gain ministry knowledge and skills (Learn more about free online Bible courses, Click Here). I am excited to begin my journey here.
I previously had never heard of CLI. However, at the beginning of 2022 on New Year’s Day to be exact, the Holy Spirit told me to enroll in Bible School. He wanted me to go deeper in knowing my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit led me to the internet. I searched there for “free online Bible school.” He directed me to the Christian Leaders Institute website for ministry knowledge and skills training. I was immediately reassured with a peace that confirmed CLI is where I need to start my journey.
I grew up in a Christian home where my parents were active in their local church. I grew up with Godly principles. Even though I occasionally strayed from them, I always felt like there was something special God had in store for me to do. I usually played the drums and sang in my local church from a very young age. I accepted Christ at the age of 13. At the time, I thought it was the cool thing to do as I saw some of my other friends who attended the local crusade accept the “altar call” and give their life to Jesus.
However, as a teenager, I struggled to stay focused on walking the path as a young Christian. I got distracted and eventually strayed from the truth. During this time, I attended church rarely. Even though my parents constantly encouraged me to return to the fold and be sold out for Christ, I wanted to do things my way. I remember having two near-death encounters while on the backslidden path. As I recall these encounters with thugs from a local gang in a community I visited, I think about how God’s grace has been upon my life even when I thought nothing of Him and lived a life of sin.
Saved By God’s Grace
Fast forward to June 2019 when I was yet again at another crusade held in one of Jamaica’s most volatile communities. After the message, there was an altar call. I heard the voice of the Lord encouraging me to rededicate my life to Him, and I obeyed. I didn’t want to leave without committing to Christ. So, I got baptized on the spot that very night and began a new walk of faith with Jesus. Since then, I have stumbled in my walk, but every time I look up I can see the hands of Jesus reaching out to pull me back up again.
My spiritual dream is for my country Jamaica. I would love to see a revival of great magnitude take over the people, especially those led astray by the evil one and his adversaries. The young people are at stake because they are no longer raised in Christian homes. Having good morals and values is seldom taught by parents. We need Jesus now more than ever in Jamaica.
Ministry Knowlege and Skills Training at CLI
I hope to use my training at CLI to better equip myself with the skills and knowledge to prepare me for full-time ministry. The Lord has been calling me to ministry. And like Jonah, I have been running from the call. Free ministry training has been essential for me to as I am currently unemployed. So, it gives me the opportunity to use my free time to learn about God and the various ways in which I can spread the Gospel to people all over my country and, by extension, the world.
I am beginning this journey with CLI by faith. God’s help will see me through. My aim is to complete a Bachelor’s Degree here and also complete other courses that are related to my field of ministry.