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I am Diane Wolfe and I am receiving my ministry call training at Christian Leaders Institute. I was born and have lived in the United States all my life. It is a country where opportunity is available at every corner, yet still so many are hurting and do not know God. Rick Warren once said in one of his books, “Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” I believe that statement to be true, so I will share my story here.
I grew up in the church, but I didn’t really know Jesus until much later in my life. I knew the Bible, hymns, and songs about Jesus, Christian and church doctrine, and I even accepted Christ into my life in my teens, but I didn’t have a relationship with Christ until about five years ago when my life completely derailed. Through my own actions, I was arrested, lost my job, lost my nursing license, and lost my purpose for living. In those darkest hours of my life, I wondered how I could have possibly gotten to that place in my life. Through much soul-searching and prayer, I realized I lacked the one thing that truly mattered…a relationship with Christ. My entire life, I knew there was something missing. Others had it. I searched for it everywhere, but it seemed elusive. You may wonder how a person who grew up in the church, accepted Christ as their Savior and knew the Bible could possibly be in that state, but I was, and I wasn’t alone. There are so many “Christians” running around frantically looking for that missing link…a relationship with Christ.
Out of my deepest hurt, my ministry dream was born…to reach a world of hurting people who are searching for the missing link. Not just to become “saved,” though that is the most important step in beginning the journey; but to truly have a relationship with their Savior. Intertwined in the core desire to reach a hurting world is to also reach out through medical missions to bring physical and emotional healing through medicine and prayer to those in areas where medical care is lacking.
The Getting Started class at Christian Leaders Institute has strengthened my walk with God through the affirmation and belief that only in truly having a relationship with Christ can one grow and bloom in their Christian walk. In order to have a relationship with Christ, there must be time and devotion and prayer spent with the Father. It doesn’t just miraculously happen when we are saved. It is a relationship that, like any other, in order to be healthy and to grow, needs to be cultivated.
If I had to choose which word in ministry resonates with me, I would have to say, Pastor, because it means to care for and teach the flock. My heart is to take care of people and my ministry is to care for people and teach people how to walk with God, so I believe Pastor would be the word that describes what I believe to be my calling, though that may change as I progress through the CLI ministry call training program.
Through achieving my degrees in nursing and as a family nurse practitioner, I have accumulated a lot of debt in student loans that will take the rest of my life to pay off. I believe it is vitally important to have a strong knowledge of the Bible and ministry to be able to effectively lead and teach others about the Bible and Christ. The scholarship at CLI will allow me the opportunity to study more about the Bible and ministry, and to become an effective Christian leader. Without the scholarship, I would not be able to pursue this opportunity. I am so unbelievably grateful that this opportunity does exist and that the Lord led me to it so that I am able to fulfill His mission placed within me.
I ask for prayer that God would equip me for this ministry call training journey that He has called me to and provide me with a clear vision of where I am supposed to go. Also for the perseverance and strength to follow his calling.
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Nicodemus Dery is my name and I am receiving ministry leader education at Christian Leaders Institute. I am from the northern part of Ghana in West Africa specifically a town named Lawra in the Upper West Region. I was born on the 28th of April in 1968. My Dad and Mum were not Christians. I am the fifth among 12 siblings of my Dad who was a polygamist with two wives and each woman had six children.
I was one of the “luckiest” sons of my dad since I received an education, and I know this was the doing of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hold a Masters in Business Administration (MBA- FINANCE) and I am working as an Internal Audit Manager.
I gave my life to our Lord Jesus Christ on June 17, 1988, in a church by Fountain Gate Chapel and ever since I have been following the Lord Jesus. The Lord has blessed me with a wife by the name of Anna Nabere. We married on May 4, 1996, and are blessed with three children. We are all happy in the Lord.
I have had several roles in the Church: Deacon, Head of the Church finance committee, usher, Prayer warrior, etc. I love prayer and meditating on the Word of God and other literature by men and women of God.
It is my desire to sharpen my leadership skills in Christ and I have been searching for a place where I can be trained and receive ministry leader education. I thank the almighty God for directing me to the Christian Leaders Institute website on the internet. In a short time, in the first class, I have learned so much about being a leader who walks with God daily.
Ever since I gave my life to Jesus Christ, I have been pastored and mentored by the following pastors: Rev. Clement Anchebah, Rev. Emmanuel Forson, Rev. Ben Anchebah and Rev. Abraham Jatoe-Kaleo. I am thankful to have been pastored by these men of God.
Thank you, CLI, for this opportunity. May God richly bless you all.
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