My name is Bryan. I am 20 years young and currently attending the wonderful school of Eternity Bible College. I am from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and have lived in Simi Valley since January of 2010 when I moved here to attend EBC. Since then, my life has changed so much.
I graduated from Wilson Central HS in May of 2009 with the intention of going to a Christian College in Kentucky. By graduation I had already been accepted and was so excited to go, but there were a couple problems standing in my way. Although, it is an amazing school with a wonderful campus and student body, of which I had visited several times by this point, it was not exactly the cheapest school on earth. The way that most students get through college is either: student loans (incurring debt), scholarships (which I wasn’t exactly to eligible for many), or maybe parents paying for college (which wasn’t my case). I also had trouble getting a dorm and finding a job. So, after some prayer and hard thought, I decided it would be in my best interest not to go.
I then got two jobs and started working around 80 hours a week. All in this same 3 month time period I found out about EBC. I couldn’t believe the schools heart in not wanting students to incur any debt. After reading their Statement of Faith, what they are all about, and how they will help prepare you for ministry and help you to graduate debt free, I was hooked. I immediately applied. By this time, though, I wouldn’t be able to make it to the Fall semester. So, I worked as hard as I could Fall semester, saved up some money, and after hearing I got accepted, moved to Simi Valley in January to start in the Spring.
This has been the craziest, happiest year and a half of my life. I thought I knew a thing or two about the Bible before I moved out here but quickly realized how much I didn’t know. EBC has reshaped my understanding of the Bible and the reality of the Gospel in my everyday life. The passionate, loving faculty has shown me what it means to live as a follower of Christ. You can gain all the knowledge about the Bible on earth, but until you see someone living it out, (in this case, the entire staff and student body), it’s hard to understand how living as a follow of Jesus plays out in your own life.
I came out to Simi Valley with a pretty substantial amount of money, but God quickly broke me down and showed me how non-dependent of Him I was. I became next to broke and had to rely on God for everything, and everything I needed was given at the perfect moment on God’s timing. I was unable to attend school last semester but I think it was good for me. I started back again this semester and have loved every minute of it. I can’t wait for the Fall semester, and every semester after that, to continue my studies.
In all honesty, without EBC, I don’t think that I would be in College right now. I wouldn’t have the money, resources, passion, friends, or motives to be attending school. I would probably be working and just doing what I could to get by back in Tennessee. EBC is distinctly where God brought me in the most miraculous way that no one could have ever predicted. I have been trying to think about what my life would be like without EBC and have been unable to imagine it.
I love EBC and all the students, Professors, and faculty. They have all impacted my life to an unimaginable degree and I am so very thankful for that. I love how I am constantly challenged and motivated to live more like Jesus. The staff doesn’t just teach you; they get to know you and become part of your life. They love you and care about you. It’s not just their job, it’s their passion and what God has called them to do. EBC may be small but it is powerful. It is changing the lives of many for the Glory of God. It is preparing and sending out students for/to the ministry and mission field. EBC faculty is not only teaching students how to live Gospel minded, it is showing them how to by their own lives. They teach not only in the classroom but by the fruits in their personal lives as well.
God is doing a work at EBC that is incomparable. He is using Eternity Bible College to mold students into a Gospel minded people who are passionate about sharing Jesus with everyone they come in contact with; not with words and hasty speech, but by the way they live their lives and by their actions. EBC is training students up in righteousness to take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.
This is just a tiny glimpse into the work God is doing in my life at EBC. I hope that this has encouraged you to believe in EBC’s mission and purpose and empowered you to join in praying for EBC’s staff and students; that God would continue the work He is doing at EBC.
Christ is Risen,
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