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My name is Russell Chiputura, and I appreciate the free ministry study opportunity at CLI. Being born in Chitungwiza, Harare, Zimbabwe, I live in Harare. I am a writer/author, entrepreneur, and speaker. I founded an organization called Revive and a company called Strategy. Revive is an organization that preaches the gospel through articles, books, and visual content. Strategy is a company that provides businesses with formal structures to run a successful business. I am the elder son of two in our family.
I have no Christian background. Regardless of my poor Christian experience, I found myself interested in going to church. When I was around six years old, I would insist on going to church even if I had no one to accompany me. I attended a local Seventh Day Adventist church in Chitungwiza. They had a class that I attended, and they shared Christ with me. That is when I was born-again. The love of Jesus continued to be evident everywhere I went after that.
When I was 14 years of age, I received a prophecy from a school mate that God had called me. It didn’t make sense to me then. Calling was not an easy thing to embrace. I later became the president of my school scripture union and held many leadership positions. I was destined to be a leader but thought I was not. When I was 18 years old, I received a definite prophecy that God had called me into ministry.
The knowledge of the calling upon my life triggered a great dilemma. I wanted to pursue accounting, but then, my calling showed up. It wasn’t easy for me to commit to this unexpected path because of my surrounding circumstances. The pastors I knew were not financially stable, and ministry was a most unattractive occupation. My social sphere and my mother were firmly against this ministry idea. Where I come from, academics always win. Getting a degree has proven to be a solution to the poverty crisis. So, everyone offers great praise toward that. Any occupation that doesn’t fall in the range of making money is dismissed and undervalued.
Then, I went to South Africa to pursue accounting. Leaving for South Africa intensified the dilemma. Multiple negative encounters interrupted my accountant journey. Then, I heard God audibly speak to me. He said, “Leave whatever you are doing, do my work.” From that moment, I changed my work direction. I wrote my first book and started to preach at my local church. Then, I moved back to Zimbabwe to be close to my spiritual mentors before I went into full-time ministry.
I was puzzled how I could tackle all the responsibilities that are demanded by my endeavors. Being a business owner, author, and speaker was challenging. How was I to attend a full-time ministry training institution? When I found out about the Christian Leaders Institute, it was a dream come true. I can fulfill all my life responsibilities and get quality ministry training simultaneously. Now I look forward to my free ministry study opportunity with CLI.
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My name is Linda Sue Pugh, and I have a teaching ministry call on my life. I live in the United States of America. At the age of 4, I met Jesus Christ. Our pastor’s wife took me to the altar, and there we prayed together. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and He did. As I grew up, our family moved more than an hour away from my home town. I suffered from depression and anger at having to move away from all my friends. It got worse when I experienced bullying at the new school which went to the eighth grade. From there, I went to high school. High school was much better, but I did not always listen to Jesus and made some poor choices.
God has always been faithful. There were times throughout high school I was called upon to either speak in front of a group or to lead a prayer. I don’t know why I was chosen to do those things. But, I know I could not ever deny Christ and say I didn’t want to do that. Other opportunities like these have opened doors to minister to others.
Then, the Lord called me to be a Worship Leader in our local church. This position was something for which I felt unprepared. I eventually was asked to sing in a gospel music group. While there, we made two recordings. But these things were not fulfilling in and of themselves. I needed Jesus to be REAL and ALIVE in my life. Marital problems led me to call upon Christ earnestly, and He showed up.
I attended college and received my Master’s Degree in Special Education Administration. Since that time, I joyfully teach adult Sunday school class and speak to people routinely about Jesus. I was not pursuing this for my benefit, but because God ordained it. My decision to embrace this and run with it has been fulfilling! I also lead women’s Bible studies at least once a year in my home, and I just returned from my second mission trip to Honduras.
Now I am studying at Christian Leaders Institute to learn more about the Bible and to receive ministry training for my teaching ministry call. So, what does God have in mind for the rest of my life? I am not certain, but I know that it will be good and meaningful.
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My name is Terry Comeford, and I have a nursing home ministry calling on my life. I was born in Norfolk, Nebraska in the United States of America. I am an Army Veteran. Shortly after I received baptism at a summer church camp at the age of thirteen, my journey with the Lord started in earnest. It was at this time that I felt that God was calling me to the ministry. I went through a time of searching for truth. That path led me to explore many different religious organizations, synagogues, and churches.
After I left the United States Army, I moved to San Antonio, Texas. I lived there for fifteen years, and I became a funeral director and embalmer. In 1999, I moved back to Nebraska to lend assistance to my aging mother. My mother went into a nursing home, and I started helping with the church services there. She went to heaven three years ago.
Seven years ago, I married the love of my life, Sally Mercado. When I married Sally, I started to make a fully committed effort to follow Jesus. The best decision of my life. Together we share our passion for Jesus in a nursing home ministry. I started doing Bible teaching, preaching, and leading the worship service as I mentioned earlier. We do a complete service with communion for the residents. I am also the leader of a men’s group at our local church.
This free online ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute is a huge blessing as I answer my nursing home ministry calling. I did not want to go into debt for my ministry education. These classes at Christian Leaders Institute are very informative and have helped me to grow. They made me think through so many of the leadership challenges and blessings that are faced. I look forward to studying more for my nursing home ministry calling.
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