December 12, 2009 was a bittersweet day at ARISE. It was a day of laughter and tears. It was a day of remembering the past and planning for the future. It was the day of the ARISE Graduation. After a wonderful four months surrounded by 52 Spirit-filled students, this was the day we would send them off “unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Looking back at the last four months the Lord definitely answered our prayers for a class that would set the tone for all future classes in our new home, Sonora, CA. This class was marked by cultural diversity and sincere spirituality. It was such an inspiration to see people of different age, ethnicity, and heritage bonding together through prayer and honest study of the Scriptures. This group of young (and not so young) people epitomized the desired outcome of the ARISE Flagship Program: changed lives.
The year was highlighted by several uplifting events including Bible Boot Camp, a two-week course on how to give an effective …
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