Seminary School Training at CLI for Free
My name is Kristina Richards, and I am receiving seminary school training at the Christian Leaders Institute. When I was a child, my great-grandma used to read the Bible, pray continually, and was singing praises all of the time. My mom and dad always said that the Bible was true, but they never went to church.
Early Life Struggles
When I was 13, I went to a local church that several of my friends were attending. Not long after I started attending, the youth pastor took advantage of me. I spent the next three years being sexually and physically abused by him. When he finally got arrested, I turned away from God.
I got married and had my first child by the time I was 17. My husband was abusive, as well. I decided to end my life by overdosing on drugs. That didn’t work, but I did get addicted. When I was 19, I was arrested for possession. A year later, in 2005, I turned myself in to my probation officer. She sent me to jail, transferred me to treatment, and then let me come home on house arrest. I found God in jail, and it changed my whole life.
Since then, I finished probation early. Then, I completed four years of college for elementary education and then found out that my arrest prevents me from teaching. God had another plan. I then spent a year in a seminary school. I have a lot of health problems, so I am unable to work.
God has used all of this to have me start a Celebrate Recovery group. I teach the kids on Tuesday nights at church. God has also empowered me to homeschool my second child and to co-teach a class at our local homeschool co-op.
Currently, I am taking classes at the Christian Leaders Institute. I am seeking ordination with CLA and learning as much as I can at CLI. My spiritual dream is to become a minister of a church. I will follow wherever the Lord leads me because He knows my purpose.
The free training at CLI is crucial because I was unable to finish seminary school. I ran out of money. I would not be able to complete my schooling if it was for CLI and its free seminary school training.