Raising Support to Serve:
Starting Date: October 2014
Home State: Arizona
Testimony: I have enjoyed and appreciated my tie here in BMW. Coming here is another testimony and story in itself, but God has made it possible for me to be here Although I’m here, that doesn’t mean I’ve never struggled. There have been countless times where I was taught to depend on God. My relationship with God is probably the biggest thing. God has definitely given me a desire to know Him through His Word and prayer.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26 ESV
Starting Date: Fall 2014 Home State: Florida
Testimony: I have known since I was ten years old that I would be a missionary. God called me at a young age, through going on Teen Missions summer teams, to serve Him with my whole life. Being involved with Teen Missions, I heard every summer about BMW and had many leaders who were BMW students. I know BMW can provide the hands-on and spiritual training I will need wherever God leads. Jesus gave His life for me, so that I may have life. This life He has given I will pour out for Him.
“But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14 NASB
– Humility and patience, to be teachable, selfless, and Spirit led
– Clarity in where God will have me serve after BMW
– That I make the most of the time I have here
Starting Date: Fall 2014 Home State: Iowa
Testimony: God is beyond good to us when we wait patiently and obey Him. Before attending BMW, I lived a selfish, worldly life. I had no idea what I was getting into when I applied to BMW. Moving to Florida to learn about Jesus sounded good to me! Through being here, I have matured, even in little things.
Having come to understand what it means to have a personal relationship with God, I am grateful! I have learned the power of prayer, and that God wants me to be vulnerable with Him, though He already knows my heart. I have learned things about myself that I never knew. Things I’ve struggled with and hidden for years have surfaced, and been faced. Though sometimes it hurts, the freedom is worth it.I’m thankful for the mind of Christ, and learning how to make His thoughts my thoughts. I’m thankful the Lord is in control, because He makes life better. I have experienced His faithfulness and answers to prayers in countless ways.
I’m not saying I’m never selfish, or I don’t struggle, because I still do. But when I do, I can lay it at my Savior’s feet. There are endless things to learn, and sometimes life gets really overwhelming when I try to take it all in at once. I have learned to step back and cast my anxieties on God. When life gets hard, when I have to fight my flesh, and when the fight seems impossible, God is still good. I couldn’t be more thankful for what God has taught me BMW. The lifelong relationships I have cultivated, and the memories and adventures I can hold onto for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t trade this experience!
– Obedience to the Lord’s leading in all circumstances
– Raising the funds needed for my internship beginning in 2017
– Not allowing my emotions to effect or control my actions
Starting Date: Winter 2016 Home State: Georgia
After accepting the Lord as my personal Savior when I was fourteen years old, I knew He was calling me to serve Him with all of my heart. After a missions trip to Haiti with Teen Missions, I knew He was calling me into full time, overseas missions work. After four more years of teams with Teen Missions I knew God was telling me to come to BMW. BMW was without a doubt the hardest two years of my life, but also the most rewarding. While at BMW I grew so much, both spiritually and in maturity. I learned more about the Bible than I ever thought I would, and I was encouraged to keep learning and growing for myself. BMW grew me and stretched me, and I’m thankful for that.
Now that I have completed my two years of schooling I have begun my one year internship in the beautiful nation of Madagascar. I’m so excited to put into practice all that I was taught while at BMW. But more importantly I’m excited to serve the Lord with my whole heart, and to show others His life-saving grace!
Starting Date: Fall 2014 Home State: Pennsylvania
Testimony: My first experience with Christ was when I was six years old. I watched the Jesus Film with my family and I felt very convicted by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as my Savior. I “prayed the prayer” at the end of the movie. This made me feel good. Yet I didn’t make any real spiritual changes in my life. I was basically your average so-called Christian hypocrite. Of course, that led to a variety of sin problems in my life.
I was going to church and youth group and doing all the things my parents expected me to do. I only did them out of obligation, only to please my parents. My sin was starting to affect my everyday life. I had a difficult time making friends because I was so consumed with myself. Finally, I got so sick of the way I was living that I had to make a choice: either wallow in my sin, or let my true Master have complete control over my life. I chose the latter and I haven’t looked back. Everything about my new life as a disciple of Christ satisfies me to the fullest and I have no desire to return to my old life with its problems and consequences. The Lord makes life truly satisfying.
– Contentment to be a slave for the Lord.
– The Holy Spirit will move in me and use me to further His Kingdom.
– I will look for ways to make and encourage disciples.