As I teach year after year, class after class, seminar after seminar, the thought always haunts me, “What will these people do with the things they’re learning five, or even ten, years from now? Will they simply revert to life as usual? Will they still be pressing forward or will they burn out and throw in the towel?”
One of the greatest joys I get to experience as I travel teaching and preaching is encountering former students from ARISE and other training programs I’ve been a part of. It’s such an encouragement to know that many of these friends are still shining, still making valuable contributions to the church and being a blessing in the world.
I recently traveled to the Netherlands to speak at a young adult conference. Throughout the weekend I got to fellowship with two young ladies, Indirah and Irene. Not only are they old friends and alumni from the ARISE class of 2008, but there’s a sincerity about their commitment to the gospel and their desire to serve the Lord that just inspires me.
After graduating from …
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