Hi, my name is Carley Rutkowske, and I am receiving needed Bible training at the Christian Leaders Institute. I live in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, with my husband Jeff and our five kids. From oldest to youngest, there is Dominic(15), Peyton (8), Preston (7), Landon (5), and Avery (20 months). I was, however, born and raised in Michigan just south of Detroit in a city named Lincoln Park.
My great-great-grandma (Ma) raised me. My mom always had medical issues, and for her to have a child was something amazing within itself. I grew up Christian. Ma did her best to make sure God was a part of my life. She had me go to church. Ma did not drive, and I don’t know why. She always pointed me towards a path of God. I went to church and enjoyed learning. At the same time, though, I didn’t see it any different than going to school. I was a bit rebellious. Looking back now, it seems silly.
I believe with my whole heart that this has been a long time coming; however, it wasn’t until now that things have been put into motion. I always felt the need to guide, help, and make a difference. At the same time, I felt as if something was missing. We all go through things, and each situation is different because it is a new experience. My most horrible experience did not bring hate nor blame. Of course, grief and sadness came; I am still sad at times. Instead of questioning God or turning away from God, I turned to him. Can I 100% explain it? No, I had God in my heart; I was just not always listening.
No longer was God just a convenience when I wanted. Now I have an everyday relationship with him. I talk to him, read the Bible, and study it. I ask God for guidance in all things. Sometimes it is not easy. It is not easy to not be stressed at times. It is hard to be patient at other times, not to worry when something does not go according to plan. I can see God’s building blocks for me leading to this moment.
Needed Bible Training at CLI
I want to represent God in all things. For that, even to be possible, I needed Bible training. I need to continue learning. My dream is to be a tool for God, to do all things through him. A judge in Detroit was asked to go up for a Supreme Court Judge. He refused, saying, “I’m already doing God’s work right here.” I want to do God’s work well.
A new door opened with the Christian Leaders Institute. Not just for me but for individuals around the world as well. I have to admit the cost of this education is shocking-in a great way. Thank you to those that donate and make that possible. Without them, it wouldn’t even be an option for me. Of course, it is helpful financially because there will not be debt like there is with traditional institutions. It is also beneficial due to the opportunities it will bring, both within the church and the community. Most importantly, it will prepare me to lead others better than before this training.
I’m excited to be a part of the Christian Leaders Institute. I will work hard and give it my all in the classes I take. I finished my first course and know that great things will come from being part of the Christian Leaders Institute. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11