My Spiritual Journey
Hello, my name is Stephen Gatete, and I am thankful for the online Bible School courses at Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here). I am from Kigali, Rwanda, in the eastern part of Africa. I am a husband to a beautiful wife. God blessed us with two exceptional children: a four-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. Because of the history of our country dating back to the political instability in 1959, my grandparents fled to the neighboring country, Uganda. I was born as the third generation of refugees because my parents were born in Uganda as refugees also. We were repatriated to Rwanda in 1994 after the Genocide.
My mother is a born-again protestant. From my early years, she used to share the Word of God with us, but I was not as interested as my siblings were. We attended local church services every Sunday, where my two sisters were singing in the worship team.
As I grew up and went to high school at a boarding school, I became part of peer groups. These groups influenced me to drink alcohol at an early age. Then, one day, my mother visited me at school, and she spoke some fantastic things about my life. She said that I would travel the world and study and finish my studies without any problem. At that time, I thought that these were just her wishes, but I lived to witness all that she spoke into my life.
Personal Salvation and the Calling
My first encounter with Christ happened in September 2011. As I was going home, I heard a voice telling me that if I kept taking alcohol, I would become a useless person in life. This message humbled me a lot. From that time, I surrendered everything to God. After quitting alcohol, I started to get enough time to go to church.
However, this did not come without challenges. I had to start a new life and leave the peer groups and friends I used to have around me. I prayed to God to bring new people to help me grow in my new life. Finally, in 2012, I gave my life to Christ as my Lord and Savior. During this time, I started to feel a calling within me to serve and proclaim His Word to people.
Spiritual Dream and Online Bible School Courses at CLI
My spiritual dream is to live for the Lord and do what He envisioned in me when I was born. Additionally, I want to proclaim His Word to as many people as I can. Then those who are still in darkness may know how He loves them abundantly. The Christian Leaders Institute online Bible School courses are an opportunity for me. Through CLI, I know more about the ministry and how better to serve God and His people. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for me to increase my knowledge and confidence to serve the small group from our local church that my wife and I lead.
These free online Bible School courses are a blessing sent from God because they help many who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Also, many do not have time to attend a regular Bible school to discover their calling, develop their confidence in the Word, and earn credentials that will allow them to meet the requirements to lead God’s people. Thank you, CLI, for providing these!
Steps to Sign Up At Christian Leaders Institute
Step 1 – Register for a free study account that automatically enrolls you in the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2.
After you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the “getting started” course. You will locate the course at your “home” button when you are logged in. Scroll down to find the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2 Link. Click the link and open the course.
Step 2 – Complete Part 1 of this course, and then you are allowed to enroll in mini-courses or regular courses.
The Christian Leaders Getting Started Class Part 1 shows you how to enroll in courses and mini-courses. Part 2 of the course connects your calling into ministry with programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute. Part 2 will offer some ministry training and introduce you to the other programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute.