This is a note I just received from one of our recent graduates:
How are you doing? I am doing well and absolutely amazed at God’s continued faithfulness. There is so much that I could share and probably a conversation over the phone would be best otherwise you will get a book for a message. Briefly I have to say that God has provided employment for this next year at a level that will provide all the funds for two years at MTC. So the plan is still a year from this August to be in Missouri!
God has also continued to challenge my perspective and I am constantly challenged through almost everything regarding those who have not heard the gospel. The resolve and desire grows continually. A realization of the magnitude of the individual time I will have with Savior at the Bema seat also has really grown in my thoughts and the point to live this life with an eye on that moment! I have begun to deeply understand and grasp an underlying point of my two years at NTBI. God used this precious time to build a foundation for a lifetime of deep, life impacting and thrilling learning. Everything is processed with a Biblical perspective.
Finally, I spoke with Erin and we share a great friendship but that is as far as it is going to go. The wonderful thing about it is that, unlike several years ago when I probably would have been crushed and likely angry at God, I am at a complete peace. I can truly say that while at NTBI I began to learn and embrace contentment in Christ alone and it is the greatest ever. I just need Him!
Today God really began to open my eyes to the importance of others in the context of a team. I was sending out messages last night to many classmates at NTBI and realized that my heart ached for the relationships and conversations that we shared and how crucial this would be on the field. I get the feeling God has just started with me in so many areas that I pridefully withheld from Him for so many years.